Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Reading List [Diverse book Edition]♥

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Feminist Reflections is a feature I created to share my personal thoughts and to provoke a discussion.

What consists of your summer reading list?
Summer has officially started! I like the summer because college is out, although, the heat and the weather just exhausts me. I prefer nighttime and mornings better, less sunshine. My summer reading list mainly complies of books I have been wanting to read for sometime now. I won't be including review copies unless I'm quite eager to read them as well. Review copies are mostly obligations for me, they're usually not what I want to read at the moment(I'll still read them over the summer regardless) Although they're are some review copies in my list. I have about 118 books I own that I have not read, that's enough to last me the rest of the year so I'm hoping to read atleast 40 books this summer, although I have about 60 books added to my list. It's incase I DNF a book so I have other optons. This is my personal list so here are the top twenty books on my list below.




  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella is a unique, contemporary novel is about fourteen year old Audrey who has an anxiety disorder. She meets Linus, and boom boom do I sense a romance? I think Sophie Kinsella is a fantastic author, and she's one of my favorites. I loved her book I've Got Your Number, and her new release mainly has good reviews from my fellow bloggers. This was a gift, and I wanted to read it because Kelly from Diva Booknerd seems to love it a lot!
  • Split Second by Kasie West has been on my radar after I fell in love with the author's previous books, once again she's one of my favorite authors although, I didn't like her first book On The Fence. All of her other books are fantastic though. This is a paranormal series and a continuation and sequel to Pivot Point. The heroine Addie who has a gift, she can see two sides of the same story. Have you ever wondered WHAT IF you picked this choice? She can see both choices and which ends badly and good. She has psychic abilities almost, she can see the future, but she can only see her future. It's very different! Beautiful covers as well. This was a gift.
  • Kalahari by Jessica Khoury is a series, but they're mainly companion novels, told from different people in the story. I haven't read her previous work before, but I'm really excited to read this. Adventure and survival on an isolated desert, jungle, or an island is my most favorite concept in a book, and this book has it. Five teens are stranded in the Kalahari and it's upto Sarah, the daughter of a zoologist to guide them. It also has a romance as well. I hear the book is fast paced so that's a great thing, so excited to dive into this book! This is a personal purchase.
  • Paperweight by Meg Haston is a realistic novel about eating disorders. Stevie is in an eating disorder treatment center, and she plans to escape. If Stevie gets her way, she will commit suicide afterwards. It sounds heart breaking, but I do want to read this one. The cover is simple yet beautiful, and I love the title as well. This was a review copy.
  • Scarlet by A.C Gaughen has been on my TBR for sometime now, this is one book that everyone seems to love. It's a retelling of Robin Hood.. but over here Robin Hood is a girl who is pretending to be a boy. I sense the Mulan concept here, but I do want to know where the author takes their own retelling. The cover is beautiful though, and I love the texture of the book itself - it's very soft and the flowers actually glow in the light. This was gifted from my sister, and I wanted to read it based on Mel's review from The Daily Prophecy!
  • The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna is quite the underrated novel I hear, it's about a girl name Eva who was created to take over someone's life after they have passed away. She is chosen to take over Amara's life after she has passed away. It's a pretty original concept. This was a personal purchase, I bought it because the girls at Book Belles seem to loved it!
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, okay now I love almost every single book published by this author. She writes mainly adult books. She takes unique concepts and makes them so amazing. I love how different and realistic her books are, this is about Sage who befriends an old man, he asks Sage to kill him because he feels he deserves to die. Previously, he was a Nazi SS Guard. Now Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.. The cover fascinates me as well.
  • The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher sounds really intriguing - I find her Mud Vein to be the most unique New Adult book I have ever read, I'm also fond of her collab. series Never Never. This is about Olivia whose ex boyfriend has lost his memory, so she decides to take that opportunity to her advantage to get him back.. It sounds super twisted, and I like twisted.


  • Pretty Girl 13 by Liza Coley is a powerful psychological thriller about a girl who has lost her memory of the past three years. She has been missing those years, and one day she shows up at her family's doorsteps. I read a spoiler for this by accident, but I still want to read this novel though. It sounds amazing and really underrated.
  • Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly is about arrange marriages in the mafia, books about mafia romance are one of my guilty pleasures! This is a personal purchase. 
  • Dragonfly by Julia Golding is another novel about arrange marriages, I like reading books about arrange marriages mainly because of the culture I'm from. Princess Taoshira is ordered to marry Prince Ramil and of course they hate each other. The cover is gorgeous though. This is a review copy.
  • Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott is one novel I recently started reading - it does remind me of The Hunger Games but hey, THG isn't original either. Battle Royale anyone? I do like it so far, but the heroine is pretty damn annoying at some parts. It's about a group of people, all age ranges in a competition for a cure for the deadly illness of their loved ones. The cure found can cure any deadly disease. The cure concept is different though. This is a review copy.
  • Sugar by Deirdre Riordian Hall is a story about an obese Puerto-rican and Polish girl who has many insecurities.. until she meets Even. I really like the sound of this, but I hope the guy doesn't make her realize how beautiful she actually is, and she actually finds her inner beauty herself. This is a review copy.
  • Devoted by Jennifer Matheiu is a story about religion and faith. Rachel Walker is devoted to God, but now she is looking for answers on why her family has turned away from the outside world. She can't find answers in neither her church or her homeschool education. The cover is amazing and this is a personal purchase.
  • Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin - I first heard about this novel when I was working as a bookseller and everyone seemed to purchase this book. I don't even need to mention the premise because I'm sure everyone has heard of this amazing sounding book. This was gifted.
  • Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen is the sequel to Stolen Songbird, it's about trolls and witches. I really loved the first book where the heroine Cecile is kidnapped and forced to marry the Troll King Tristan in order to break the curse the witch Anushka has placed on them. Soo excited, although I'm not liking that cover.. Personal purchase.
  • Flight From Death by Yasmine Galenorn is a paranormal romance series, the first in the books. How gorgeous is that cover though. I find badass heroines in leather much more appealing than just pretty dresses on the cover. TOG anyone? Although, Lara Croft from Tomb Raider has started this trend. The heroine is a shimmer, a blue dragon shifter and she has been exiled from her kind and she is sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe who is a a vampire and a bounty hunter. This was a review copy and I was later gifted this.
  • Damsel Distressed is a fairytale retelling.. except from the stepsister's perspective. I feel this is more accurate of what Cinderella should have been. The stepsister is usually who suffers the most because the biological daughter is horrible to her. It's very different! This was gifted.
  • Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin - I own this for one year now and I still haven't read it, it sounds amazing but the book itself is huge! I love the movie cover though. It's about a common man who goes into a mansion to steal.. and later discovers the daughter is still in the house. I sense a romance about to boom, soo cute - this was was a personal purchase.
  • Splintered by A.G Howard is the fairytale retelling of Alice in Wonderland - the covers are all so pretty though, and I know I'm behind on popular books, but hey I'm updated on new releases! This is a personal purchase.
Have you guys read any of these books yet? Any other recommendations? 


Thank you for reading this! Have an amazing month of June - Leave your blog links in the comments & I'll be sure to check them out & drop by :) Stay in tuned pretty creatures..

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38 comments:

  1. You have some great ones on there! good luck with it, I really hope you are able to get them all read.

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  2. I enjoyed Fire & Flood and I am quite curious about The Lost Girl. Split Second is high on my wishlist, I really enjoyed Pivot Point.

    A great reading list! Sharon – Obsession with Books

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    1. Fire & Blood was really good though, I liked it as well :) Pivot Point was amazing as well.

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  3. I haven't read any of these, but I just realized that I've actually had Dragonfly on my TBR for a really long time now, so I need to get to that. I'm also really interested in Scarlet, Paperweight, and Kalahari! If you like books with arranged marriages, perhaps you could try City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster; it's not really a prevalent theme in the book, but it's definitely an aspect of their culture. Happy Reading!

    Precious @ Clockwork Desires

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    1. I have heard of City of a Thousand Dolls, although I haven't read it for myself. Thank you for the recommendation ♥

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  4. You've got quite a lot of good books here! I know that you will probably have a very fun reading time this summer, and I hope you do. My summer holiday doesn't start until July 14th so my summer list goes up later. But I am going to be reading Angelfall per your recommendation and also Made You Up, which souns promising. I am most eager to know what you'll think of Paperweight and Finding Aubrey from this list.

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    1. I look forward to seeing your summer reading list as well :) I'm really excited to read Paperwight and Finding Audrey. ♥

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  5. I actually haven't read any of these! But Scarlet is on my summer TBR as well, if I can just find a copy somewhere. Great list, happy reading!

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  6. I haven't read any of these books, but Split Second sounds awesome! I enjoy Kasie West's contemporary books, so I probably will read it too. Happy reading!

    Tiffany The Bookish Thought

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    1. I hope you enjoy it as well, thank you ♥

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  7. I haven't read any of these but have a bunch on my TBR. I totally agree with you that Tarryn Fisher has such a unique voice and take in her books. I still need to read the rest of her books and Marrow is next on my list. Enjoy all your books!

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    1. I'm glad you could agree, Tarryn Fisher is truly a unique voice ♥

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  8. LOVE some of your choices. I like that Kasie West paranormal duology better than her contemporaries. I really enjoyed the Scarlet series. And Lost Girl was fantastic -- beautiful writing, great protagonist. Hope you enjoy all of these!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. I hope I love them as much as you have, thank you ♥

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  9. I real Pivot Point and Split Second and really enjoyed them! I heard Kalahari was really good! I have The Opportunist on my TBR too :) I think the book cover for Dragonfly is beautiful and stories about arranged marriages fascinate me too. Looking forward to your thoughts on this one. If you like it, I'm adding it to my TBR :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. Thank you for dropping by Lindy, and I hope I do enjoy Dragonfly :)

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  10. Finding Audrey and more of Sophie Kinsella's books are all on my list too! I'm really interested in Scarlet too. Nice picks :)

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

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    1. Aaah, yes finally someone who hasn't read Scarlet yet. Thank you Rachel ♥

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  11. It is boiling over here too (which is really unusual) so ugh, hate it since I'm not used to it. I've been reading more books that I want to read too, (one was including a review book, so score, haha) but just been wanting something fun quick and contemporary Don't get your hopes up on the paranormal side of Pivot point apart from what you already know because there's not too much to that, so more contemporary (but still fun and cute!)
    Been wanting to read The Lost Girl for a while now, but a friend recently read it and loved it, so I'm going to have to get to it sometime soon. :) I am so bad at rec's because I have a load I want to talk about and then forget them all, haha.

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    1. Haha no worries, thank you for dropping by Kristy ♥ I like Kasie West's contemporary books better, although her paranormal series is amazing though. I hope you enjoy The Lost Girl :)

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  12. I started this summer reading some books I really wanted to read, although I am still reading review copies as well. I am not good at planning what to read ahead, I did that last summer and only read half of my list, so this year I am just reading whatever I am in the mood for. You have some good sounding books on your summer to-read list, I hope you manage to read them all this summer! I am not a fan of too warm weather either and much prefer spring and autumn, although I don't mind summer as long as it doesn't get too warm.

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  13. I LOOOOVED Devoted! I also really liked Fire & Flood- it's so FUN, and it is very action-packed too. I just finished Paperweight, which was decent. I really want to read Sugar and Damsel Distressed too! Hope you enjoy these :)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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  14. Oooh if you pick up Splintered or Scarlet we should buddy read, Benish! So many wonderful books here. I read Split Second but it wasn't as good as Pivot Point, I missed the alternate realities. The Opportunist has been on my TBR forever, so let me know your thoughts when you pick it up! Lovely mix of books in your summer reading list, Benish.

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  15. I really liked Pivot Point so I ma so excited for Split Second. It's been on my pile forever.

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  16. There are so many books here that I still haven't read! I really would like to know what you think of The Opportunist. Did this book come out BEFORE Mud Vein? I bought it on Amazon before but returned it the day after because I couldn't get into it. Hopefully you fare better than I did. I also read Pretty Girl 13 around 2013, but I don't remember what happened to that one anymore O_O Hopefully you like it much better than I did, too! HAha.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  17. Oooooooh, A Game of Thrones. I managed to get, like, 200 pages in and then never pick it up again. Hopefully that will change, because I own the next two books in the series too! Don't want that money to go to waste. Finding Audrey is for sure on my list, too, I think I'm just hesitant to read about a 14 year old.

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  18. Be prepared for a lot of drama and angst (oh my heart!) in The Opportunist, I don't usually like drama, but I loved this series! SUPER addictive! You're lucky all three books are out in the series, because you can read them one right after the other. I read Pivot Point and really enjoyed it but never got around to reading the sequel. Thanks for the reminder. I have Finding Audrey on reserve (audio copy) at the library. There are like 4 people ahead of me, so I'll be waiting for a while. Hopefully we both love it. Great lists here!

    I'm with you about the summer and the heat, it wears me out. Today it's 99 degrees here! I'm thankful for our pool and air conditioning! Happy summer reading! :)

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  19. I’ve read PRETTY GIRL-13 and SPLINTERED, and both are amazing books! Really need to get my hands on GoT because the TV show is amazing <3 SCARLET and PAPERWEIGHT are both on my TBR this summer too :) Happy reading!!

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  20. I've only read Splintered, which I really liked. I also have a copy of Paperweight, and I'm excited to read it as well!

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  21. My daughter loved the Splintered series. I want to read Scarlett

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  22. My daughter loved the Splintered series. I want to read Scarlett

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  23. My daughter loved the Splintered series. I want to read Scarlett

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  24. I really want to read Damsel Distressed and Split Second myself. I loved Scarlet and Splintered. But I haven't heard of the rest. Now I have to take a trip to goodreads to see more about these books.

    Dreams @ Once Upon A Dream Books

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