Well friends, we’re officially getting farther away from summer and deeper into the school year. As a middle school teacher, my year is planned out from August to the start of June, then summer hits and all bets are off. There’s down time, trips, unexpected whatever moments, and everything in between. I tend to do a lot of reading during the summertime just because I can (and I want to). From when school got out in June until the first day of classes in August, I read a total of 16 books! Yowza. From those 16, these were my top 5 favorites!
Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs
I’ve raved about this book before and I’ll continue to do so forever. Sometimes you just come across a book that meets you exactly where you are and fills you up completely. That’s what this book was for me. I SO needed this level of encouragement and validation, not to mention emotional support. Annie and I could be best friends. It was just great to know that there’s someone out there with similar struggles and world views as me. (Read my full review HERE!)
An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers
This was the second time that I’d read this book and I forgot how moving it is. This is the second book in the Mark of the Lion trilogy and while the first one is simply beautiful, THIS BOOK is straight up powerful. The first book sets up a lot of things while this one sees them through. I cried so many times, you guys. It’s so beautiful and I’m running out of adjectives to do it justice. Just read it and we can gush over it together in perfect harmony. (Read my full review HERE!)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, J. Tiffany, J. Thorne
While I did have some issue with this book (more like I had impossibly high expectations that no book could possibly live up to), I still really enjoyed it. There was some serious nostalgia going on while I read this script and I desperately wanted to max out my credit card and hop on a plane to London to see it acted out in real life. If you’re a Potterhead, read this book. Lower your expectations down to reality and read it. (Read my full review HERE!)
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
If you’ve been following me for a few months (first of all, hey thanks) then you know that I’ve been reading my way through Sarah Dessen’s books in publication order. This summer, I finished reading the second half of her published 12 books! I really enjoyed this particular book, mostly because I could relate to Emaline’s family scenario. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. (Read my full review HERE!)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This book was SO different from everything else I read this summer. It was creepy and forced me to watch a couple episodes of Parks and Rec before I could fall asleep. What can I say? I spook easily. I’m not really motivated to continue on in this series, but I did enjoy reading this first book! (Read my full review HERE!)
What were some of your top books from the summertime? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy reading! – Caitlyn