Summer Reads Reviewed

Monday, August 28, 2017


Every summer I aim to read a few books while I have the time to spare. During the school year sadly it is rare I make time for books - especially studying English Literature next year I feel like the only reading I do will be the kind of books I study, not books I would go and choose for myself! So over the summer I have read three books I just had to share my thoughts about with you all.


I Was Here - Gayle Forman

I was Here was certainly an interesting read, following the life of Cody and how she comes to terms with her best friend Meg's suicide. I have loved Gayle Formans other novels in the past, particularly Where She Went which was why I was so keen to read this one. I loved how the storyline was mysterious, as you read on you'd find more pieces to the puzzle of the story and I liked that because it made me want to keep reading further.
 
I really liked Cody's character, I actually think she did clearly care about her friend Meg a lot and it was difficult for her to realise she didn't know her as well as she thought. I also loved Cody's relationship with Meg's parents and the fact that even though the storyline was generally based around the past friendship of Cody and Meg, there was a romantic story in there too.

 

Holding Up The Universe - Jennifer Niven

Having read Jennifer Niven's novel 'All The Bright Places' I was intreguied to read her next, Holding Up The Universe. Just like in All The Bright Places, it is written in the point of view of both a girl and a boy, Jack and Libby, with the characters viewpoint alternating each chapter. Again, similar to Niven's previous novel, it's a story of the two characters finding themselves, while also finding love. It may be the least favourite of these three books I've read, simply because I found myself reading it so I could write my opinion of it in this post, not because I really wanted to read it. I didn't find either of the characters the most interesting and the storyline was pretty predictable, but it was a decent read.

The One We Fell In Love With - Paige Toon


Paige Toon's The One We Fell in Love With had a romantic story I truly loved, told by three identical triplets whose personalityies couldn't be anymore different. The story was really easy to get into and there was a really shocking twist which blew me away and changed the course of the story. I really liked how it was set in Manchester, particularly because the other two books in this post are American and I have come to the realisation that this one was much easier to picture the setting of.

I loved all the characters, particularly Eliza, and it was a book I couldn't put down until I finished. My only wish is we got to know the character of Angus a bit deeper, so the reader could fall in love with him like the characters do. Unlike the other two books, this was the first I had read of its author, Paige Toon, but now I definitely want to read more of hers.


Have you read any good books over the summer?

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21 comments

  1. Loved these reviews, i think ill check out the one we fell in love with it sounds really good!
    Eleanor

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  2. I've read all the bright places this summer and absolutely loved it. I couldn't put it down! I nearly brought holding up the universe, but most of the reviews said the same as you! I am definitely going to read all the bright places again!
    www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes, I loved All The Bright Places! I haven't read it in a while so I'm definitely tempted to again x

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  3. I can't wait to read the Paige Toon one, I wish I did more reading this summer than I did ;l Amazing blog and post!

    Olivia | Immobulife

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    1. Same, even though I read these I still feel like I haven't done that much reading! Thanks! x

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  4. I really enjoyed Holding up the Universe but not as much as All the Bright Places. Both are amazing though! I would recommend reading Elenor and Park if you haven't already because I think you would reallyyyyyyy enjoy it! xx Nikita

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    1. Ah same! I actually read Eleanor and Park a couple of years ago and loved it, I remember I didn't enjoy Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl so I wasn't sure at first but I really liked it! x

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  5. Defnitely like the sound of I Was Here, sounds like the book for me!

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

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  6. Love your reviews😊 I spend way too much money on books, but now you've got me wanting to read 'I Was Here'

    Lon x

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    1. Thank you! Ah same, it's a bit of a problem aha, and I think you will really enjoy it x

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  7. I need to get my hands on I was here, it sounds really up my street!

    http://www.abeautifulchaos.co.uk/2017/08/my-depression-story.html

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    1. Yess I think you would really like it! x

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  8. I've read 'All The Bright Places' and absolutely loved it, and actually did shed a tear at the end - so I would love to read holding up the universe, although the one we fell in love with also sounds like a great read!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  9. These books look really good, I'll have to check them out. My friend has actually asked my if I've read 'Holding up the Universe' so I'm definitely going to look out for that one xx

    https://sakura-blush.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. P.S. I have also just nominated you for the mystery blogger award and the details for it can be found on my blog xx

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    2. Definitely check it out! And thank you so much for the nomination!! x

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  10. I love finding new books to read and I have not read any of these. Jennifer Niven is an author I definitely want to read more books from but maybe I will skip this book, as it sounds too similar to "All The Bright Places". I have heard so many great things about I Was Here, so I should really give that a read for myself! Great post!
    Grace xx
    gracexkate.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. these sound so great, i've just finished my pile of books for the summer so i'll definitely have to pick a few of these up. i love gayle foreman!
    jen, velvet spring x

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  12. Great reviews!! I read Anne Frank Diary which is a must for any young adult to read.
    www.lottiegibbons.com

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  13. I always get so excited to read these posts! You always give me books to add to my amazon wish list. This time I added two new ones. Great post xxx

    Melina | www.ivefoundwaldo.com

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