Friday, July 17, 2015

5 Must-Reads This Summer

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As a little six-year-old, I would impatiently listen as the teachers droned on and on about the importance of reading a little each night. Instead of nagging me to read, people told me to take a break! I would spend hours on end reading Nancy Drew or Junie B. Jones.

As I've gotten older, it's harder and harder to find time to read. Now that I'm on summer break, I've had the chance to kick back and enjoy books like I used to. Here are my top five summer picks.

1. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is number one on my list. It is a gorgeous historic retelling of the Baltic Genocide from fifteen-year-old Lina. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will open your eyes to the hardship and struggle in Lithuania.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is an excellent love story. It features Anna and Etienne, two confused high school seniors in Paris, and their small group of friends. It truly has the most dreamy, imaginative characters, and I found myself so into it that I finished it in a day!

3. The Heir by Kiera Cass is next on my list. America's daughter is now going through her own Selection, and she's not happy. I loved going on Eadlyn's journey with her, and comparing her to her mother and father. The book is a little slow-paced, but I recommend it if you're a fan of the original trilogy.

4. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a sad but poetic story. Hannah, who Clay Jensen loved so much, has just passed away, and the school is left shaken. Hanna's pained voice tells the dramatic story set in an average town. It will truly open your eyes to the silent struggle the people around you may be going through.

5. Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery is the final book on my list. There's nothing like a good classic to relax on a summer's day, and this is the one you're looking for. If you loved Gilbert in the first book, you'll definitely be seeing a whole lot more of him in this one. ;)

What is your all-time favorite book?

36 comments:

  1. Ooh, I've been wanting to read the Heir! I love the Selection series :) Lovely post!

    ~Noor
    www.alittlebitofsunshineblog.com

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    1. Thank you, Noor! The Heir is definitely worth a read, although you probably won't like it near as much as the Selection trilogy.
      ~ Sanjana

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  2. Oooh, I cannot tell you how much of a great list this is! People have been telling me to read Between Shades of Gray and Anna and the French Kiss, but they are always checked out from the library! And you can never go wrong reading the Anne of Green Gables series! ^.^

    As for my favorite book, I'm not sure... a lot of the books I like are fantasy and dystopia, but sometimes they damper my mood. I loved Wonder by R.J. Palacio and Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. They both gave me good vibes, like being swaddled in a warm towel or blanket. ^.^

    xoxo Morning

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    1. Thanks! ;) Those two books are so beautifully written... you're going to fall in love. x I've read Wonder, and I must say, it was a delightful read.
      ~ Sanjana

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  3. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY IS AMAZING.
    I think it was one of the few books I have ever read that made me cry.
    Have you read Cinder yet? Its really good.
    -Alisa
    www.livinginthebigwideworld.blogspot.com

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    1. I know. That really was a gorgeous book. ;) I haven't personally read Cinder, but it's been on my TBR list for a while. I'll definitely pick it up!
      ~ Sanjana

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  4. I love Anne! I watched the movies and read the first book, so I know how the plot goes, but it'll be interesting to read the next books in the series. :)

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    1. I enjoyed the Anne movies so much! :) I've personally only read the first two books, but I want to get my hands on the others. xx I adore her story!
      ~ Sanjana

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  5. i agree.. thirteen reasons why is a really great book, a must-read. very moving.(:

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    1. You're right; it was definitely moving. Your review of it is lovely, Yanni. <3
      ~ Sanjana

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  6. I've read Anne of Avonlea. It's a great book, but the childish innocence which I loved in Anne is replaced by responsibility in this book, as she grows older. Dora and Davy are great charcters though! :)
    Sound
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    1. I completely agree with you, but I feel like that's what adds to the overall essence of the book. ;) You've really got a wonderful blog, Soundarya!
      ~ Sanjana

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  7. I read 13 Reasons Why last summer and it was brilliant and beautiful. Easily one of my top favorite books.

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    1. I read it just a couple months ago, and it was downright amazing. It was so touching! x :)
      ~ Sanjana

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  8. I'm happy to say that I've read 4 out of 5 books on your list! I think Between Shades of Grey (not to be confused with 50 Shades of Grey, haha) is highly underrated, so I was happy to see you mention it!

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    1. A friend of mine actually put the book down because of its' title! ;) The book is so beautifully written and is a wonderful read. xx
      ~ Sanjana

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  10. This looks like a fabulous list of books! I know what you mean with trying to find (actually) good books. Ha. The struggle is real. I'll have to check these out! They look awesome. Hmm, it's hard to pin down an absolute favorite book ever... but right now I'd have to say my favorite is Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen -- there's just something so special about it. <3 Great list, Sanjana!

    love,
    abbie

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    1. All these books are just magnificent. xx Flipped has been on my TBR list for a while... Maybe your little reminder will be just the spark I need to go pick it up. ;)
      ~ Sanjana

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  11. I actually didn't like the Selection series that much, but I've heard many a good thing about Anna and the French Kiss, and that's on my reading list for sure! Great post, Sanjana! <3

    x Yasmine
    Cloudy

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    1. That's surprising, as I've never met someone who didn't like that series! :) You should definitely read Anna and the French Kiss. xx It's honestly so gorgeous, and it's such a relatable book!
      ~ Sanjana

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  12. The description that most sparked my interest here was 'Anna and the French Kiss'. I ought to check it out. ;) Thank you for the great suggestions, Sanjana.

    -T. x

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    1. You really should, Tane! You'll fall in love with it. <3
      ~ Sanjana

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  13. 'Anne of Avonlea'. *Happy sigh.* One of my favourites for sure! I also adore 'The Great Gatsby'. :) Lovely post!

    Much love,

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    1. I've yet to read The Great Gatsby, but I'll look into it. ;) Thank you for stopping by, Acacia!
      ~ Sanjana
      peridotcove.blogspot.com

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  14. Great list:D I can't belive that I didn't read any of them. I will check them out for sure.

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    1. You definitely should! ;) It's wonderful to see a new blogger out there. Thanks for visiting!
      ~ Sanjana

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  15. Wow, thanks for these recommendations! I've been looking for the perfect books to fill my summer with, and these might just be it. Can't wait to read some of them! x

    Emily // Lynde Avenue

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    1. I'm very pick with my book selection, so I think you're going to love these just as much as I did. ;) Thanks for stopping by, Emily!
      ~ Sanjana

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  16. Sweet :) I haven't heard of these titles, I like the sound of 13 reasons why.
    I've just gone out and brought a box load of books so I'll have to add it to my next order!
    Great post,
    Beth
    http://www.bethstumbles.com

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    1. My summary definitely did not do that book justice. It's such a beautiful book!
      ~ Sanjana

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  17. Great list! I used to love Anne, and will definetly pick it up again! Also the others sound as though I should try them out!

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    1. Thank you! They are all such amazing books! xx
      ~ Sanjana

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  18. Oooh, I'm gonna get the first recommendation! I want to read one book every month for my book club, so thank you for this list! I don't have an all-time favorite but some books I've read recently that I've enjoyed are I Am Malala, A Long Walk to Water, and The Secret Life of Bees. :) Happy 2016!

    Lisa
    everydayelevated.blogspot.com

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    1. No problem, Lisa! Those three books sound so good.
      Thank you for reading and commenting! ♥

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