My Top Contemporary Picks for Summer! #SummerReading

I don’t know about you guys, but when the winter snow FINALLY disappears (which seems to take forever here where I am) and the flowers start to come out, I have a desire to read books in the sunshine. I know some people would prefer to do active things like swim, or hike, or go biking, and while being active is great, I just prefer to sit in the sunshine with a good book! And maybe a beer. And some watermelon. But don’t get the watermelon on the book!

I love reading contemporary books in the summertime, from books about family or travel or summer books that take place in sunny places on a lake or the ocean. I’m north of the mountains in the middle of Canada, so no ocean for me over here. Plus, I am at home with two littles 3 and under, so not a lot of travel, either! So I travel through my books.

So, here are my top contemporary picks for summer reading! I hope you find one that you’ll add to your own summer TBR.

    

If Only You Knew by Kristan Higgins

Kristin Higgins writes such great stories and not only was this one so good, it was crazy addicting! It literally kept me up reading all night long because I just couldn’t get enough. I find her books are a good mix of light and fun stories, with very relatable characters and storylines.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) by Stephanie Perkins

This is one of those books I’ve read over and over again and it just never gets old! I never tire of the beautiful Paris setting, the romance, the school setting. This was my first Stephanie Perkins book and it made me fall in love! And who wouldn’t want to visit Paris in the gorgeous summer sunshine?

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes

Speaking of addicting stories, this is one of my all-time favourites! I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love. Jojo Moyes writes such compelling stories that put readers through a full range of emotions and this is one of her best.

By Your Side by Kasie West

Kasie West is one of my favourite, favourite authors. No matter what she releases, I will read it and most likely I’ll love it! Her stories are cute, romantic, and quick to read. And this one takes place in a library, so what’s not to love? Isn’t it every bookworms dream to fall in love in a library?

Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally

Remember how I said I’d prefer to sit in the sun and read a book, rather than do physical exercise in the summer? Well, if anyone is going to convince me to get up and do something active, it will be Miranda Kenneally. Her whole Hundred Oaks series is great, but this one is a favourite of mine. When I read it for the first time, I just had to run – perhaps I should put it on my own TBR again to inspire some running again!

    

Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman

Alright, this one is both a contemporary AND a historical, but it’s so so good! I love stories that weave both genres together seamlessly, especially ones like this one that take place on the ocean in a lighthouse. I will always love lighthouse books! Kimberley Freeman is such a good writer, too – she knows how to suck you in right from the first pages!

The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielen

With summer weather comes summer storms and this book packs a punch with its tornado-chasing characters. Twister is one of my favourite movies and this brings stories like that to the page. It was exciting and intense, not just with the storm chasing, but with some family drama and a little romance thrown in.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

I love Morgan Matson’s books and this will always remain my favourite. The emotions are high in this story and even though it takes place in a beautiful setting in the summertime, it was incredibly sad! That being said, if you don’t mind having some tissues on hand, this is a beautiful book that’s perfect for summer!

My Not-So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella 

I just read this one this year and loved it so much – which is what I say about pretty much every Sophie Kinsella book. I think any of her books are perfect for the summer but I really loved this story. Katie’s trips to her father’s farm just made me long for summer days and cool breezes on a hot day. Plus the story has a great message. You’ll love it!

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

This was one of the first new adult books I had read (well, one of the first books marketed as new adult) and it was such a great book. It was one of those hyped up reads that I didn’t think could be as good as people said, but from the first few pages I was hooked and I just loved the story. Since then I’ve been keeping my eye out for anything new from Katja Millay because she’s such a great writer!

What are your summer contemporary book recommendations? 

[Bookish Spotlight] Required Readings: TV Edition

One thing I am LOVING lately is all of the TV shows and movies that are being based on books! I’m so far behind on my watching and still need to catch up on the Shadowhunters show (though I’ve finally caught up with all of the books!) and I still need to see A Monster Calls (an AMAZING book, if you haven’t read it), and don’t even get me started on Thirteen Reasons Why – a book I loved, but STILL haven’t watch the Netflix series of. I seriously need more hours in the day!

There are some TV shows both already playing and coming to TV soon in the next few weeks and I have some rereading to do for two of them, as well as a BIG BOOK to read for another.

First up on my list to read is actually a reread for me and that’s The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I am BEYOND excited to watch this show because I loved the book when I first read it way back before I even started blogging. I’m hoping that I still love it, especially since it’s been nearly 10 years since I first read it. I wouldn’t say I’m overly into dystopian books, but I know this one is a classic and I definitely need a refresher before watching the show.

The next book I plan to read is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I am a HUGE Neil Gaiman fan (which you would definitely know if you follow my blog!) and I bought the author’s edition of this book way back in 2013. Back then, I had no idea that this book was going to be a TV show but it was just too pretty to pass up. I’m a little nervous since it’s quite a big book and I know Neil Gaiman can be a little crazy and different in his writing, BUT I have seen so many people RAVE about this book that I can’t wait to give it a go!

Next up is a reread for me and that’s of Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Mongomery – a Canadian classic. I listened to this on audiobook back in 2014 and loved it. Currently, I’m three episodes into the TV show and I really, really love it. I hope I’m not alone in adoring this show, but I haven’t actually watched the original (though, who knows, my memory is so terrible that I could have watched it when I was younger and just don’t remember) so I don’t have anything to compare it to. I just love how raw this show is and that it’s not all just light and fluffy, but it has deep roots and major emotions. Since it’s been so long since I’ve read the book I definitely want to reread it as I watch the show.

Do you know of any other shows based on books coming out soon? What are you most excited for? 

Sunday Reading & Weekly Update (#4)

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It’s September!

I loooove September. You know that crisp feeling in the air, the leaves changing colour, and I always want to create something (or buy new things – like yarn and notebooks and pens and books!).

This week my son starts school and I’m sad and happy about it – it’s bittersweet. We’ve slowly been trying to get into a routine in the last week and it’s helped with everyone’s moods. Plus, this past week the baby and I stopped our nursing sessions. Again, so sad. Not only is my little boy, who’s not yet 3, starting school, but the comfort sessions I’ve had with my little girl have come to an end. We had a few rough days and nights where I couldn’t even sing to her without her losing it, since she associated my singing with nursing, but now she cuddles up into me and we can sing a song before bed and it’s just really nice.

This month I’m going to start going to a yarn night at the local library, and I want to start making regular library dates for myself where I can just go wandering around. I’ve started crocheting a lot, making sweaters for the kids and their friends, blankets, hats, and whatever else I can come up with! I’m rewatching Gilmore Girls in anticipation of the new season coming up in November. All I want to do is drink coffee. I’m sleeping better at night, getting up super early in the morning, reading lots of books, trying to knock books off my TBR pile (my pre-2016 TBR, that is) and just trying to get organized in all aspects of my life. My husband is going away this month so I’ll have 5 days with just me and the kids … hopefully they’re stress-free!

Other than that, we’ve had some really relaxing days around here. We’re just getting over colds and it’s rainy and cold here this weekend, this long weekend, which means lots of relaxing, coffee, movies, crocheting, reading, and Netflix. It’s perfect!


Here’s what happened this past two weeks in books …

Added to the shelf: 

  • Buried Bodies (Anderson High Wolves, #1) by Kelly Apple (ebook) READ
  • The Girl Most Likely by Kelly Apple (ebook) READ
  • Something in the Air by Marie Landry (ebook) READ
  • Not Until Tonight (The Night, #1) by Jessica Sankiewicz (ebook)
  • Leave Me by Gayle Forman (paperback)
  • Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine, #3) by Ransom Riggs (hardcover)

Review books: 

  • A Tapestry of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas (thank you to Nuts About Books!)
  • A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jaegers (thank you to Nuts About Books!)
  • All The Things We Leave Behind by Riel Nason (thank you to Raincoast Books!)
  •  The Courtship Basket (Amish Heirloom, #2) by Amy Clipston (thank you to Booksneeze!)

Currently Reading: 

  • Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas (hardcover)
  • House of Whispers (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper, #5) by J. L. Bryan (ebook)
  • Silence of the Lamb’s Wool (Yarn Retreat Mystery, #2) by Betty Hechtman (ebook)

Finished This Week: 

  • The Best Man (Blue Heron, #1) by Kristan Higgins (audiobook)
  • Goddess of the Hunt (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #1) by Tessa Dare (paperback+pre2016tbr)
  • Buried Bodies (Anderson High Wolves, #1) by Kelly Apple (ebook)
  • The Girl Most Likely (Anderson High Wolves, #2) by Kelly Apple (ebook)
  • The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians, #2) by Rick Riordan (audiobook+reread)
  • The Perfect Match (Blue Heron, #2) by Kristan Higgins (audiobook)
  • If Only We by Jessica Sankiewicz (ebook)
  • On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1) by Samantha Young (audiobook+pre2016read)
  • Something In the Air by Marie Landry (ebook)
  • Smoke by Catherine MacKenzie (ebook+reviewbook)
  • Waiting On You (Blue Heron, #3) by Kristan Higgins (audiobook)

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And that’s it for now! Have a happy bookish week!