Today I’m featuring five books I want to read that…
…either feel/look summery, are set in the summer or just plain have some relation to summertime!
‘Bloom’ by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau (illust.)
Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band—if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.
This sounds dreamy, quintessentially teenage, probably emotional and filled with love of all kinds and meaningful quotes. And queer.
My endless-TBR brain: Excellent, do go on.
‘Deathless Divide’ (‘Dread Nation’, #2) by Justina Ireland
After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother. But the safe haven of Nicodermus is not what it appears. Caught between mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her.
Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come by. Watching Jane’s back, however, is more than she bargained for, Katherine begins to fear that there is no happily-ever-after for girls like her.
The word ‘Summer’ is mentioned in its blurb therefore this book qualifies for this list 😂 Jokes aside I really want to read this! ‘Dread Nation’ was really good and after that shocking revelation near the end I have to know what happens next.
‘Felix Ever After’ by Kacen Callender
Felix Love has never been in love. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone else. Though he is proud of his identity, Felix secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.
Following transphobic harassment by an anonymous student, Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle….
As he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.
Doesn’t that gorgeous cover just scream summer and life and vibrancy? I also literally just noticed that the cover also shows Felix’s top surgery scars! I’m gutted my library doesn’t have it (though I swear it was on order last time I checked??) but hopefully I can buy/borrow it soon.
‘You Should See Me in a Crown’ by Leah Johnson
When the financial aid Liz was counting on unexpectedly falls through, her plans to escape her small town and attend an elite college come crashing down. Until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen.
There will be a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but Liz will do whatever it takes to get to Pennington. The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, just as much of an outsider as Liz…and also running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams, or make them come true?
Published just this summer (June) and I’ve already heard so many amazing things. Not to mention how awesome this cover is! Liz looks so happy and that vibe and the vivid purples just yell ‘SUMMER!’ at me.
‘The House in the Cerulean Sea’ by TJ Klune
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life, working at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must determine if they’re likely to bring about the end of days.
But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming, enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.
Hello. This cover. SUMMER SUNSETS!! (I actually don’t know if they look different to other seasons’ sunsets, but you know that’s just the feeling I get from this gloriously colourful cover. Also the whole ‘Extremely Upper Management’ and Antichrist mention gives me ‘Good Omens’ type of humour vibes so I’m 10/10 down.
‘The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue’ (‘Montague Siblings’, #1) by Mackenzi Lee
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend, Percy.
Still, it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when Monty’s recklessness turns their trip into a manhunt across Europe, it threatens everything he knows, including his relationship with Percy.
I’ve had this book on my Kindle for literal YEARS! I’m making it a goal to read it before 2020 is out. That’s attainable…right? Anyway this seems like some kind of historical summer road trip read and I’ve heard promises that it’s utterly hilarious!
Looking back over this list, I realise it’s super queer 😂 and I’m so happy! Gotta love the growing numbers of LGBTQIA+ books – especially #ownvoices ones – swelling the ranks of YA fiction. I can’t wait to read these!
Upcoming #5OnMyTBR topics:
27/07/2020 — Sequels
03/08/2020 — Long
10/08/2020 — Mystery
17/08/2020 — 2020 release
24/08/2020 — Assemble Cast
31/08/2020 — Disabled MC