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Summer reads // 2016

YAY AUTUMN!! My favourite time of the year is coming up and I am pretty freaking excited to wear massive cardigans and dark lipstick again. Summer 2016 has been amazing, and I read some seriously cool books this season, but I am looking forward to fireworks night and Halloween. Without further ado, here are the books I read in summer:

The House of Hades // The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan // I reread this entire series every summer, and as usual, I loved them. Action packed middle grade that is consistently funny, interesting and utterly heartbreaking at the same time.

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Girl Up by Laura Bates // Great followup from Everyday Feminism author Laura Bates. A great book for teenagers interested in feminism, consent and equality.

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan // When Rick Riordan releases a new book, I’m going to read it. And this one was really good — I thought Apollo’s perspective was fresh and interesting and I’m definitely going to continue this series. (MORE NICO PLEASE!)

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes // I read this book just as the movie was released, which meant that there was a lot of controversy happening about the portrayal of disabled people in the story. I enjoyed the main character Lou — I related to her a tonne, but as someone who has a disability, the plot just felt a bit cheap, and Will seemed like he was a prop for Lou to realise her true potential.

Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin // LOVED this. And cried a lot. It was charming and heartbreaking and life affirming at the same time.

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How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm // How to Break a Dragon’s Heart // How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword // How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel // How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero // How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell // I’ve been reading this series for well over a year now, borrowing one book at a time from the 10 year old who recommended I read it, and I’m blown away by it. This is how a series is done people! (I may be forced to purchase my own copy very soon.)

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand // Claire is a must buy author for me, and SKOH just reaffirmed everything I love about her books. A hauntingly beautiful, fairytale-eque MG book that deals with anxiety and depression frankly is RIGHT up my street. Please read this book.

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The Crooked Sixpence (The Uncommoners #1) by Jennifer Bell // This was amazing!! A highly imaginative, richly developed world, with a plot that left me breathless. I couldn’t seem to put it down. Very excited for the next book!!!

The Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry // A fun, action packed read. Loved AJ and the whole heist set-up was SO cool. I thought this was written really well — I definitely need to check out Alison’s other books.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke //Beautifully written, but I think it suffers a little from a case of style over substance. Will definitely be checking out April’s other books though!

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The Wee Free Men (Discworld #30) by Terry Pratchett // I love Discworld, and have been meaning to read more for ages. I thought I’d start on Tiffany Aching, and I’m so glad I did. This book is laugh-out-loud funny!

Victorian London by Liza Picard // SNEAKY RESEARCH BOOK

The Accidental Prime Minister by Tom McLaughlin // Funny, charming and heartwarming!

Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein // Interesting, richly woven and beautifully written.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North // AMAZING original concept, beautiful writing and a very intriguing main character.

 The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol // This book is EVERYTHING. Check out my review here.

Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead // SNEAKY RESEARCH BOOK #2

Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard // This book made me love beetles. Nuff said. See my review here.

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The Edwardians by Roy Hattersley // SNEAKY RESEARCH BOOK #3

The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester // Loved the concept, thought the book was a tad too long though.

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge // Another fantastic MG read. My review is here.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman // Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite writers, and I hadn’t read Neverwhere in forever. Loved it, and it made me really excited for the potential sequel Neil has hinted at.

The Parent Agency by David Baddiel // Great concept, funny throughout and a fab main character.

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie // I really enjoyed this, it was VERY reminiscent of THE NIGHT CIRCUS.

A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee // LOVE. Karen seems to make every sentence magical, let alone the plot. Wizards, trolls and London = Laura’s ideal book.

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Crime Club: Mystery and Mayhem // 12 stories from 12 authors. I really liked this one. There were some stand out stories from Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine, and I have LOADS of new authors to add to my TBR list.

I feel like middle grade authors are KILLING it this year! Every MG book I pick up lately seems to blow me away. I’ve also done a lot of research reading this summer for my latest project, which has been a lot of fun. In Autumn, I’m hoping to read more YA and a couple of classics!

Right now I have a massive mug of tea by my side and COGHEART on my mind. I’m off to read some more of it. Have a lovely day, internet friends.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Summer reads // 2016

  1. I’m going to read Girl Up in a few weeks; I’m going to see Laura Bates speak at a lit festival and will probably embarrass myself by trying to hug her or something. I read Everyday Sexism and now she is my hero.

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