Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Summer Reads

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Summer is just around the corner! So get your swimsuits ready, put some shades on and grab some reading suggestions, because today’s T5W is all about our Favourite Summer reads.

When the weather starts to get warmer, I tend to prefer lighter reads (around the 300 pages instead of 400+). Mostly, because I don’t do well with heat. Yes! I know, I’m Portuguese and can’t handle the heat.

Anyway, I do tend to get quite ill and fatigued with the heat (very prone to heat strokes) so I find it harder to concentrate on a heavy book. Also when on holiday, I can’t stay longer than 10 min out of the water so a lighter book makes it easier for me to feel like I achieved something during those breaks. I’m telling you, next big thing should be waterproof books.

Hope you enjoy some of my Favourite Summer Reads, even though some haven’t actually been read during the Summer.

Big Bones by Laura Dockrill

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Yes I know, this book reaches the 400 pages, but still was such an amazing read. Even though I haven’t read it over the Summer, I feel that this book is such a perfect Summer read. It is just a feelgood, body positive story and the perfect book to compliment your beach body! Because all bodies are beach bodies!

Synopsis from Goodreads: The latest teen novel from the sparkling Laura Dockrill, introducing Bluebelle, and her moving, hilarious take on food, body image and how we look after ourselves and others.

A heart-warming teen story from the unique voice of Laura Dockrill, about Bluebelle, aka BB, aka Big Bones – a sixteen-year-old girl encouraged to tackle her weight even though she’s perfectly happy, thank you, and getting on with her life and in love with food. Then a tragedy in the family forces BB to find a new relationship with her body and herself. Moving, memorable and hilarious.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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I read We Were Liars a few years back over the Summer and I absolutely loved it. However, if you don’t want to be crying over your cocktails by the beach during your holiday (Totally didn’t happen to me! Nah…Who am I kidding? Yes it did!) maybe would be best to read it on a warm Summer evening (behind closed doors!).

Synopsis from Goodreads: A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE

Paper Towns by John Green

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I have to say that John Green books are usually the perfect size for a Summer read. I enjoyed Paper Towns in because it has the whole road trip adventure, that one can only dream (or read) about.

Synopsis from Goodreads: Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew..

Every Day by David Levithan

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I really loved this book when I read it a few Summers ago. The whole genderless concept for the main character is what initially attracted me to grab a copy. I read in one sitting because it was impossible to put down. I haven’t read Another Day or Someday yet. Maybe they can be my some of Summer reads for this year.

Synopsis from Goodreads: Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone A wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day

Riding The Magic Carpet by Tom Anderson

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I love Surf! I’m super bad at it (sorry Dad!), but I love it so much. So of course I couldn’t do a Summer reads list without adding a surf book into the mix. Ridding The Magic Carpet is a nonfiction book that takes you on Surfer’s Odyssey around the world. It’s going to make you want to travel, and is going to make you feel like the Summer is Endless! (Got it?)

Synopsis from Goodreads“The right-hand point at Jeffreys Bay is one of the surfing world’s most exciting finds, and from the age of twelve it had been my life’s purpose to surf there.” J-Bay, South Africa, has the fantasy, the almost mythical waves every surfer dreams of riding once in their lifetime. But Tom wouldn’t go until he was ready. He would seek out surf-spots from the virgin reef-breaks of the Outer Orkneys to the temple point-breaks of Indonesia, from the beautiful beaches of France to the wilds of Sri Lanka, on his quest to ride the waves of his dreams. Get on the road, get stoked, and get in the water.

These are my Top 5 Wednesday for this week.

Have you read any of my suggestions? Any that piqued your interest?

Let me know some of your Favourite Summer Reads in the comments bellow.

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite Jokesters

TOP 5 WEDNESDAYI’m back doing Top 5 Wednesday posts! In honour of April fool’s day, today is all about favourite jokesters, pranksters and overall funny characters.

It’s so hard to create character that can make you laugh out loud, but some amazing authors have done a tremendous job on getting some very funny characters out there.

So here are my top 5 favourite funny characters, the ones that I wish they were real, so I could hang out with them and laugh until my I have abs in my belly!

Lee Jordan, Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

Okay, technically this is a three in one here, but how can you pick up just one from this funny trio? Yes, Fred and George were the prank masters, but who didn’t laugh form Lee Jordan’s commentary during Quidditch games? This three are such funny characters that will forever be stuck with me, as the whole series is.

Emma Nash from Editing Emma by Chloe Seager

I read this amazing book last year when it came out, and I instantly fell in love with Emma. This book is not only brilliant but I couldn’t stop laughing at how real Emma is. If you love contemporary YA, make sure to read this brilliant book. Also sequel coming out in July! Can’t wait to get back into Emma Nash’s world. (You can check my review of this amazing book here.)

Izzy O’Neill from The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

Izzy O’Neill will have you laughing out loud from the moment you read that first page, and you won’t stop! I absolutely adore all these amazing female characters coming out of contemporary YA. They’re so realistic funny and so relatable. Also this book its an amazing feminist read, so if you still have one thing or two to learn on the subject, make sure to pick this one up.

Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

I’m not a big fan of Cassandra Clare, I read the first three books so many times but I can’t get past the fourth because gets so dull and boring. However, Simon always cracked me up. I actually looked forward to his parts in the books because he is such an enjoyable funny character. So even though the books are not my favourite, Simon deserves to be mentioned.

Kitty Song from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I found this book quite enjoyable, but what really did it for me was Lara Jean’s younger sister Kitty. The kid is amazingly funny and I so wanted a young sister like her! She was a breath of fresh air in between all the romance and drama. Can’t wait to see how she comes across in the film coming out in at some point this year. (Looks like Netflix bought the film rights back in March) I just hope they don’t mess her character up.

That’s all for today my lovelies!

Do you think I got some good funny characters on my Top 5? Who is your favourite jokester? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section.

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx