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Books Bought for Summer Reading

by Maya Victoria 2 months ago in literature
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Summer reading time!

It is summertime! So of course, to celebrate I bought some books because what else would a book reader do with all of the freedom summer has to offer with reading?

I no longer have to be bound by college reading!! WOOHOO!!!

That was a lot of exclamation points. Anyway, with summer underway I had to get some books and threw in some extra that I had gotten at the beginning of the year because I could.

That being said here are all the books!


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

We follow a man by the name of Santiago who goes on a journey from his homeland in Spain to Egypt in search of buried treasure near the pyramids. Along the way he meets new people who make him start to question his reasonings for what he is doing and why. This is said to be a very insightful and thought-provoking read.

Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

The sequel to Serpent & Dove continues where we last left off. Lou and Reid are surrounded on all sides by people who seek to destroy them. They are forced to make alliances that promise no loyalty and learn that the answers to save what they love may involve what they cannot bear to lose.

Elements from the first book were strangers to lovers, magical realism, chosen ones, witches vs witch hunters, saints and sinners, uneasy alliances, and constant threats. I really hope to see more of that within this book as well.

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

Jessica Davis is a single mother who no longer believes in love. Numbers and statistics are more reliable. So, what will happen when the company she works for develops a matchmaking product that gives her an unheard of 98% match with none other than the CEO? Will she learn that numbers and statistics are not all that matters?

Oh, and she is getting paid to go out with this guy.

I am already starting to see a little bit of drama on the horizon because of this. The real question is: does the CEO already know about this arrangement or will it interfere with the tentative relationship?

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

The sequel of Daughter of the Pirate King wherein we continue to follow Alosa as she discovers her origins, adventures the high seas, and refuses to acknowledge a budding attraction towards the pirate who had captured her.

Yeah. You heard that right. Her captor.

Riden, the captor, was responsible for her capture and subsequent release. He is quite the character to read about. I am very intrigued to see his part in this story because he is a combination of a smart and capable fighter that thus far has made him one of the top contenders to actually beat Alosa. But he also seems to have a heart that is sympathetic and understanding. Alosa and some of the others see that as a weakness in him, but it is actually one of the most likable aspects about him. Clearly, I have a bias. I will admit.

Still, he was a major player in the first book and arguably one of the most flushed out characters in terms of the present time frame in which our story is playing out. Alosa still seems a little more characterized by her past and the reputation she and others have given to her. I hope to see more of that aspect play out.

Neon Gods by Katee Robert

A modern take on the Greek gods. In this story we are following both Hades and Persephone who develop a mutually beneficial arrangement just to spite Zeus. And if a romance was to happen because of this then where is the harm in that?

I hope to see complete modernization in the way that they think and how they accept praise from their creations (mortals). I would also like to see them have moments where they show what they think of modern times versus historical times- for us.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Finishing out the duology Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows where we get a multi-pov story of criminals, rebels and traitors (essentially all morally grey people) having the same mission with different endings in mind. This group formed by personal gain forms a hesitance alliance in the face of something much bigger than all of them.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

This is the first book of the Grisha verse trilogy and one that was found all around the bookish communities on social media. It also has a Netflix show adaptation combining the Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom duology into one story since it is the same world and within similar timelines if I remember correctly.

From regular soldier to magical elite Alina unleashes dormant powers she never knew she possessed in an attempt to protect her fellow soldiers. Now that she knows who she is she seeks help from the Grisha. The notorious Grisha leader, the Darkling, takes an interest in her and her powers thinking that she holds the key to destroying the threat surrounding them all and uniting the country.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuinston

August is a 23 yr old woman who just wants to be proven correct: magic and true love stories you find in the movies does not exist.

Enter Jane. A gorgeous girl who she sees on the subway for a small portion of her day.

Upon closer inspection August realizes this girl just does not just dress from a different time period but actually is from a different time period. Now that she knows she has to be faced with the actions of her past. Maybe this time will be different.

You've Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

Julie had her life planned out and that includes her boyfriend Sam. Now all her plans have changed as he tragically passed. She had not been able to look at anything that used to be his. It hurt too much.

But as she was getting closer to graduation and having to face the reality of a life she had planned without the person that she wanted to do it with, she comes across their yearbook. She sees the quotes and messages that he had written and it becomes too much again.

She goes to the woods and scrolls through all the voice messages he had ever sent her. As they are on loop, she comes across a message with his voice speaking to her that she knows was not in the initial message. She plays it again and realizes that it is his voice speaking to her.

And the voice continues. Is it just a hallucination after all she is all alone? Does she just not remember this part of the message? How is this all possible?

We have to read to find out.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Kady and Ezra have just broken up this morning and they thought that would be the worst part of their day. Little did they know a few hours later their tiny planet on the edge of the universe was to be the battleground of two major enemy corporations. Unfortunately, no one was warned on this neutral planet. Now these two have to fight to get onto evacuations ships with a warship on their tail.

If that was not jarring enough there was a virus with nasty side effects spreading. What was worse the people that were supposed to be protecting them could now turn on them at any second.

And to top it all off we are told of this story through various mediums that do not include the typical paragraphs comprising a story.


Those are all of the books! I hope that maybe you have found a book that piqued your interest or was a book that you have been meaning to read. Would love to know which one in the comments down below if any. And if you are feeling brave, I would love to hear what books you are looking forward to reading this summer.

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to spend reading this article! I had so much fun writing it, so I hope you even had half as much entertainment reading it.

I am terrible at signing off so I will just end this here with a 'until the next one.'


About the author

Maya Victoria

A girl living her life and documenting her findings. And maybe also creating some new worlds of her own.

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