Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is a Summer Reads Freebie. I decided to share with you, my 10 favourite covers that remind me of summer.
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen– This cover just screams summer to me. The blue sky and the grass really remind me of summer.
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver– This is another cover with a blue sky and grass. This cover has a sun flare which makes it look even more like summer.
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick- The blue sky and sun flare on this cover feels very summery.
A Thousand Salt Kisses Later by Josie Demuth– This cover has the beach on which makes me think of summer.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson– I picked this cover for its bright yellow cover. Yellow is a colour that I associate with summer and this cover also has an outline of the sun.
Summer Days, Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins- This is another cover with a sun outline on. The pale blue cover contrasts well with the yellow sun.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart– This cover features characters swimming in the ocean which makes me think of summer of holidays.
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares- The group of girls in the sun makes me think of spending time with friends in the sun.
The Good Girls by Sara Shepard- The bright pink cover and the ice cream immediately make me think of summer.
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- This makes me think of people going to cabins at the lake for their summer holidays.
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
Caddy and Rosie have been friends for years but when Suzanne arrives she threatens their friendship. Caddy is scared that she will lose Rosie as Rosie becomes close with Suzanne. As Caddy learns more about Suzanne’s past she becomes closer to her.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked that this book focused on friendships rather than romance. It makes a refreshing change to read a YA contemporary that focuses on friendships rather than romantic relationships. Through the novel, we learn that Suzanne has struggled with some mental health issues and we also see Caddy struggling to understand this. I think the author did a very good job of dealing with this situation. Not only did she portray mental health in a realistic way but she also showed how people do not always understand these issues. The characters felt very realistic and I could easily relate to some of their situations. I felt that the characters experienced many feelings that the majority of teenagers experience. I have now read both of Sara’s books and I think that she is really good at writing realistic characters and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future.
Me Before You
After You by Jojo Moyes
Lou is struggling with the aftermath of Will’s death and she has to move back home after having an accident. Lou learns about something from Will’s past that shocks her and changes her life.
I enjoyed this book as if it was a standalone rather than a sequel. Whilst it was interesting to revisit Lou and see how she was coping with Will’s death it did seem a bit unnecessary. I was happy with the way that Me Before You wrapped up and didn’t think that it need another story. Although this story was enjoyable it did seem a bit far fetched. Lou discovers that Will had a daughter that he didn’t know about. This seemed a bit too dramatic and very unrealistic. I do enjoy Jojo’s writing and the characters that she creates but I wish that she would have written about new characters rather than revisiting old ones. I was disappointed to learn that she is writing another book in this series. I thought that Me Before You worked well as a standalone and it seems as if she is just cashing in on the success of it by adding to a story that was already complete. I probably will still pick it up as I am slightly curious to see what she will do in this book. I do want to read more from her and I have a number of her books on my TBR.
This week’s topic is all about summer. These are 5 books that I would suggest reading over the summer and they remind me of summer. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.
Summer Days, Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins- This is a collection of short stories all set during the summer. There were some stories in here that I did not like but overall it is a good collection and definitely a must read for the summer.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– This trilogy, in my opinion, is the best to read during the summer. Each book follows a different character and is set in a different city. This book allows you to travel without actually leaving your house.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – I selected this book because the cover reminds of summer and I also read this during the summer time so when I think of this book I instantly think of summer.
A Thousand Salt Kisses by Josie Demuth– If a book set near the sea and about mermaids doesn’t scream summer to you I don’t know what will. This is a really fun read and it is full of romance.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I think that this is an excellent book to read during the summer especially towards the end of the summer as it follows Cath as she is starting college. Again I read this whilst I was on holiday in Cornwall in 2015 so I always associate this book with summer.
Leave me the links to your list so I can check it out.
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
When Luce’s mum’s cancer returns Luce begins to question her faith. To add to her pain her boyfriend decides to ‘pause’ their relationship. Her mum wants her to work at a different summer camp this year but Luce is reluctant to go as it is not her usual bible camp.
I read When We Collided last year and I was a little disappointed but I thought I would give her new novel a try. Unfortunately, I didn’t really enjoy this book either. When I started this book I thought it was going to be a really good read. I thought that it was going to be emotional as it dealt with cancer and I also thought it was going to be interesting as we saw the main character question her religious beliefs. However, the romance element in this book took over. I personally was not a fan of the romance as I didn’t really like Henry. I also felt that the author added a lot of drama to the story that took away from the main plot. I thought that the pacing of this book was very slow and for the majority of the book, nothing really happened. The book is set at a summer camp so we get to read about a lot of the camp activities but this didn’t really interest me that much. The ending was a huge disappointment. The ending is left very open which I did not like. I really wanted to know what happened to Luce’s mum but we don’t know whether she got better or not.
Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Josie wants to escape the French Quarter. She is known as the daughter of a prostitute and she wants to escape this. When a mysterious death occurs Josie gets stuck in the Quarter and it seems like the life that she has dreamed of is even further away.
After loving Salt to the Sea I decided to read Ruta’s other books and whilst this wasn’t quite as good it was still really enjoyable. I found the story to be really engaging and interesting and I thought that the characters were really interesting too. I was pulled into this story and I stayed up late to finish it. This book is set during the 1950s in New Orleans and I found this setting really interesting and unlike anything else that I have ever read. I think that Ruta does a really good job of creating realistic characters that I find interesting and I want to read about them. There were a couple of unexpected moments that took me by surprise. I can’t wait for Ruta to write more books so that I can read more of her writing.
The 5th Wave
The Infinite Sea
The Last Star by Rick Yancey
This is the last book in the 5th Wave trilogy. The Others have almost successfully rid the Earth of humans. They did this by taking away their humanity making them turn on one another. They have almost finished their task and it will be difficult to stop them.
As you are probably aware from my previous reviews I am not a huge fan of this series. However, I did prefer The Infinite Sea so I decided that I would give this book a chance but I wish I hadn’t as I did not enjoy it. I did find that this was a real struggle to finish. I felt for the majority of the book not a lot was happening. I did find myself skimming over parts as I was just not engaged with the story. Whilst reading this I got the impressions that the author wasn’t sure how to wrap everything up. The ending felt very disappointing and nothing was really wrapped up. Something which I did appreciate in this book was that the author made clear whose POV we were reading. However, this was still confusing as the POVs shifted very quickly and I would have preferred longer sections for each POV. Overall I did not enjoy this series but I know that plenty of people have really loved it. I’m not sure whether it is the subject matter (aliens) that I didn’t like, the writing style or a combination of the two. I don’t have any desire to pick up any of Rick’s other books and I probably won’t read anything from him in the future.
It has been recently revealed that Rick Yancey will be adding 3 more books to this series. I will not be picking up these books as I am not really sure what else he can do with the story and I have really not enjoyed this trilogy so I don’t feel the need to carry on with the series.
Big Little Lies Book Review
When I found out that they were making a mini-series of Big Little Lies based on the novel by Liane Moriarty with the same name I was really excited. I really enjoyed the book and I was looking forward to seeing it on the small screen. I prefer watching TV to films so I always loving seeing TV adaptations. Today I wanted to share my thoughts on the TV show. Overall I really enjoyed this adaptation and thought they did a good job of bringing this story to live.
The story follows a group of mothers and their children in their first year of school. Everyone has their own secrets. From the start, we know that someone was killed at the school fundraiser but we don’t know who it is. We see snippets of side characters being interviewed by the police but we don’t find out until the very end who was killed and who was responsible.
I thought that this was filmed beautifully. I loved the scenery views that were shot. Particularly the scenes when the characters are driving along the roads. I felt that these images really helped to create the image of an idyllic perfect town which is what the author was intending in the book. I also liked the way the story was told how we saw little flashbacks and the interviews with the side characters.
I also really liked the music that was used in this show. I thought that the music that was selected really worked with what we were seeing on the screen. I particularly liked the theme song ‘Cold Little Heart by Michael Kiwanuka’.
The cast for this show was full of big names including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard and many others. I thought that everyone gave really good performances but I want to particularly highlight Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard. Their characters were involved in a domestic abuse storyline and I thought that they portrayed this fantastically. Nicole really showed the struggle that many women face when it comes to leaving abusive partners. Alexander portrayed Perry very well and it was very convincing and completely terrifying.
The show did make some changes which for the most part didn’t bother me too much. One of the main changes was that they changed the setting. The book is set in Australia whereas the show was set in Monterey California. This change didn’t really bother me as it didn’t affect the story and I loved the setting shots that the filmed. In the show, one of the characters has an affair which did not happen in the book and I wasn’t a fan of this change. I felt that it was added to create extra drama that was not needed. I am personally very against affairs and I don’t think they are acceptable in any situation and I dislike when different media forms use them to create drama. When we found out who the killer was in the book we got more background to the character so that we could understand their motives. This did not happen in the show and it, therefore, seems a bit strange that this person was involved. They could have explained this in a number of ways, they could have done a bit afterwards like in the book or it could have been mentioned earlier in the show.
I did think that the reveal was not quite as shocking in the show as it was in the book. I think this is partly because I was aware of the plot already so I knew what was going to happen. I do feel that the show made a lot of hints as to who was killed so when it did happen it wasn’t as shocking as it could have been.
Overall I was really happy with this adaptation and I would give it 4 stars. There are rumors that there is going to be a second season which I hope is not true. What I liked about this was that it was a mini-series and everything got wrapped up. I am not sure what they would do in another series. Nicole Kidman and Resse Witherspoon have optioned another Liane Moriarty book to be turned into a film. They have selected Truly Madly Guilty to be turned into a film and although the book didn’t blow me away like Big Little Lies I would be interested in seeing the film especially after seeing what a good job they did of this adaptation.
Today I am sharing with you the books I plan to read in the month of May.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas– I really wanted to reread this book before I started the next book. I read this book in 2015 and whilst I remember the main plot points I really want to refresh my memory before diving back into this world.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas- I have owned this book since it came out last year but I have kept putting it off. I don’t really know why I’ve put it off for so long but this month I really want to read it so I’ll be able to dive straight into A Court of Wings and Ruin.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld- This book has been on my TBR for ages and I really want to make a start on this series. This is a dystopian series where the characters get turned into pretties when they reach 16.
Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes- I’ve been wanting to read more from Jojo Moyes since I read Me Before You. This is a collection of short stories which I am really looking forward to delving into.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens- This is the classic that I wanted to read this month. I’ve seen the film but never read the book so I really wanted to try it. Great Expectations is one of my favourite classics to I wanted to try more from Dickens.
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee- I’ve wanted to read this book since it was released last year. This is another dystopian and one of the comments on the book says that it is a futuristic Gossip Girl. I really like the sound of this book and I am hoping that it will be really good.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh- When I first heard about this book I was really intrigued and I was lucky enough to receive a copy from Net Galley. I am really looking forward to reading this as I have only ever heard good things about Renee Ahdieh’s writing.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black- I have never read a Holly Black novel before. This one really appeals to me as it is about vampires and I really enjoy this genre so I am looking forward to trying out this book.
What books do you plan to read this month?