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!