My Summer Reading List.

Summer is finally here! Uni is over and it's time to relax and re-charge before the new semester. I plan on relaxing with a good book (or 10). 

Here is my list of books I want to read over the next few months before uni ruins reading for me again. (Warning, I've been practicing using photoshop, so there will be some poorly edited pictures throughout... gotta start somewhere, right?!).   

A Girl of Ink and Stars - Kiran Hargrave
This is one of the books I bought a while back and had been meaning to read ever since. It may be aimed at children but I heard it has an amazing story. It has already won a few awards; Waterstone's Children's Book of the Year (2017), Financial Times Book of the Year and the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year amongst many other nominations. As you can see it is super hyped up, and I am so excited to see if it's worth it.

I'm already reading it and it's already so good. It's about thirteen-year-old Isabella who dreams of the world beyond her own village where her people are confined by the Governor. Odd things begin happening in her village and her best friend disappears to the Forbidden Lands. Isa must test her map reading skills and joins the team of explorers to find her friend and the secrets of Joya. It seems to be a bit of a 'be careful what you wish for' tale.

It reminds me of Philip Pullman's 'The Golden Compass', I love it already. 

A Dark so Deadly - Stuart MacBride 

Released in April, I went along to 'An Evening with Stuart MacBride' where he talked a bit about his new book and signed copies, so I'm already excited to begin reading this one.

It's set in the fictional Oldcastle and MacBride got inspiration from my hometown, Elgin. The story follows DC Callum MacGregor and the Misfit Mob as they try and solve the case of a stolen Mummy which then leads them to discover the Mummy is linked to three missing men. I love a good thriller and can't wait to read my first book by the Aberdonian author.   

The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry
This is another book that has received a lot of hype and I got it from my friends for Christmas and still haven't managed to read it. 

Set in Victorian England, two people fall in love while trying to find the truth about the mythical Essex Serpent that is rumored to have returned.  And how pretty is the front cover?! Like a magpie.

Into the Water - Paula Hawkins

I absolutely loved 'The Girl on the Train' so I am really looking forward to seeing if Hawkins' new book is up to scratch. It's another new release this year and I hope it will be as good as its predecessor.

The book follows the story of Jules who's sister, Nel, has died. She was told Nel jumped, but Jules knows this isn't true and has to return back to her hometown to look after her niece and face her memories. 

We Were Liars - Emily Lockhart

This is another book I've been meaning to read for a while and one of my friends said it's amazing. It also won the YA Goodreads Choice Awards in 2014.

I've seen it described as a coming of age tale, a tragedy and a love story. To be honest I'm not entirely sure what it will be about. The blurb ends with: 

"Which are lies?
Which is truth?
You decide."
It's got me intrigued.

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing - Eimear McBride
The last book I am determined to read this summer, which I bought so long ago I can't even remember when. It won the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2014 and has been given many good reviews.

It's about a young woman who's brother has a brain tumour and how it has affected their childhood. It is described as a book that plunges into the narrator's head allowing the reader to experience her world at first hand. The book seems to have content that is very personal for me so I've put off reading it for a while, but I think it is finally time to give it a try.

Here are some recommendations for summer reading that I have already read; The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska both by John Green, and The Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. 

What is on your reading list for the summer? If you have any good recommendations then let me know! 

Happy reading, and as always,

Love, Lauren x