Books I Want To Read This Summer

Hello everyone! Now that it's summertime there's more free time to read! I have a lot of books I want to read this summer and hope to finish. Most likely I won't finish most of these because I have a lot of stuff to do and I'm a mood-reader. With that said, I still like to make a reading list to give myself an idea of the books I want to finish soon. I hope you enjoy today's post and get some ideas for your own summer reading list. If you want a little challenge I recommend trying this reading list by POPSUGAR. Anyways, let's get into the books I hope to read this summer. 

I have been meaning to read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour since 2014 and I STILL HAVEN'T READ IT. In the summer I really love to read contemporaries which you will notice is a trend throughout this post. I've read every book by Morgan Matson except this one which is her first. She always adds little interactive things into her books like playlists, emails, etc. It really makes the reading experience even better and it makes me so excited to read this book.

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

I talked about Lucky in Love in my Most Anticipated Books of 2017 and it's almost here!!! I seriously love Kasie West's books and have read all of her contemporaries. It comes out July 25, 2017 and I can't wait. Her books are super adorable and perfect books to finish in one-sitting.  

Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment - She wins!
In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.
Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?
With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

I also talked about By Your Side by Kasie West in my Most Anticipated Books of 2017. It came out back in late January and I never read it. I'm probably going to read it this summer or save it for the 2017-2018 school year because Kasie's books are quick pick-me-ups and perfect for when I need a light-hearted read.

  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 at 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 have heard nothing but incredible things about The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. It's a hate-to-love story set in the workplace and is supposedly hilarious. I'm really looking forward to reading this. It sounds like the perfect beach read!

Nemesis (n.)
 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

I have heard about Nevernight by Jay Kristoff on Goodreads a lot since the sequel, Godsgrave, is coming out later this year. It sounds kick butt and incredibly epic. I'm really looking forward to reading this and hopefully I like it so I can read the sequel when it comes out. 

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic - the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church's halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Well, this is something I'm very sad to say but I've never actually read any of the Harry Potter books or watched any of the flims. The only books I wanted to read when I was younger were Geronimo Stilton and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I really want to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and finish the rest of the series this year. I hope to finish it before Christmas break so I can spend that break watching all the films. So cozy!

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

I have read two other Jennifer L. Armentrout novels before and I really love the way she writes, especially the romance. I have heard great things about The Problem With Forever with most people saying it's their favourite book. I really hope I enjoy it just as much (I think I will). It sounds like it's full of drama, romance, and heart-break. I can't wait!

Growing up, Mallory Dodge learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at a public high school. But she never imagined she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet soon it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.

I have read almost all of the books from the Shadowhunter Chronicles except for Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare. I love these books so much and this book follows Simon, one of the main characters from The Mortal Instruments, and the events that take place after City of Heavenly Fire. This book is a collection of 10 short stories and each story begins with a comic illustration by Cassandra Jean! I can't wait to read this as I need to read something by Cassandra Clare after finishing Lord of Shadows which made me so emotional. 

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be.
But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.
Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. Written by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, these moving and hilarious short stories are perfect for the fan who just can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters. 

I read The Lightning Thief last year and The Sea of Monsters earlier this year and still haven't finished the rest of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. I really hope to finish the rest of the series as they are short books and I really enjoy them. Rick Riordan has written so many sequels and spin-offs for this series and I really want to catch up on them. I hope to finish The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian this summer. 

Anyways, that wraps up this post. I know it's a lot of books but it's good to have goals! I hope you have a great day today and come up with your own summer reading list. Leave you list below! I'll see you soon.

love xena


  1. I'm curious about the playlist, email, and little nugget adds in Morgan Matson's books. That sure takes things up a notch and creates a more interactive read for a busy mind. 'Amy and Roger's Epic Detour' sounds like an add to my summer reads too. I'm into inspiring and wellness non-fiction reads as you know, but Matson has my interest now too. Happy summer! xo

    1. Yes! All of her books have those little extra bits that make it even more fun! I know you love books about wellness. I saw you recommend The Little Book of Hygge! Have a good summer.


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