What I’ve Been Reading This Summer.

Summer vacation is half over and my reading life has been pretty spectacular. I’ve been leaning into my favorite easy reading genres and knocking out titles left and right. Granted, most of these were graphic novels that I knocked out in two sittings. But a summer spent reading happily is basically #lifegoals.

Here are the books I read this summer. I’m linking up with Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy for her monthly Quick Lit link up.

  1. Mr. Darcy Forever by Victoria Connelly | Finished 6/6 | I finished this one in spite of myself to find out what happened. I didn’t really enjoy how the book jumps from past tense to present tense though I understand why the author chose to do so. I found some of the characters absurd and spent a lot of time wondering if the main characters might actually be idiots not to see through the Wickham type that tears them apart. Of course it all works out in the end and the Jane Austen references were fun, but I’m disappointed in this one.
  2. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier | Finished 6/7 | This was a little sad, a little magical and a very sweet. I read it in two sittings. My 9 year old really enjoyed it, too.
  3. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde | Finished 6/11 | I’ve never been to a convention, so this was a fun peek inside what that might be like. It also had two fun romances, fandom for days, and really fully realized characters with quirks and flaws to overcome and embrace. I really appreciated seeing inside the head of s character with Asperger’s and social anxiety. I thought that was really well done.
  4. Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson | Finished 6/15 | This was really sweet. I liked how you got to see the story from different perspectives, like how our attitudes can change our outlook on life. The illustrations are great, the story was easy to relate to and the ending was very uplifting.
  5. Positively Izzy by Terri Libenson | Finished 6/18 | Another great graphic novel by Terri Libenson. Invisible Emmie had a surprise twist ending so I figured this one would, too, but I have to be honest, I didn’t see it coming until the last second. I love her characters and the story was sweet.
  6. Smile by Raina Telgemeier | Finished 6/25 | This was really good. It’s the author’s true story of getting braces – and also going through puberty, dealing with first crushes, frenemies, learning to like herself and not focus on appearances so much. I love a good coming of age story. I read this graphic novel in two sittings and would definitely recommend it to tween girls.
  7. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona (Illustrator), Jacob Wyatt (Illustrator) | Finished 6/25 | This was such a cool super hero story. For anyone who has ever wished to be someone else or have the super cool super powers that they read about in comics or see on tv – this explores what it would be like if that actually happened. The main character deals with normal teenage stuff, family trouble, culturual clashes of being a Muslim in America – and then also has to deal with super powers that she doesn’t know how to control! Very cool.
  8. The Fire Within by Chris d’Lacey | Finished 6/26 | I read this out loud to my 9 year old and in all fairness she loved it. I personally found the pacing to be way too slow and I’m still confused as to why this book was marked as being about dragons when 75% of the story was about a squirrel. It almost felt like two entirely different stories that were forced together.
  9. All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson| Finished 6/27 | This was so cute! I loved the premise. Imogene is starting middle school after being homeschooled by her parents who work at a Renaissance faire. She must battle bullies, strict teachers, trying to fit in, owning up to mistakes, finding real friends – you know, normal middle school stuff. I loved the contrast of life at the faire to life in middle school. This one actually made me cry a couple times! *I would caution that this one might not be appropriate for younger readers as Imogene is a fairly typical young teen dealing with puberty on the horizon. Nothing inappropriate happens but parents might want to flip through the book before handing it to younger kids.*
  10. Drama by Raina Telgemeier | Finished 7/2 | I liked this one but not quite as much as her other books. It was very realistic in portraying the complications of crushes growing up, but maybe too realistic. There were a lot of moving parts and it was hard to know what to root for or where things were ultimately going.
  11. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier | Finished 7/3 | Another great graphic memoir by Raina Telgemeier. This is a story about a road trip she took with her mom and siblings when she was fourteen and her tumultuous relationship with her sister growing up.
  12. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins | Finished 7/9 | I love this series. I think Anna and the French Kiss was still my favorite but I really liked this one. Perkins is good at making me stay up late reading. I appreciated the realness of the characters, the genuine struggles they dealt with, imperfect decision making. Lola was sometimes a little over the top and dense but she definitely won me over in the end.

Right now I’m flitting between a few books. When Dimple Met Rishi and Roller Girl are currently at the top of the heap.

What are you reading right now?

2 responses to “What I’ve Been Reading This Summer.”

  1. tbretc Avatar

    I love when you get in the zone and can knock out a ton of titles! I’ve never read a graphic novel before but definitely want to.


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      The young adult / middle reader ones are a nice way to introduce yourself to graphic novels. I also really like classic novels adapted as graphic novels.