Rec of the month - July 18

For many, summer often means reading more contemporary books, stories about falling in love that you can read in a day or two. Stephanie Perkins Anna and the French Kiss, the first in a trilogy set on a boarding school in Paris, is a good choice for for your next summer read.

Anna is about to start her senior year in Atlanta. It’s here that she has her job, her best friend and a crush that might soon turn into more. Her father, however, decides she should go to boarding school in Paris, something Anna isn’t thrilled about. But when she starts her new school she meets Étienne St. Clair, a charming, funny and beautiful guy. He’s perfect in every way and he seems to have it all, including a serious girlfriend.

The year Anna spends in Paris is filled with friendship, adventures, love and heartbreak. She meets new friends, she sees her old life in a new light and she explores the City of Light while finding herself and a future she never even imagined.

This novel will give you everything you want and then some. It’s not love and happiness through it all but it is a story that will make you feel good. If you want to know more about it, read my review HERE.

Rec of the month - June 17

Summertime means contemporary for many. It's just more fun to read sappy love stories during warm, sunny days and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door is a perfect example of a lovely summer read. It’s a novel I enjoy reading while soaking up some sun but it has a bit more to offer than other contemporary novels. For a full review, hop on over HERE.

Sam has lived next door with the Garretts for most of her life yet had very little interaction with them. She lives with her politician mother and older sister and their home is immaculate. The Garretts, however, have a big family, they’re loud and messy and everything Sam wish she could be a part of. This summer, Sam’s sister leaves for a trip and Sam’s mother is busy campaigning for the coming election. Sam is left alone a lot and she spends more and more time watching the Garretts until one day when Jase Garrett climbs up her trellis and invites her into their life. Love blooms between them and Sam enjoy spending time with his family. It looks like it will be a wonderful summer, until an accident happens and Sam is left with the hardest choice of her life.

I’ve read this novel a few times now, as well as the two sequels. Neither was as good as My Life Next Door in my opinion, however, they all have one thing in common. They take place during summer and Fitzpatrick is amazing at writing about summertime. Sam lives near water and she loves to swim. The weather is hot and sunny most of the time and Fitzpatrick is so great when it comes to details. You can smell the freshly cut grass, you can feel the sun on your skin, taste the ice cream on your tongue. Reading this novel is like being transported to summer, so it’s a great read for those chilly winter months and a perfect read for when you’re at the beach in July.

The love between Sam and Jase feels real and they tackle quite a few tough questions and problems during the novel. It’s not just about your first love, it’s about your family, your future and about the person you want to be. I liked seeing two very different families meet and Jase’s siblings are all interesting and colourful. My Life Next Door is not the best novel I’ve ever read, but it is one of the best contemporary reads I’ve come across. Summer wouldn't be the same without this book.

Rec of the month - May 17

While my reading slump continues, I thought I would try something new and open up a new category here, like the title called Rec of the month. Every month I'll recommend one book that I like and/or feel should get more attention. First of is none other than one of my favourite novels from last year (well, I read it last year but it was published in 2015), A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! This is a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”, a very popular novel and the first in a series that started as a trilogy but was later expanded to six books. My full review can be found HERE.

Feyre is a nineteen-year-old huntress providing for her family after they lose their money. But out on a hunt one day, Feyre kills a beast that managed to slip through the wall separating Feyre’s home, the mortal land and the immortal land where magical creatures such as High Fae lives. As punishment for this crime, Feyre is given the choice of being killed or agreeing to leave her home to live out the rest of her life in the immortal land. That’s how Feyre ends up living in Tamlin’s home. He is a man that can turn into a beast and he is very powerful but he is also cursed. It’s a curse that will doom not only the immortal land but the whole continent and possibly the entire world. A curse that needs to be broken soon because time is running out and Feyre is the last hope. But is she willing to save the creatures in the immortal land when they’ve only ever wanted to hurt her and her world?

I fell in love with this story and I hope you will too. I think it’s great in every way; it’s fun, packed with action and romance and lovely friendships. It’s about a strong woman becoming stronger, fighting not just for a man, but for the world. It lays the groundwork for what I think will turn into an intense series. If you find yourself falling in love with this story, good news! The sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury came out last year and the third book, A Court of Wings and Ruin was published just a few days ago.