Anna's Summer Picks
This book was everything I needed in the form of a cute contemporary romance! It feels so much more than that sometimes because the characters’ lives really surround their respective families. The familial aspect of this story is definitely my favorite and how food plays such a big part of how the family interacts and show love. It made me so hungry reading about the food that Layla’s family makes at their restaurant. The heart of this story really stands with Layla and Sam and their relationship! They had some of the best banter that I’ve read and I found myself eagerly awaiting each of their interactions with each other. Their chemistry was so good and so real and they’ve definitely become one of my favorite fictional couples!
This book made me oddly emotional for a romance book. Stella and Michael’s relationship was so real that it made me cry at the end when everything was wrapped up. I really came to care for this couple. Stella has Austism and she never learned what a relationship was, so she hires Michael to teach her how to date. Helen Hoang writes the best romance books, and is my favorite author of the genre. Her characters feel so authentic and honest and the romances are always incredibly well-done!
This book was unlike any romance I have ever read before. Henry has written in other genres before, but this is her first romance. This makes her similar to the characters she writes about in the story because they too jump out of their comfort zones to challenge themselves to write novels from genres they have never written about before. The characters were so well-written and their plots and life problems were so unique and original from other romances I have read before. My favorite thing Henry did was incorporate a cult into the novel, which was a very unexpected, but also a very enjoyable plot point. I loved this book, and hope that Henry will write more romances in the future!
This book is absolutely blowing me away! I love how McNamara adds in personal touches from her own life to show how she got into true crime when she was a teenager. I am in total awe of how much research she did in order to complete as much of the book as she did before her untimely passing. I did not know before reading this that she was the one who coined the name "Golden State Killer." I wish I could read more from her, but her work has helped to catch the GSK, so we can at least thank her for that.
This book made me feel more understood than any other book has, and I am so grateful for its existence! Darius deals with depression and it is written from an Own Voice's perspective, which made it all the more real and relatable. I also love that this followed a friendship and not a love story the way that most books do. The friendship between Darius and Sohrab is so beautiful to read about because they both have such innocence about them that make them so lovable. This book made me feel happy, sad, and even angry at the way that certain families are treated because of their religion. This book was so insightful on a culture that I knew next to nothing about. The way that the families were so close and so loving in their own ways was refreshing for me to read
This is the first manga that I have ever read, and it was amazing! I had wrongly associated manga with being filled with fights and a lot of action, but this was a teen high school story. It follows our main character as she receives letters from her future self, telling her to change some things around in her life. She doesn’t believe these letters are real, and therefore ignores them. When she realizes that the things in her letters are starting to come true, she begins to listen to them and their messages. This was an emotional read, and quite dark at times, but I really loved it.
I wanted to include this throwback read, because it is the first book in a series that brought my love of reading back during my second year of college. We follow four boys and one girl named Blue, and these characters are some of my favorite fictional characters ever. Their development over each book is fantastic, and it made Maggie Stiefvater one of my favorite authors. This series involves dead Welsh kings, a boy that can pull things from his dreams, a family of clairvoyants, and two super cute romances. If you love a light fantasy, this series is for you!
This book has been one that I have wanted to read for years, and when my friend lent me her copy, I couldn’t have been more excited. This psychological thriller follows a disgraced investigative journalist as he follows the murder of an elusive and secretive filmmaker’s daughter. Our main character is obsessed with the filmmaker and believes that he is hiding something huge, so when he sees that his daughter has been found dead of an apparent suicide, he refuses to believe that this is her manner of death, so he starts his own investigation and gets wrapped up in a lot of wild things.