Best Books- Summer 2017 Edition

Hello, friends! I hope y’all are doing well today! I’m doing marvelously because today’s post is about one of my favorite hobbies- books!

One of my favorite ways to recharge is to get lost in a good book. So today’s post is going to talk about my 5 favorite books I’ve read this summer! I’ve been so excited about this post, y’all, because I LOVE all of these books so so much. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do a post on my favorite books of all time or a specific genre or recent reads…just so many options! But I went with what I’ve read recently (but don’t be surprised if there are more “best books” posts later). Ah, I’m just so excited, I love these books so much!!

(I don’t have very long synopses because the back covers do a great job on their own.) This post contains affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure statement here.

A Man Called Ove- Fredrik Backman

This book, briefly, is about a curmudgeon named Ove. He is a grumpy old man whose world gets rocked when he gets some new neighbors. The story is almost a coming-of-age novel for an old man.

Y’all, I cannot express to you enough how much I LOVED this book. My heart is warm just thinking about it. This book made me literally laugh out loud, it made me cry, it made me grin from ear to ear- when I was finished I was almost disappointed, and I really wished I could read it again for the first time. I actually told my husband I was jealous he could read it for the first time (he only got a few pages in, but he also doesn’t like chocolate, so take his opinion with a grain of salt). Read this book, and thank me later.

Britt-Marie Was Here- Frederik Backman

Britt-Marie is a very particular old woman whose world was recently turned upside down. She is sent to a tiny town during a financial recession and unexpectedly becomes the team’s soccer coach. The novel follows her journey as it is tied to the local community.

So you may have noticed the top 2 are the same author…he’s my current fave. Same as A Man Called Ove, I laughed and cried and didn’t want it to end. So. Many. Feels. The characters are all just so unique and lively, and everyone has such a specific voice which I loved. Read the full synopsis, and then buy it. You will not be disappointed.

The Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern

A fantastical novel about a traveling circus that takes place at night in black and white, and the story of the two magicians intrinsically tied to the circus and each other.

Full disclosure- I actually read this book a few years ago, but then read it again this summer for a book club. And it was just as good the second time. I’m not super into the fantasy genre, but this book does it so subtly and the story is so natural that it just makes sense. I will be honest that the ending is not one I would have desired, but this book is so worth reading. Also, beautiful imagery. I want this circus to be real. Add this book to your list, too.

Caraval- Stephanie Garber

Another fantastical novel with an edge of mystery. The story of two sisters who travel to a mystical carnival. When they get there, the one sister is used as the endgame, leaving the other racing through the game to find her.

This book was really reminiscent of The Night Circus, but with a bit more mystery which I loved. This one was just entertaining to me. It was fun, it was intriguing enough that I stayed up reading it, and the characters and setting were really interesting. Be aware, though- there is a sequel slated that I don’t think is even done being written yet. So consider yourself forewarned. With that, you should still add this to your reading list pronto!

The Nightingale- Kristin Hannah

This story is set in France in WWII, and it follows two sisters’ very different paths throughout the war. One sister has always dreamt of being a hero, and the other is just trying to sustain her family home.

Y’all. This book is not last because it’s my least favorite. It’s last because I just really struggle to find the words to describe this book. I think haunting is the only one that fits, and I know that’s probably not a huge seller. No book I’ve read (and I’ve read a lot) has every moved me like this book. Ugly sobs, people. But it is so beautiful and powerful and educational and inspiring. I love historical fiction, and with this particular novel Kristin Hannah puts you there, which is partially why it’s so haunting. I think any author that can evoke such strong emotions is worth reading. Y’all, read this book. Just have a box of tissues nearby. I loved loved loved this book.

Talk to me, people! If you’ve read any of these, did you like them? And give me your suggestions- what should I read next?

Follow along with me on Goodreads to see what’s on my to-read list!

Have a phenomenal day!

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18 Comments

  1. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    August 7, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    The Nightingale was so good! Thanks for the book ideas.

    1. Alex

      August 8, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      So glad you liked it, too! 🙌🏼

  2. Marie

    August 8, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for this list! I love historical fiction, so I definitely want to check out The Nightingale. I’ve always loved to read, but since having my son I have less and less time. It’s one of my August personal goals to stop that cycle and put effort into reading for my own personal pleasure.

    1. Alex

      August 8, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      So hard to find time!! I recommend putting The Nightingale at the top of your list if you like HF! 😊

  3. Brenda

    August 8, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I love book suggestions! The Nightingale has been on my list to read for a LONG time. I read and loved the Night Circus, so now I really want to read Carnaval.

    1. Alex

      August 8, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      The Nightingale had been on my list forever, too, til I finally just got it from the library- I regret waiting so long! And yes, Caraval is great if you liked the Night Circus! Thanks for reading! 😊

  4. Reg Lok Von

    August 8, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I’ve never read any of these – then again, I don’t find much time to read. At the end of the day, all i want to do is pass out to netflix, haha! I definitely want to start reading again, it’s like exercise – I always feel rejuvenated (for some reason) after I finish a book.

    1. Alex

      August 8, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Yes, I love it! I don’t have as much time as I’d like between two kids and blogging and trying to keep running, but it’s just a great way to relax and check out for a bit!

  5. Heather

    August 8, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations!! I am always looking for new books to delve into!

    1. Alex

      August 8, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks so much for reading!

  6. Amanda

    August 8, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Pinning for later. I have The Nightingale on my to read list for awhile now. But was worried I wouldn’t get into it. May have to put closer to top of list. Thanks!

    1. Alex

      August 8, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      That was one I had on mine for a while, too, and finally just got it from the library not expecting much and I loved it!

  7. Cheyenne

    August 8, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I ugly sobbed at the end of The Nightengale too. I just finished another of her books called Winter Garden and it was so good!

  8. Rose

    August 8, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I was surprised out of 30 books that I have read so far I only read 1 of your 5. A Man Called Ove. I loved that book and would absolutely buy it and keep it in my home library!

  9. Davi

    August 9, 2017 at 9:56 am

    First, I am very impressed that you got through 5 books this summer! 🙂 I’ve been working on the same one for a few months now! Can’t wait to check some of these out. I haven’t read any of them!

  10. Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    August 9, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I love The Night Circus! I’d also love for that circus to be real! Caraval is on my bookshelf and I’m planning to read it soon.

  11. Chioma

    August 9, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I could feel your passion for the books and loved the way you expressed your feelings about each. I think I will add the Nightingale to my list. I also love books but haven’t been reading these as much as I used to.

  12. Heather

    August 9, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I have the Nightingale on my side table and read a couple of pages 3 months ago and put it down. Everyone keeps telling me to pick it back up because they loved it!!! I guess these are all signs I need to start this book!!!! Thanks lady!

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