Best Summer Reads for All Tastes

So, here's the thing. I don't know if any of you know where I live, but things are pretty bad here right now. I'm talking closed-banks, don't-know-if-we'll-have-food-on-the-table bad.
So what do I do? Read. Escape. Also, write blog posts.
And pray.

By the way, if you have a moment to pray for me and my country, I would be very grateful -we need all the prayers we can get. 
Anyway, in the meanwhile, here are some EXTREMELY AWESOME summer books!
Even thinking of them puts me in a good mood, and I'm thinking that talking (writing) about them will definitely do the trick and distract me from all the horror of what is going on here...

Let's start:

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

This young adult contemporary (or a bit vintage, to be honest) coming of age needs no introduction. It still remains one of my favorite novels of all time, and I can't wait to reread it this summer. It's the sweetest a story about two teens who are outsiders in their own lives, but end up finding a home in each other -only is it enough?
I can't get enough of their heart-warming, and yet poignant love story, that's for sure.

 Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

And now for a ya paranormal series, sparkling with elements of romance, action and infinite hotness. The series follows three brothers, but the books can be read separately, being more of companions to each other. This one, Spark is a sizzling read about a boy who can control fire and the smart nerdy girl who rescues him from the secrets that threaten to destroy him.
In one word, wow.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

And speaking of wows.... WOW.
This book ruined absolutely everything for me by its awesomeness -I couldn't pick up another after finishing this, and my life seemed so dull compared with Iolanthe and the Prince's school days... It is a young adult paranormal, taking place in a school for boys, where a sixteen-year-old girl, Iolanthe has to disguise herself as a boy in order to prevent a pack of mages from ruining the universe. She has the help of Prince Titus, who is, of course, sworn to protect her.
And I say of course, because they end up falling in delicious, forbidden love.
I've preordered the next one and can't wait to delve back into this world. Best book ever.

One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

Moving over to the new adult shelf, this book tugged at my heartstrings so bad... It's the story of a good girl -too good, too perfect, so much so that everyone around her is beginning to think there might be something wrong with her.
But is there?
Enter gorgeous, arrowgan, Princeton fellow-student Ashton, who makes it his mission to turn her life upside down. I was completely drawn into their story, could't put the book down.
It made me smile, and tear up and cheer on.
Perfect summer read.

Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad

This is an incredibly sweet and clean summer read, taking place in 1895 Iowa, that swept me off my feet with its action, romance and historical detail.
 I adored all the sailing and swimming scenes, as well as the mouthwatering main character, Roger Gordon, who was a little bit broken and a little bit too hot -just enough for Margueritte Westing, the heroine to persuade him to give her secret sailing lessons, and then to fall madly in love with him.
It's Christian fiction, too, and although it wasn't excessively preachy, it still was uplifting and encouraging enough that I consider it one of the best reads in the genre.

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

This is a bit of a more serious read, but I include it in here because I consider it one of the GREATEST books ever written, as well as the best book I read this year so far (with the possible exception of The Burning Sky -see above) .
It's the story of two lost girls, living in a trailer in the woods, and a man who says he's their father when he finds them after a lot of searching. They are at the point of starvation, but the eldest, a teen, can't trust him.
How they slowly begin to live, love, and laugh again, is the most incredible story, written in an elegant, poetic style, still quite raw and honest.
If you like books where life rises from the ashes, wounds are healed by love and kindness triumphs over evil, then this is the book for you.

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

So this is the first book I ever read by Jenny Colgan (I have since collected everything by her, I would even read her receipts, if I could) and I fell instantly in love with this story of new beginnings, spunk and English summer.
Reaching rock bottom, Polly moves to the sea and takes a run-down home that hosts seagulls and sand among other things, and starts baking bread.
That's all. And so much more...
Just do yourself a favor, if you haven't already, and read it.
It will change you. I promise.

His Wicked Kiss by Gaelen Foley

There was no way that this list couldn't contain at least one Regency romance, and this is one of the most delicious sea-faring historicals I have found -and believe me, I've looked.
It's got pirates, and jungles, and a marriage of convenience.
It doesn't get much better than that, does it? And it's Regency, as I said, although not the ballroom and tea-parlor kind, there's action and ruggedness and hot kisses.
I reread it every now and then, and if you are any fan of historical romance novels, hopefully you'll love it as well.

Have you read any of the books above?
What do you plan to take to the pool with you? I'd love it if you'd leave a comment below,
and tell me.
Here is a little peek of what I was planning on taking with me on vacation
before the pandemonium exploded... Still, I'll just read them on my bed, no biggie -I'm lucky to still have a home and a bed, after all ;)

Thanks for reading, talk to you soon...

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