Summer Reading Wrap Up

Summer is the perfect time to indulge in more than a few page turners. Between spending sunny days on the dock by the water and rainy days snuggled up by the fire, this summer was the perfect backdrop for several books that I loved. I even broke character and took on a few romance novels!

These are the books that I finished from June – August

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt


I took my time with this one, careful to savour every detail and clue. A masterpiece, truly. I loved it so much that I picked it for the September Human Kind Book Club book of the month! Cannot wait for it to become a movie next month.

A Nearly Normal Family – M.T Edvardsson


One of the few thriller/mystery novels I’ve read recently, but holy smokes was this one entertaining. I picked it up after it was named the first book of Heather’s (Indigo CEO) Book Club. If you’re looking for a fast paced, high stakes great read, this is the one for you. Heather even said in an interview that she loved it so much, she called the publishing company and had them up the release date so that it would be ready in time for summer! It’s that good.

Beartown – Fredrick Backman


This was my second time reading Beartown but my first time through an audiobook. What can I say that I haven’t already said about this book? It’s an all time favourite of mine, and I think everyone needs to read it once in their lifetime.

Aria – Nazanine Hozar


I received an advanced readers copy of Aria from Penguin Random House of Canada. On the heels of A Nearly Normal Family, Aria was also named to Heather’s Book Club, but this one didn’t quite do it for me. It’s a fascinating novel set during the Iranian revolution, but my lack of knowledge on the subject held me back, and I found there were just too many characters to keep track of. I also struggle when books can be overly graphic, albeit necessarily so in this case. Fans of I Am Malala will enjoy this one. Further, I hope that the film rights are bought because I could see this becoming a spectacular movie.

Mrs. Everything – Jennifer Weiner


Jennifer Weiner is fantastic, where has she been all my life? This book made me cry, laugh, and panic about my future all at the same time….but in a good way? Mrs. Everything is an important novel for women of all generations to read. Go buy it.

Star-Crossed – Minnie Darke


I received Star-Crossed through an Instagram giveaway back in the spring, but hadn’t gotten around to reading it until recently. Truthfully, it was a bit whimsical and “chick-flick-ish” for me, but I can’t discredit the writing. Minne Darke is a lovely writer, and Star-Crossed is a cute story about what happens when you take fate into your own hands…if you’re looking for something light and fun, check it out!

Gun Love – Jennifer Clement


This one was heavy friends. The entire novel is written like a poem. The writing is tremendous and the content is undeniably relevant. I read this one in two sittings and felt every word.

All We Ever Wanted – Emily Griffin


A timely and relevant read paced nicely to keep the pages flying. Aside from a jaw dropping ending, I didn’t love this one however there were many redeeming qualities. Themes of privilege, race, feminism and power.

Ask Again, Yes – Mary Beth Keane


I had very high hopes for how hyped up this book was since its release. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if it had received less hype, though it was a great read no less. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was a favourite of mine or that it was even all that memorable, but I did enjoy the story and it was expertly written.

The Proposal – Jasmine Guillory


The perfect summer read. I do not typically read many ‘romance’ novels, but this one did not disappoint. As cheesy as the set up us, the characters are loveable and charming. I devoured this one in a few days. I should learn not to question a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick!

The summer might be technically over, but there is still plenty of time to pick up a new read and take yourself on a mind vacation! Happy reading

xox Annie

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