Summer is the time of the year for me when it comes to books. This is usually when I get the most reading done. As summer is soon coming to an end
(*cries*), I thought it would be nice to share with you the new discoveries that I made over the summer book-wise.
I had given myself the challenge of reading 25 books this summer, and I’m proud to say that I did achieve it! Not only did I managed to read the 25 wanted books, I also got to catch up on my Goodreads challenge! I am now one step closer to reaching my goals of reading 100 books during the year. I was able to cross off a few books off of my summer TBR and found some new favorites! So here are my favorite books of the summer 2015!
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
This is probably the most summer-related book I’ve read this summer, and probably my ultimate favorite too! As you know, I’ve always loved making lists, so the fact that this book revolved around one was bound to make me love it. I loved the concept. I think it was a great idea to divide the chapters according to the things the main character, Emily, did on the list. But I think what I loved the most was the stories around the list.
Emily herself was something that made me love the book. I felt connected to her on so many levels, and I could totally understand what she was going through. Her character development was amazing. The list made her grow as her person and she was finally able to recognize her own worth.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a perfect summer read without the romance, and this one doesn’t disappoint. But I love how this book is about a friendship and not about a relationship. This book was perfect in every way and I just wish I could read it all over again.
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I had read Hopeless this spring, and since I had heard so many great things about Ugly Love, I decided to give it a go. The only thing that I can say is that it definitely was worth the hype! I don’t think I have ever experienced something similar while reading a book.
While the story is extremely cliché and a bit predictable, it’s so intense that you can’t help loving it. The author plays with your emotions and I would be lying if I said I did not enjoy it. I’m not ashamed to say that I cried ugly tears from the middle of the book until the very end. I had never read a story so intense, yet so heartbreaking. I couldn’t help but feel all the emotions the characters were experiencing, and I was overwhelmed with them throughout my entire reading time.
The writing got me hooked up. I read this in one sitting, no stopping. I couldn’t help myself. Colleen Hoover knows what she is doing, and boy does she do it well.
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
I was craving some traveling book, with some place exotic or European as the setting, and it is in this state of mind that I picked up Just One Day. I hadn’t liked If I Stay that much, but the summary of this book seemed really interesting and dreamy.
But Just One Day was just so much more than what I had expected it to be! Not only was it filled with travel and european cities with descriptions that made me dream and swoon, the book is also about self-discovery. About coming to terms with who you are and what you want. I connected with the main character so much, I don’t even remember the last time I felt like this while reading a book. And it’s not only about the romance (although it does take a great part of the book), it’s about growing up and being who you want to be, without caring for other people’s opinion.
The book will leave you wondering and wandering, and I definitely recommend it to all travel lovers! But you don’t have to love traveling to love this book. I think all young women should read this book, because we can all relate to it at some point. And with that ending, you can be sure I will be reading the sequel!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
If you don’t want to have your heart broken, don’t pick up this book. It swept me away in a tornado of emotions. Anger, sadness, happiness… I’ve felt them all at some point while I was reading this book.
The beauty of it stands with the characters and their relationship. I loved Lou, the narrator. She was upbeat, dynamic, funny and full of potential. I think it was easy for me to read from her point of view and understand her, because she reminded me of me.
The relationship the main characters share is out of proportion. I don’t quite know how to describe the beauty of their relationship, but this paring has surely become one of my favorites. They are both witty, and yet they are complementary. They complete each other.
There are a lot more reasons why this book deserves all the stars in the world. First, the supporting characters are awesome. Second, the writing is incredible. Jojo Moyes has a way of making me feel emotions, usually all of them at once, that I thought I would never feel while reading. I also liked how she gave a chapter to three supporting characters. It made me understand the other characters better, but also how they were handling the situation. It gave me a different perspective on the matter.
Overall, the book is perfect and heartbreaking.
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Yes, two of my favorite books of the summer are Colleen Hoover’s but I don’t care. She is just that great. Let’s be honest, I wasn’t expecting this. The story was so deep, intense, and yes, I always expect CoHo books to be like that, but this one just swept me off my feet.
Never in a million years was I expecting a deaf young man and a music lover girl to fall in love the way they did. Their relationship was so much more than what it first seems like, it is so much more intense and beautiful, it’s hard not to deeply fall in love with what they have. I found myself unable to put this book down. I was captivated not only by what would happen, but by the complexity of the relationship that share Ridge and Sydney. They did not intend for things to happen the way they did. But in the end, there had to be a way for them to finally be together.
And I believe the author made an amazing job at making things right. This book was amazing on so many levels!
Have you read any of these books? What were your favorite books of the summer?