One of my favorite Booktubers, Regan from PeruseProject, uploaded a video about a book bucket list that she wants to complete at some point during her life, which inspired me to compile a list of my own. However, I wanted to make a list of contemporary books that I plan to read this summer. I go back and forth with my attitude towards reading lists. Sometimes I don’t like them because I feel constricted to only reading the books on said list, but sometimes I really like them because it brings order and control to my overgrowing TBR list, making the idea of finishing each novel more tangible. I find that when I make lists I’m more likely to complete each task on it.
Summer is the time of year when I have a lot more free time and while I will be taking a few summer courses, I’m excited to devote a good chunk of my time to reading!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – You can’t have a summer book bucket list without Jenny Han. I’ve had minimal experience with Han’s writing, but loved her coauthored Burn for Burn series she wrote with her friend Siobhan Vivian. I’ve heard nothing but great reviews from this series, and I think it’s time that I take the plunge and start it. Plus, the third and final installment comes out May 2nd, so I’m hoping that I’ll like the series so much, I can crank it out in one summer. Beats waiting a year or so waiting for the next one. 🙂 Update: I finished this book before posting this and HOLY CRAP. WHAT A READ. I’m just going to go ahead and add the sequel to this list (P.S. I Still Love You).
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – I loved Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything so much that I knew I needed to give her other book a chance. I’m not 100% sure of this novel’s premise, but I just bought it on Audible, so I’m hoping to start listening to this sometime soon. I’m a big fan of listening to contemporary books on Audible because there’s not as many plot points to miss like there would be if I was listening to a fantasy book, so if my mind wanders for a minute or so, I’m not completely lost.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour – I’m going into this book pretty blindly, but I’ll link the Goodreads summary for you here. I’ve heard nothing but great feedback for this novel, and I thought that since I was in a more contemporary book kick that I would add it to my list. The Goodreads summary was pretty vague, but this book follows a girl who left town unexpectadly (for whatever reason) and is forced to address the life she left behind. Like I said, pretty vague, but I’m willing to give it a try.
Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood – I bought this on my Kindle a few days ago. I just can’t seem to pass up those $1.99 Daily Deals. I’m really excited about this book because the author went to my high school, so I had the chance to meet with her and listen to her give a reading of Born Wicked, the first book in The Cahill Witch Chronicles. I’m a big fan of Spotswood’s writing because it is beautiful, smart, and easy to read. Her first series was historical fiction, so this book is much different than anything else I’ve read from her. I already started this book and can’t seem to put it down for too long.
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen – My girl, Sarah Dessen. I fell in love with her writing years ago when my fourteen-year-old self picked up Someone Like You. She is the queen of YA contemporary, in my opinion, and I’m so so so excited that her new book will be out this June! This book follows a girl named Louna who is the daughter of a famous wedding planner but does not share her mother’s appreciation for the cliche happily ever afters. I’ve enjoyed every Dessen book I’ve ever read, and there’s something about having one of her books in my hand that makes it feel like summer.
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner – I have a feeling that this one is going to be a tear-jerker. This book follows a teenage boy named Carver and his life after his friends are killed in a car accident. Carver sends his friends a text message right before they got into the accident, so it’s about him dealing with the guilt, as well as facing the victim’s families’ judgment. I think this is an important read because of how prevalent technology has become in our daily lives.
The Whole Thing Together by Anne Brashares – You know her as the author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series (which I’ve never read, unfortunately). I couldn’t get into them when they first came out but fell in love with the movies. I’m hoping to get around to them eventually, but thought I’d give her new standalone YA book a try. This book follows a family in the aftermath of a divorce and giving up a beach house that held great family memories. I think this would be great for a quick, beach read!
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – I’ve actually never read anything by Rowell, and she’s one of the most popular YA Contemporary authors. I’ve asked around and was told by friends, family, and fellow readers that I should start with Eleanor and Park. I still haven’t decided if I want to physically read this or listen to it on Audible, but I definitely want to expose myself to her writing this summer so I can finally join the discussion about her books.