Monday, July 17, 2017

Sweet Summertime Reads with Sarah's Summer Reading List + GIVEAWAY

This week's Sweet Summertime Reads is featuring some not-so-typical summery contemp books from one of my favorite people, Sarah from  What Sarah Read. I know that not everyone likes to read the same things I do during the summer -- & that's okay! It's the beauty of reading! We all gravitate toward something different.

So for this week I thought it would be great to reach out to some of my readers that aren't necessarily a fan of the contemporary genre. Sarah has put together a great summer reading list in the variety of sci-fi, fantasy, and action. If this is more your jam, then you're in for a treat!

She is also giving away one of the books from her summer reading list (open to US & International - must be able to ship from Book Depository), so be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom!


Thanks so much to Ginger for having me on her blog today as part of her epic Sweet Summertime Reads feature. Like Ginger, I'm a BIG fan of summer reading. There's nothing I love more than a lazy summer afternoon, sitting in the sun enjoying an amazing book. The best part about summer reading? You can read virtually anywhere. At the beach or pool, in a tent under the stars, on a road trip or snuggled in bed during a summer storm...the possibilities are endless.

Now, we all know summer is the perfect time to fall in love with a swoony contemporary romance. But if you ask me, it's also the perfect time of year to get sucked into the worlds of fantasy, science fiction and action-adventure! It's such a treat to find that perfect book in that perfect moment and read it from beginning to end in a flurry of pages, swoons and scenes that make your heart race. Lucky for you, I've come up with a list of five perfect summer reads and the perfect summer scene in which to read them. If I'm being honest though, you could read any of these books anywhere and they would still be absolutely amazing!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Grab your flashlight, find a good patch of grass to get comfy in and dive into this epic space adventure! The format of this story is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s a combination of interview transcripts, network transmissions, emails, official documents and so much more. It’s fascinating and provided a comprehensive look into an already thrilling and detailed story. Illuminae is unlike any book I’ve read before but still managed to be everything I love in an amazing sci-fi novel! Grab this one today and be amazed!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Get comfy on your beach blanket. because this book is going to take over your life! The gorgeous and vivid imagery of Taylor's words, and the ideas that spring forth are so exquisite. “Strange the Dreamer” is pure magic. From the multitude of characters that I found myself caring so much about, to the rich and complex world that Taylor built as the foundation of her story. Don't blame me when you find yourself still parked on your beach blanket as the sun sets over the water forgetting about the world around you. This book sucks you right in and doesn't let go until the final page.

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Make sure you're next to a cool body of water before you start reading this one. It's filled with all sorts of swoony and seriously steamy moments! A "Promise of Fire" is an epic Adult fantasy that pairs a stubborn and sarcastic heroine and a brooding and smoldering warlord who love to argue. Can you say enemies to lovers? SWOON! But what I love most about this book is the Greek mythology-inspired world that it's set in. The world is detailed, rich and expansive and it's the perfect book to lose yourself in while you soak up that summer sun.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I JUST finished this book the other night and let me tell is AMAZING! Seriously, one of the best books I've read this year! There's so much fun and adventure (and sass) packed into this story and it's the perfect book to bring along on an epic summer road trip with your bestie! Monty and Percy are such precious little cinnamon roles and I want to tuck them in my pocket and keep them safe from harm. Felicity, on the other hand, I want to be her sidekick while she takes over the world. DEFINITELY add this one to your summer reading.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This one is perfect for a stormy summer night! I don’t normally go for the dark and creepy books, and it’s pretty evident from the opening lines that this book is intense! But after a little bit of squirming and reading through my fingers, I discovered that I actually LOVED it! It's an intriguing, dramatic and tense novel that’s inspired by real life mystery and I loved the liberties she takes with the storyline. Most notably, the swoon! Yup, swoon in a story based on Jack the Ripper. I’m not going to say anymore though, you just have to read it for yourself to find out.


Who's ready to read one of these action-packed, swoon-worthy, intensely intriguing stories?! If so, enter the giveaway below! One winner will be selected to choose from the five books mentioned above. This is open to US & International (must be able to ship from Book Depository). Good luck!

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  1. Contemporary romance,but also I like to read paranormal romance :)
    Thank you Sarah for the awesome book recommendations :)

  2. I love anything that's fast paced in the summer months. From romances to thrillers, if has back to back action, I'm all about it.

  3. Generally happy with the next book on my list.

  4. I like YA paranormal stories like The Haunting of Sunshine Girl.

  5. I love that you included STJR on this list. I read it last July and now I'm reading HPD. Honestly I can read any book at any time. I'm more of a mood reader than anything.

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  7. I usually reach for light contemporary reads this time of year, though inevitably at a certain point that leads to burn out and I'll look for something completely different, these books you've chosen sound like great options for that.

  8. I like summer books that have a bit of depth to them, but are still hopeful and fun. Thank you for the giveaway! <3
    Megan S.

  9. I would love to read contemporary books for summer. :3

  10. I like to read Fantasy books like ACOTAR series by SJM. :)

  11. I have to read a variety of books so I am not bored by one genre. However, I do tend to read more contemporary novels during summer because they are usually a fun, quick read! (For example, I just finished When Dimple Met Rishi, which I highly recommend)


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