Laura’s Summer Reading List

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My ‘to be read’ pile has gotten a bit out of hand recently as there are SO MANY fabulous books to choose from at the moment!

Here’s a snapshot of some of the books I’ve just finished, am currently reading or will be reading shortly…

The Crown by Kiera Cass

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About the Book:

35 suitors entered the Selection. Only 1 will win her heart. The fifth and final captivating novel in Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series!

In The Heir, a new era dawned in the world of The Selection. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love, and their daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own.

Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you… and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult – and more important – than she ever expected.

This was one I’ve been eagerly anticipating as I’ve loved every book in the Selection Series. Having seen Eadlyn’s parents (Maxon and America) find their Happily Ever After in the original trilogy I was thrilled to hear there would be a further two books set 20 years later and focusing on their daughter. Eadlyn is one of the strongest, most compelling YA heroines I’ve read and watching her fight to find not only ‘the one’ but also the respect and allegiance of her people was amazing.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

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About the Book:

That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that made him a household name. Quebert is the only suspect.

Marcus Goldman – Quebert’s most gifted protégé – throws off his writer’s block to clear his mentor’s name. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon merge into one. As his book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of ‘The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America’.

But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems.

This one was recommended by Rosie over at The Londoner who said she couldn’t put it down and having read it it’s not hard to understand why. I loved the way the mystery unfolded and the jumps between past and present which beautifully unpeeled the layers of these truly interesting characters. It’s a bit of a dense read but definitely worth it.

Me Me Me by Charlotte Crosby

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About the Book:

Charlotte Crosby has been one of the UK’s best-loved TV stars since she burst onto the celeb scene in 2011 with Geordie Shore. Laugh-out-loud hilarious, genuine, and a proper Geordie, Charlotte’s popularity has even seen her crowned winner of 2013’s Celebrity Big Brother.

With her trademark humour and warmth, in ME ME ME Charlotte takes us on a very unique journey through her eventful teenage years (where literally nothing is off limits!), her attempts at holding down jobs (and booze), the life-changing experience of Geordie Shore, the truth about Gaz and his parsnip, and her inspiring weight-loss triumph. Full of drawings, doodles, and Charlotte’s personal photos, this will be unlike any other celebrity autobiography on the market.

Confession time: I am a massive Geordie Shore fan (don’t judge me) and Charlotte is one of my favourite Geordies (the others being Scotty T and Vicky – I live for these guys and their completely honest insights). There’s something so addictive about the endless drama, the nights of mayhem as everyone gets completely ‘mortal’ and the roller-coasters their every relationships take. Don’t get me wrong, I spend have the time staring in shock at the antics playing out on my TV and yelling ‘what?!’ in complete disbelief but part of the fun is seeing how far they take things.

Though multiple members of the cast have written books Charlotte is the first one to entice me to pick up a copy…I’m interested to see inside the mind of this truly one-of-a-kind Geordie girl!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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About the Book:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

This is one of those books that I’ve seen advertised and heard about for ages from friends but it wasn’t until I saw the preview for the movie that my interest was truly piqued. Generally I like to read a book before I see the movie and once I picked this up…I couldn’t put it down. This one is an emotional roller-coaster that will have you laughing and sobbing in equal measure and taking stock of your own life in a completely new way. I’d highly recommend it if you like books like The Fault in Our Stars by John Green or All the Bright Things by  Jennifer Niven.

The Winner’s Curse Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

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About the Book:

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. Kestrel has other ideas.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in Arin, a young slave up for auction. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him – and for a sensational price that sets the society gossips talking. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for him is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

This was totally a case of judging a book by its cover as the primary reason I wanted to read the set was because of the truly gorgeous covers! This trilogy about a girl who has it all, a boy who has nothing and what happens when their roles are reversed is awesome and will appeal to YA dystopian fans (and is a good filler while we’re waiting for the next Ember book!)

As always, please do feel free to share any recommendations…and the love if you’ve read any of these books already! 🙂

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