With the first day of fall just a day away, I wanted to take a second to briefly talk about a few of my favorite reads from this summer. Summer was busy and exhausting because of moving and starting a new job, yet I read 28 books and participated in two readathons. I read a combination of contemporary, fantasy, and sci-fi, which is different from previous summers because I tend to lean towards fantasy more. I’m happy I branched out because I discovered some fantastic new authors. Without further ado, here are my top 5 summer reads hot off the press.
5. DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING BY TRICIA LEVENSELLER
I devoured this book from cover to cover in one sitting. Daughter of the Pirate King was so much fun and had a nice balance of plot, romance, and interesting characters. As soon as I finished this book, I bought the sequel on my Nook because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Bravo, Tricia Levenseller.
4. A REAPER AT THE GATES BY SABAA TAHIR
If you listen closely, you can still hear my heart being ripped out of my chest by Sabaa Tahir. A Reaper at the Gates was one of my most anticipated reads for the second half of 2018 and it certainly lived up to my expectation. I’ll admit that Sabaa Tahir hurt me, but it was done with beautiful prose and gut-wrenching action so I can’t be too upset. I’ll be here in this corner thinking about all the pages where my heart broke and theorizing about Ember 4.
3. THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO BY TAYLOR REID JENKINS
I wish I had the chance to write a review for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo because WOW. This book is one of only two books that made me cry this year. Evelyn Hugo’s story is gripping and unforgettable. I hope this book is adapted on screen someday because everything about this story is perfect for cinema.
2. THE POPPY WAR BY R.F. KUANG
The Poppy War is one of my favorite reads of the YEAR. It’s a super addictive and entertaining grimdark novel about 16 year-old Rin. The story is military fantasy and based on modern Chinese history and mythology and I couldn’t put it down. The characters are COMPLEX as hell and the writing sets R.F. Kuang apart from her peers. I would love for HBO to option this book. The Poppy War has number of triggering content so please read my spoiler-free review HERE before diving into it.
1. THE CITY OF BRASS BY S.A. CHAKRABORTY
Comin’ for the number one spot is none other than The City of Brass. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then it’s no surprise that The City of Brass comes in at number one. I’m straight up obsessed. I think about the characters all the time and I recommend it to everyone. I will buy anything S.A. Chakraborty publishes because of my love for this book. I didn’t have time to review it this summer, but I’m actively working to fix that because it deserves a proper review. I loved the characters, the world, the magic, and the writing. I’m also actively trying to sell my soul for the sequel.
Have you read any of these books? What are your top 5 summer reads? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!