Contemporary Summer Reads



Summer is a wonderful time to be a bookworm, in my opinion. It’s long days filled with reading under the sun without a care in the world (well, if you’re still a student and don’t have a job, otherwise I’m sure you have lots of other things to care about).

When I picture summer, the first image that pops into my head is reading a nice contemporary book on the beach – and that’s exactly how I’m hoping to spend some of my summer days!

Here are some books I’m hoping to read this summer:



I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I heard about it earlier this year! Does it not sound like the ultimate bookworm love story haha?! I’m hoping to buy this one soon so I can read it over the summer.

If you’ve read it, what did you think?

Goodreads synopsis:

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?


I received this book last Christmas and I still haven’t read it! I feel like this contemporary is perfect for reading in the heat of summer, so I’m hoping I’ll get round to it soon! I read How To Love by Cotugno a few years back and remember feeling very conflicted over how I felt about it, but I have high hopes for this book!

Goodreads synopsis:

Molly Barlow is facing one long, hot summer–99 days–with the boy whose heart she broke and the boy she broke it for . . . his brother.

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything. She has every right to hate me, of course: I broke Patrick Donnelly’s heart the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe wouldn’t quit till he got me to come to this party, and I’m surprised to find I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me–and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.


I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long! It sounds like it’s going to be so emotional, and I can already imagine the many tears I’ll shed when I read it.

Goodreads synopsis:

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?


One of my bookish besties (the awesome Sophie from Mind of A Book Dragon) told me how awesome (yet heartbreaking) this book is, so of course I went and bought it as soon as I could. I’m hoping to read this book soon, though I’m not sure if I’ll be able to cope with the feels!

Goodreads synopsis:

Samantha McCoy has it all mapped out. First she’s going to win the national debating championship, then she’s going to move to New York and become a human rights lawyer. But when Sammie discovers that a rare disease is going to take away her memory, the future she’d planned so perfectly is derailed before it’s started. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. Realising that her life won’t wait to be lived, she sets out on a summer of firsts: The first party; The first rebellion; The first friendship; The last love.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.

And those are a few of the books I’m hoping to read this summer!

Are any of these books on your summer TBR?


– Emma

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Bookish Quotes | June Edition


June has been a really good reading month for me, and I’ve come across some lovely quotes! I thought it might be quite nice to start a monthly post sharing my favourite quotes from the books I’ve read that month, so I figure I’d give it a go!

Here are some quotes that I liked this month!




A Quiet Kind of Thunder is a beautiful, touching novel; I adore it, and I love this quote because it’s so true. There are so many quotes I could’ve picked from this novel, but I thought I’d share this one. I can’t recommend this book enough!

You can check out my review of this book here.


I loved this novel! I originally picked it up because the trailer for the movie adaptation looked really good, but I completely wasn’t expecting the book to be as amazing as it was!

You can check out my review of Everything, Everything here!


If Birds Fly Back is such a lovely novel! I enjoyed reading it so much, and I’m so appreciative that I got to read it before it comes out (which, dependent on where you are in the world, is from the 27th of this month!).

You can check out my review here!

Have you come across any quotes you like recently?


– Emma

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Bookish Update | June

It’s nearly been a week since I last posted, and I actually have a good reason for why that is. I’m not going to drone on (because I’d much rather be talking about books, and I’m sure you’d rather be reading about them too), but my blog fell victim to the scam/virus pop-ups that seem to have plagued certain WordPress sites this week, and I didn’t feel comfortable posting and possibly putting readers at risk.

However, as you can probably tell from the fact that I’m posting again, the pop-ups are gone, and everything is back to normal!

Now, on with the book talk!


Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

This is actually a re-read for me! I remember I enjoyed the series when I read it the first time round, which is so many years ago now! I was trying to decide which book to read to bring my physical TBR down, but I saw this book staring back at me and I was drawn in. Perhaps I’ll start my TBR mission another day haha!


If Birds Fly Back

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

This book was such a lovely read, and I’m so grateful I got to read it before it’s release (which is June 29th – if you like contemporary YA novels, pick it up!). My review will be up sometime this week!


A Quiet Kind of Thunder

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

A Quiet Kind of Thunder is the type of book that warms your heart! I adored it, and with it being the first book I’ve read by this author, I was very impressed. You can check out my review by clicking here, or clicking the title under the photo.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books?


– Emma

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June Wish List

This months wish list is going to be short because of this very sad reason: I own too many books. Well, that’s not quite true – let me rephrase that: I own too many unread books.

It’s true. I’ve fallen a victim to addiction of the book variety, and I need some help. Or rather, I need to stay ignorant to all the new shiny releases that look amazing and try to draw me in with temptation.

So, I’m going on a mini-book buying ban: I’m limiting myself to buying only one book a month until I can get my physical TBR down to a more reasonable number.

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However, it wouldn’t be a wish list if it was made up of just one book. Here’s a few books I’m wishing for this month:

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I’ve been anticipating this book for a few months now, and I’m so ready for it to be published later this month!

An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Be True to Me

Be True To Me by Adele Griffin

I only recently came across this book, and I’m intrigued by the synopsis! This book releases today, and you can get it from Amazon here!

It’s the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where feathered hair and the Bicentennial celebration reign. Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean—not her sister—Jean is smitten. Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, falls for Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.

We Are Okay

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

This book sounds so emotional, and after seeing all of the great reviews of it, I had to add it to my wish list!

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

These are some of the books I’m wishing for this month! What books are you wanting to read this June?


– Emma

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Reading Update!

With only a few weeks of college left until the summer holidays, I’m already dreaming of days in the sun reading books (and I say this staring out the window as the rain pours down – good old British weather there haha).

And I’m happy to say I’m reading more than usual –  I feel like the slump I’ve had lingering over me for about a year now has finally lifted! I finished reading A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard yesterday, and I enjoyed it so much. My review will be up sometime this weekend, so watch for it!

I also have some other good (non-bookish) news: I finished my last exam today – yay! Now I have even more time on my hands to read books, and hopefully to blog, too.

Anyway, on with the reading update!

Here’s what I’m currently reading:



If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

Linny has been living life in black and white since her sister Grace ran away, and she’s scared that Grace might never come back. When Linny witnesses the return to Miami of a cult movie star long presumed dead, she is certain it’s a sign. Surely Álvaro Herrera, of all people, can tell her why people come back – and how to bring her sister home?

Sebastian has come to Miami seeking his father, a man whose name he’s only just learned. An aspiring astrophysicist, he can tell Linny how many galaxies there are, how much plutonium weighs and how likely she is to be struck by a meteorite. But none of the theories he knows are enough to answer his own questions about why his father abandoned him, and why it left him in pieces.

As Sebastian and Linny converge around the mystery of Álvaro’s disappearance – and return – their planets start to collide. Linny’s life is about to become technicolor, but finding the answers to her questions might mean losing everything that matters.

I got some awesome book-mail last week! I saw on Twitter that My Kinda Book had a few ARCs of If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak up for grabs, so I asked for one and I’m so happy I’ve received it. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to be reviewing this book before its release; I’ll hopefully be starting it later today!

What are you currently reading?


– Emma

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May Wrap-Up!

The month of May has gone in the blink of an eye, and I can’t believe we’re halfway into 2017 already.



We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

My Review | Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book, and gave it four out of five stars! I did have a couple of issues with it, but overall it was a great YA contemporary.


Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

My Review | Goodreads

The Queen that is Cassandra Clare released the second book in her most recent series, and it was amazing! I loved it, and I’m not sure how I’m going to cope until the third book is published in 2019 (which is literally years away; I could cry). However, I’m sure it’ll be more than worth the wait!


Book Harmony | A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Quick Reading Update | May

I Want More Books | May Wish List

Why Being A Bookworm In Exam Season Sucks

Pinterest + Other Shenanigans!

Lord of Shadows Release Day!!

Fun Fact: My May Wish List post came true! I bought all three books that I was wishing for this month, and I finished reading one today (Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – my review will be up some time next week). I’m so happy to have these books!

This month has been an interesting one for sure. I sat my first exam last week, and this time next week I’ll have no more exams for the year – whoop! I’ve still got a few college assignments to work on, but I feel much less stressed, and I’m reading more than usual, which is awesome! Maybe I’ll be able to bring my physical TBR down to less than a hundred books (I joke but help – my bookshelves are overflowing).

What have you read this month?


 – Emma

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Lord of Shadows Release Day!!

The most anticipated day of the year has finally come along – the day the mastermind behind the Shadowhunter world, Cassie Clare, releases her new novel! (Okay, perhaps only the most anticipated day for me and other hardcore fans.)

In case you haven’t seen the posts where I’ve gushed about the writing Goddess that Cassandra Clare is, I feel the need to say again how much I love her books. The Mortal Instruments series is the reason I’m the book fanatic I am today (it may also be the reason I’m poor and have books stacked everywhere in my room), and I’m very emotionally invested in the Shadowhunter novels.

Lady Midnight was the first installment of The Dark Artifices series, and it came out over a year ago! It feels like it’s been a couple of centuries that the fandom have been waiting for the next book, and I’m beyond happy to say it’s here!

So without further ado, here’s the book itself (I actually managed to snag a special edition version, so prepare to feast your eyes on some bookish beauty right now, fellow bookworms):


Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Isn’t it beautiful?! I’m in love! I’m so desperate to start reading and find out what awesomeness lies in the pages, but life is cruel and scheduled my exam this week, so unfortunately I can’t start reading it yet. I have to revise instead.

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But I’m very excited to read it, and as soon as I’m out of that exam, I’m not doing anything except read Lord of Shadows.

Anyway, I’ll stop my fangirling and move on to the other books I bought today (you can’t expect me to just buy the one book I left the house for; no way).


A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

I’ve been wanting to read this book since it came out, especially since I’ve seen so many people loving it. I’m happy to finally have it, and I’ll hopefully be reading it during the summer.


The Memory Book by Lara Avery

One of my friends told me how awesome (and emotionally crippling) this book was, and that’s all I needed to know for it to be sold to me. I’m planning on this being my next read after Lord of Shadows, and I can’t wait.

I’m so happy with my mini book-haul from today! Are you planning on reading any of these novels, or have you already?


– Emma

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