It’s almost officially fall, which means it’s time for my summer favorites post! I haven’t been great about keeping up with these this year (I totally forgot about spring – whoops), but it is something I do enjoy. I am a huge mood reader, and my moods tend to be influenced by the weather. So it’s no surprise that half of this list is fantasy, because that is definitely something I gravitate towards in the summer.
Click the links below to see my monthly wrap up for each of the months included in this favorites post. Any reviews I’ve done for these books are also linked.
In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire. This is the fourth book in the Wayward Children series, and it’s definitely one of my favorites. I just really loved the world this one is set in. The characters are great, the story is great. It’s just a brilliant book. I honestly don’t remember the last time I’ve stayed excited over a series past book four, but I definitely want more.
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. One of the things I almost always love in fiction is a heavy helping of mythology. So I was excited for this one because it delves into Mayan mythology, which I knew absolutely nothing about. Plus, the cover is amazing. And so is the book. It reminded me A LOT of Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver, and I loved it.
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. I have been putting off reading this for YEARS. And only partly because Christina Henry’s Lost Boy made me hate Peter. But I loved this so much. It’s a brilliant classic and so funny. If you’ve never read it, just know that pretty much every time Tinkerbell speaks, she’s calling someone (mostly Peter) a “silly ass”.
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie. I’ve been getting really into biographies, and realized the vast majority of the ones I’ve read are of men. And, while those are great, I wanted to read more biographies of female historical figures and picked up this one on a whim. I’m so glad I did, because it was amazing! Catherine was such a badass, and I absolutely love her. I could not stop listening to this audiobook. And then I couldn’t stop talking about it.
Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright. I needed something interesting after finishing Catherine the Great and went with this one. In contrast to the subject matter, this book was so much fun! I actually laughed out loud several times. Yes, a book about plagues made me laugh. Mostly because of Jennifer Wright’s humor (I actually have another book by her that I am very much looking forward to reading now), but also because people were kind of dumb. I mean, I’m sure putting frogs on your boils and making them explode saved so many lives.
That’s it for my summer favorites! I am currently in the middle of a few books I think might just end up on my fall favorites list, so I’m pretty excited to get into fall reading. Also because I can wear a sweater and drink tea (or a pumpkin spice latte) while I do it.
What was your favorite book of the summer?