It’s hard to believe that summer is already over. It’s definitely one of my favorite times of the year, especially when it comes to reading. There are so many fun books that come out during the summer, and with the longer days and warmer nights, it always feels like there’s so much more time to read during the summer months.
For this week’s Tuesday Top 10, I’m sharing my favorite books from this past summer. While I read a lot of books during the summer months, these 10 were my favorites, and possibly some of my favorites of the year!
10. First & Then by Emma Mills. This was such a sweet, adorable book! A seemingly simple story centered on high school football, this book is a lot more than meets the eye. While I haven’t always been a big fan of YA, this book definitely changed my mind, and is probably the reason why I’ve been reading so much more YA lately. The characters were so relatable, flaws and all, and by the end I loved them so much, and was cheering for them both on and off the field.
9. Always by Sarah Jio. This was my first Sarah Jio novel, and I’m so glad I gave it a try! I’m a big fan of dual-narratives, and I loved how this book alternated between past and present. The mystery surrounding these characters kept me hooked until the very end, and I couldn’t wait to see how it all turned out.
8. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. A memoir written in poetry form is definitely something I want to read, and Jacqueline Woodson’s did not disappoint! This book has won many awards, and it’s very easy to see why. I felt like I learned so much about not just her and her family, but about the South and its culture throughout history. Definitely something I would recommend.
7. One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul. This was one of my Book of the Month picks, and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I absolutely loved it! It’s powerful, thought-provoking, and extremely funny, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read it. It’s safe to say I am a big fan of Scaachi Koul’s now after reading this.
6. Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki. This was another Book of the Month pick for me. My husband had read Lepucki’s California and loved it, and after reading the premise of Woman No. 17 I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad that I did! Lepucki’s writing is even better than I expected, and I was completely hooked on the story until the very end.
5. The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman. I first saw this book at an airport, and wasn’t sure if it was something I would like. I was wrong – I loved it! It’s sweet, funny, sad, and hopeful, and left me smiling from ear to ear. I also learned a lot about gardening, which was a nice added perk! The story has so much heart, and I can’t wait to read Waxman’s next novel.
4. The Summer House by Hannah McKinnon. This was my third McKinnon novel, and in my opinion it was her best one yet. I loved the family at the center of the story, and each character felt so distinct and so real. It was a perfect summer read, one that made me miss it long after it was over.
3. What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum. I was hesitant to read this at first, because I was worried it might be too sad, but I’m so glad I went for it. It was so good! I fell in love with the characters, and felt that the book shed such an important light on mental health and grief. It all felt so real, and I was sad to see it end.
2. The Idea of You by Robinne Lee. This is one of those books that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it. I still find myself thinking about it! It was totally un-put-down-able, and one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. A powerful love story that totally gutted me.
1. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I loved it so much! I don’t think I would have found it if it hadn’t been one of my Book of the Month picks, and I’m SO glad I chose it! Little (whose real name is Suzette) is black, Jewish, has a white step-father, and is coming to terms with her bisexuality. Her step-brother and best friend, Lion (whose real name is Lionel) is struggling with Bipolar disorder. I’m not sure what else Colbert could have added to make this book more amazing, but I loved every little piece of it. This will easily be one of my favorite books of the year, and probably one of my favorites I’ve read in a long time!