Summer Reading Book Haul

Summer is a time that I like to kick back with a good book. This has nothing to do with the fact that all my favourite television programmes have gone on hiatus for the season, I swear. 

By the time I get to the end of the summer I would like to have read at least five books and these ones have been on my list for quite a while. 


Looking For Alaska, John Green.

If people were like rain, I’d be drizzle and she was a hurricane.
— John Green

I am not too proud to say that this quote made me want to read this book. There I said it. The best thing about John Greens books is that he perfectly encapsulates how it felt to be a teenager, he sums up how it feels to be confused, hurt, naive and in love at this stage. Although I do find his characters annoyingly pretentious at times, I can forgive them because they are always likeable. 

This book is centred around a misfit teenage boy who transfers to a boarding school in Alabama and the friends who start to bring him out of his shell. After reading a few of his books I know this is going to be a tear jerker but, I am ready for the summer feels. 

Tell All, Chuck Palahniuk.

This book really appealed to me as I am fascinated by celebrity and what it does to people. I read an article about Judy Garland's personal assistant and the abuse she suffered at her drug addled hands, it was so interesting. This book is about a celebrity and her assistant and after reading Palahniuk's, Doomed I am expecting this to be a riot. I can't wait to get stuck into this and it looks like a quick read too. 

Clariel, Garth Nix. 

I saw Sanne, from Books and Quills rave about this book during a recent video and I decided to give it a go based on her recommendation. I don't know too much about it myself but I have been looking for a new fantasy series to get into after the Game of Thrones series. By the way, would George RR Martin ever get his finger out and finish those books, I am dying to know what happens. I love reading a bit of fantasy in the summer, it just makes it more magical. Nothing wrong with that. 

Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel.

Post apocalyptic America, check.

Young female protagonist, check. 

Some kind of fracas, check plus plus. 

This book seems like it is going to tick a lot of boxes for me, all it needs is a splash of romance and this could knock the Hunger Games off the top spot in my books with post-apocolypse theme list, (I don't actually have a list of these but I legitimately could, give the sheer amount that I have read, or started).

Jane Eyre, Charlottle Brontë.

I am sure a lot of you had to read this for English G.C.S.E. and were completely scared. I was not one of these people. I have made it through this long in my life without reading a solitary word by the Brontë Sisters so I thought I should address this, by reading Jane Eyre. The book is long and the words are small so full disclosure, I may not make it through this. I am hoping that since I have put it in writing however this will motivate me to continue on with it. 

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Let me know your thoughts on these books and what is on your summer reading list. 

Gem x