Summer reading list 2016!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Hey! I recently treated myself to a new book or seven and so I thought it might be a good time to do a little summer reading list. Long, hazy (and probably rainy) days are perfect for reading, right? Mind you I think ALL days are perfect for reading no matter what's going on around me. Anyway, I love reading these posts on other people's blogs. I like sharing in other people's happy reading-planning-joy. So here's mine:

1. Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer

Annoyingly this is not the cover I have for this book! My covers look like this:

Beautiful, beautiful books.

Acceptance is the final part of a sci-fi trilogy about Area X, a mysterious wilderness shut off from the general public. One by one, a secret agency called the Southern Reach send teams of investigators into the area to discover its secrets, and quickly discover that they are fighting a losing battle with something way more powerful than they could have imagined.

The first book in this series, Annihilation, had my heart racing the entire time. The second, Authority, dragged on a little bit but had genuinely terrifying moments. I have high hopes for the finale!

2. Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey

I read another book by Bessey, Jesus Feminist, earlier this year, and it had a profoundly healing impact on me. Out of Sorts discusses what happens when your faith evolves into something different than it was before - on how to handle the journey. I've started to read it already and even the introduction had me welling up. What I love about Bessey is that she is so kind-hearted and gentle, that even when she is speaking strongly and passionately about things she cares about, she still manages to exude grace and love.

I only wish I'd downloaded it a year ago!

3. The Surf Guru Stories by Doug Dorst

Doug Dorst is the writer of S, a book I recently wrote a lengthy and excited review of. This is a collection of short stories written by him. I really enjoyed Dorst's writing style, so I'm looking forward to getting stuck into these.

4. Becoming Unbecoming by Una

This year I really wanted to get into graphic novels, because it turns out there's a world of them out there that aren't to do with a) superheroes or b) zombies. Becoming Unbecoming has been on my list since before Christmas, and I picked it up in Foyles last week for my birthday. 

To give you an idea of what it looks like:

Amazon describes it as 'a devastating personal account of gender violence', one woman's (true, real life) journey in a world where violence against women is both accepted and normalised. Not an easy read, but an important one.

5. I'll Give You The Sun - Jandy Nelson

It's not a summer reading list without a bit of YA, right? 

I'll Give You the Sun tells the story of Jude and Noah, twins driven apart by a tragedy. The book chronicles their journey to reconciliation (at least that's what it looks like anyway). It's been described as 'blazing' 'dazzling' and 'heartbreakingly honest' and I expect I'll finish it in a day because I can't put these kind of books down once I start them.

6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I know next to nothing about this book other than the fact that is a) supposed to be thrilling and b) topping every best seller list at the moment. I nearly picked it up on holiday and chose a Dawn French book instead which I hated (oh the regret!). It is a psychological thriller about a girl. On a train. Can't wait to find out what all the fuss is about.

7. The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner

Ever feel like every day is the same and you just don't have enough time in the day to do anything for yourself? Have you hit the point where you feel so ground down by meeting everyone's needs that you've forgotten what yours are?

This book may well be for you.

Written for busy, exhausted people, The Fringe Hours is described as a 'permission slip to carve out some space in your day for the things that give you joy and feed your soul'. It is apparently packed with tips and creative ideas to do with time management and prioritising. Which sounds very useful to me.

8 The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

This is a feminist classic, the kind of book that crops up in every blog post and discussion I read about standards of beauty and the pressures women face to look perfect. I've wanted to read this for so long, but never got round to ordering it, and then realised there is a short edition on the Kindle for £3.49, so I'm going to give it a go.

Wolf explores the topics of beauty, youthfulness and the pressure to conform to impossible beauty standards. I expect to come away from this book feeling fired up.

So, have you got any books picked out for the summer? Let me know what you're reading!

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  1. 'The Girl on the Train' was incredible. Couldn't put it down!! Have only just started getting back into reading. Was simply too tired to read at night. It's good to be back. Nothing smells better than the pages of a new book. Thanks for the tips. #TwinklyTuesday

    1. I totally agree. I am definitely partial to the smell of a new book. Really excited for 'The Girl on the Train', everyone seems to have loved it! x

  2. I love reading lists - often the best way to discover absolute gems. I've fallen off the book wagon lately but really want to get stuck back in. Becoming Unbecoming looks stunning! Girl on the Train had me truly gripped and I can highly recommend that one. Thanks for sharing your list! #TwinklyTuesday

    1. I love them too! My poor Amazon wishlist is groaning at the seams but I still keep adding to it. Very excited about Girl on the Train, going to save it for when I don't need sleep as I think I won't be able to put it down ;) x

  3. I havent read a book for ages and really miss it. I really need to get back in to it and this has give me some inspiration. I have heard so many things about the girl on the train so that might possibly be my first #bigpinklink

    1. Yes, it seems Girl on the Train is the way to go! :) x

  4. What a lovely reading list! Some of the books seem to be just for me. By the way, I totally agree with Anna, "Nothing smells better than the pages of a new book". Exactly! :D Thank you for sharing. :) #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Ooh, yay! Glad to have helped. (If by 'helping' you mean 'making you spend money'). Yes, I agree too, there's nothing quite like it. I particularly like the smell of textbooks ..! x

  5. What amazing suggestions, especially love 'Becoming Unbecoming by Una'. Thanks for the bookie inspiration! #Twinklytuesday

    1. It does look really good, suspect it will leave me broken hearted though! You're very welcome :) x

  6. I love reading and I like reading book reviews. I much prefer recommended titles anytime. Everyday is a good day to read, I think! I have never read a graphic novel as I had obviously erroneously thought that it would be a superhero or dark fiction. #4 looks very interesting! Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

    1. Me too! Yes, I was surprised to see the range of graphic novels there are now. I'll probably write a review on Becoming Unbecoming at some point x

  7. Oh such an interesting list Meg. I'm looking forward to your reviews and blog posts which are born out of your choices :D x

    1. Thanks Shaz :D there will definitely be some reviews coming up! x


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