Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Top 5 Best Summer Reads

Even though it's in the middle of summer, it's not too late to find a new book to read. If you haven't read these five books, this will be the perfect time to do so! I wanted to make a list of really good books that not everyone have heard of, but should have.
- The books are in no particular order, I really can't choose.

Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
228 pages ~ Published on September 1st 1999 by Viking Juvenile
Colie Sparks' mom, the aerobics queen Kiki Sparks, is touring Europe for the summer and Colie is stuck with her Aunt Mira in Colby, North Carolina. But she's not complaining, because here nobody knows her. 
She gets a waitressing job where she meets Morgan and Isabel. The two girls helps her turn her life around and realize the potential that has been there all along. 
I love this book when I read it two years back. I read right at the beginning of summer and because it takes place during summer it works so well. And then the obvious reason for it being the best summer read: It's a Sarah Dessen book. 

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles
234 pages ~ Published on October 8th by Llewellyn Publications
Amy Nelson is going to Israel with her father (a.k.a. Sperm Doner), whom she hasn't seen often in her 16 years of life. She's much rather spend her summer in the mall than with goats. It doesn't help on the grudge she has against him that he's dragging her to a war zone to meet a family she's never known.
Now she's stuck in a house with no AC and only one bathroom for seven people all summer—no best friend, no boyfriend, no shopping, no cell phone… 
This is one of my all time favorite book. Actually the entire "How To Ruin"-trilogy is one of my favorites. I read all three in about three days. And I've read each of them a few times. The minute I finished this one the next two were already on their way to my house. Even writing this synopsis makes me want to read them all over again. Simone Elkeles has grown famous on her Perfect Chemistry trilogy, which is of course amazing, but I feel like no one really know that Simone Elkeles didn't just nail it with one series, but with all of her books (including the Leaving Paradise series). If you haven't picked any of Simone Elkeles' books up, or only read Perfect Chemistry, read this one NOW! - Not if you hated Perfect Chemistry, because this is just as beautifully written, romantic and girly.

Mind Games by Kiersten White 
237 pages ~ Published on February 19th by HarperTeen
Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.
Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

It's nice to read chick-lits during summer, but I feel like sometimes it can get too much. Then it's nice to read a book that is not only about love, but also about mind reading, seeing into the future, espionage and all kinds of awesome. This book is amazing, not too light and not too heavy to read, just amazing.
Kiersten White also wrote Paranormalcy and she really knows what she's doing.

Timeless by Alexandra Monir
280 pages ~ Published on January 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance. 
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.
This book has got pretty much everything: Time travel (yay!), love, modern time, old times, sadness, happiness and I could go on. It is definitely a page-turner and really good when all you need is just to get lost in a book. It's not only a summer book - none of these books are - but I read it in the summer, and thought it was a really nice time to read it.

The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle
432 pages ~ Published on September 6th 2011 by HarperTeen 
Anyone who’s had something truly crappy happen to them will tell you: It’s all about Before and After. What I’m talking about here is the ka-pow, shake-you-to-your-core-and-turn-your-bones-to-plastic kind of crappy.
Sixteen-year-old Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new reality in which she and her best friend grow apart, boys may or may not be approaching her out of pity, overpowering memories lurk everywhere, and Mr. Kaufman is comatose but still very much alive. Through it all there is David, who swoops in and out of Laurel’s life and to whom she finds herself attracted against her better judgment. She will forever be connected to him by their mutual loss—a connection that will change them both in unexpected ways.

I like to read really heartbreaking books in the summer, because it's much more devastating to read them when it's dark outside and the rain the pouring down. It may be a sad way to enjoy the beautiful weather, but I think it's nice to sometimes cry over a book. This one is incredibly real and just such a nice read. I highly recommend it. 

*The synopsis of the books are taken from Goodreads, some of them have been edited a little bit*

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