Anyway, I've decided that instead of giving you my annual (or at least I think it's been annual) list of what I'm PLANNING on reading this summer, I'd start with a list of books I am going to recommend that YOU read this summer.
And then next week I'll write up the never-ending list of those books I want to read one day and hope to get to during these next few months.
None of these books are books I have received for review and therefore this is not remotely a sponsored post in any way. All of these books have piqued my interest and so I bought myself a copy. By the way, there will be affiliate links throughout this post, should you be so inclined to head on over to Amazon immediately and make a purchase. Links will go to hard copies available for purchase on Amazon.
Are you ready? Stay with me for a while. You'll be glad you did!
Have you not read this yet? I waited. A long time. And then finally I decided - okay - so it's THAT good? I'll read it. And it is. It's THAT good. It's categorized as a Young Adult book by many, but I think it's so much more than that. And I honestly didn't know much about it when I finally picked it up, so that helped and that's why I won't tell you too much here. But there is tragedy and loss in this story. And so many people are avoiding it because of that. Which I get, but at the same time? I would overlook. It's really well written and worth a read. Promise.
Another Young Adult book recommendation from me? I know - it's totally not my style - right? But this book was such an incredible read. It's touching, emotional, real and raw. It's a story from the perspective of a young boy whose life is nothing like yours or mine. It's the kind of book you'll want to hold onto so your kids can read it when they get older. I know that much because I'm holding onto my copy, for sure. It's something you have to read. Trust me.
Perhaps this book was on everyone's list last summer. I don't know for sure because I didn't read it then. But I finally got to reading it and I really enjoyed it. It was a pretty hyped up book so while I was reading it I was kind of like, well, where's the good stuff? And then I realized I was already in the thick of it. It was a really good read. It's got some quirky characters and some you'll recognize and some you'll wish you didn't. It's a national bestseller for many reasons.
I enjoyed this book. The story was made up of some incredible characters. Strong and well-defined. I found that the setting was beautiful, and that the voice of each character pulled me in. Some of it was confusing, a lot of back and forth, but I was able to get past that and look back at the book and find myself recommending it to friends and family. You know how you do that? People look for book suggestions and you find yourself going back to the same handful? That's how I remember this book. As one I'd recommend. And so here I am. Recommending it!
An incredible book written by a thirteen-year-old boy with Autism. And when I say incredible, I truly mean it. This book comes from his mind. His inner self. He answers questions beyond what you might think he'd be capable of answering and tells us more about what it's like living with Autism than you'd ever imagine you'd be able to find out. I honestly don't have enough words to express what reading this book was like. Oddly enough, I first heard about it while watching Jon Stewart. Apparently the press he gave the book led to it topping the charts, and rightfully so. It's intriguing when you first consider it, but beyond that when you actually read it. So do. Read it. You'll never be the same once you do.
Okay, I'm going to wrap this up for now because if I don't I'll keep going and going and going. I might have to turn this into a series, or at the very least a two-parter. I hope you will look at some of these books, if not all. And I totally just noticed that all of the covers are blue. Blue is soothing and professional, right? Or something like that. * Looks down at myself and realizes I'm wearing a blue t-shirt. Hmmn. *
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read my suggestions. If you pick up any of these books do let me know what you think!