The summer isn't over yet! There's just enough time left for us to cram those final few summery reads into our TBRs. In fact, there's even enough time left to head to that perfect summer destination and reenact your favorite book (or do your best trying). But for those of us who have jobs and school looming closer every day, the summer is drawing to a rapid close. All that's left to do now is seek escapism in books. And do summery tags. This tag (created by JackEatsBooks on YouTube) might just be the perfect one. And without further ado, we are picking our summer-reminiscent reads.
1. Show a book with a Summery cover! (The one that showcases the sun, the beach, etc.)
Lexie: Unbearable Lightness by Portia deRossi. I'm almost 100% sure that no one has picked this cover for this particular tag. For one thing, it's non-fiction. For another, not enough people have read it (in my biased opinion). While the cover strikes me as summery and warm - further accentuated by the fact that the book takes place in California, with one trip to Australia - there is virtually nothing light or summery about the contents. This is my all-time favorite non-fiction book, if only for tackling a serious issue (of eating disorders) in a brutally honest way and still wraps it up with a message of hope, love, recovery and a healthy dose of self-acceptance.
Natalie: Picking a cover that I own already, I'm choosing Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. The sun shining, sunglasses on, ice cream in hand, chilling out with friends - that's my summer (although living in the UK, it's not always sunny). I've yet to read it but this book is about a girl who's friend - who usually makes the plans - disappears and she decides to do everything on a to-do list she found, written by her missing friend. Morgan Matson is good at her summer books so there's no doubt that this will be a fantastic book!
2. Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for your Summer Vacation!
Natalie: I'm not really a sun-bather, when I go on holiday, I tend to go on city breaks. I class my summers as sightseeing, eating ice cream, meeting new people, catching up on reading, experiencing new things. And that pretty much makes my fictional place Hogsmeade. I can see myself at the ice cream parlor,. watching the wizards and witches go by, a new bag full of spell books at my side. Incase you're unaware of where Hogsmeade is, pick up Harry Potter.
Lexie: This question is difficult because the place has to be fictional. If I were slightly more twisted, I'd pick the arena from Catching Fire. Aside from deadly gasses, killer monkeys, raining blood and rotating platforms, it's quite a summery place, isn't it?
But since we're still keeping the appearance of non-twistedness, my pick is Pemberley from Pride and Prejudice. The libraries, you guys. The libraries. It's all I really have to say in the matter.
3. You're about to go on a flight to your Summer Vacation. But you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight, so what novella do you choose
Lexie: My default answer to this question is Destroy Me (or, more specifically, the Unite Me bind-up). It's an impossibly relevant, impossibly beautiful novel that turns a slightly manic, puzzling character into an entirely relatable, entirely comprehensible three-dimensional one.
However, since I've already read Destroy Me (about ten billion times), my pick would be The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas. This bind-up of five novellas has nearly 500 pages! It's as long as any of the books in the Throne of Glass series! And given that I'm beyond anxious to start the series, and also given that the novellas are prequels to the story, that would be my choice for a perfect plane read.
Natalie: I'm not really a big novella reader so I don't have many options for this one. I'd probably pick Keeping Her by Cora Carmack, which is from Losing It, it's a fantastic and hilarious book about a girl trying to lose her virginity. I also love Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover, which is a spin-off book from Hopeless about two lovable side characters in that novel.
4. You have a case of Summertime Sadness. What happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?
Natalie: This is a hilarious coming-of-age summer book that everyone has to read! Lobsters by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison really cheered me up and it's perfect if you get a case you get the summertime blues.
Lexie: Amy And Roger's Epic Detour! It's my latest contemporary obsession, I was laughing consistently all the way through, and on top of it all - it's a perfect summer read! A cross-country road trip along the scenic route is just my idea of a perfect summer.
5. You're sitting at the beach all alone. Which fictional character would be your beach babe?
Lexie: Kellan (Thoughtless), Aaron (Shatter Me), Noah (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer) or Daemon (Obsidian). Cheating? Hardly. What's to stop them all being on the beach at the same time? ;)
Natalie: No doubt in my mind at all. Kellan Kyle. He's my ultimate book boyfriend so he'd lay quite happily by my side, help put on my sun cream and relax under thebeach parisol with me. Sigh...
6. To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick?
Natalie: Hmmm sidekick...got to be Ron Weasley. Although the poor guy would have to be under a parasol because of his sensitive skin - I know people with red hair are sun-sensitive - and I'm not one to bake in the sun, so I'd join him. We can chill under there, talk about magic, Harry, people watch, and stuff our faces. Sorted.
Lexie: Kenji (Shatter Me). No questions asked. I'd never stop laughing and he'd always be there to put me in my place if I got a little too wrapped up in myself.
7. Share the summertime happiness! Who do you TAG?
SUMMERTIME MADNESS BOOK TAG
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