Over the summer holidays i always do much more reading than throughout the rest of the year, this summer was no exception. I love to read, its such an amazing way to escape reality and focus more on what the characters are going through rather than whatever is going on in real life.
So this summer so far, i have read:
- ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ by Ransom Riggs
- ‘Hollow City’ by Ransom Riggs
- ‘Library of Souls’ by Ransom Riggs
These books make up a trilogy about fairy tales and magic, but it also has a lot of dark and mysterious twists which makes it a really gripping series. I would really recommend everyone gives these books a go as i feel as though most people would enjoy them, they are very relatable and nostalgic books in a very strange way. I got through all three books in a matter of days and enjoyed them all.
- ‘Playlist for the Dead’ Michelle Falkoff
This is a book about a boy who loses his friend to suicide, and how he is able to piece together what lead his friend to commit suicide. I feel as though the author approaches the suicide the right way and treats it sensitively but is also realistic about the effects it had on the people involved.
- ‘This Is Where It Ends’ by Marieke Nijkamp
In this book a school shooting is played out from the perspective of four different people. Its a very real scenario and the way it is written makes it feel as though you are also there. I liked the book because each perspective allows you to see things through the eyes of people in very different positions and in very different situations, and also gives a lot of insight into how different people react to terrible situations.
- ‘Paperweight’ by Meg Haston
This book is about a girl who struggles with an eating disorder that is sent to a recovery center. I found it very interesting to see the way the characters changed and developed throughout and the way their attitudes changed. The story is also about negative relationships and moving forward, which i found very interesting to, its also quite a hopeful book which is nice.
- ‘Falling into Place’ by Amy Zhang
Is a book about a suicide attempt made to look like an accident. I think the author did a very realistic job in portraying the feelings of a person suffering with depression, the way loss affect others and just the general chaos of being a teenager. It also makes you think about your own actions and the way every little thing you do affects so many people, directly and indirectly.
- ‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon
This book is about a girl who is allergic to the world meeting a boy, it has a very cute romantic element and the relationship is very sweet and endearing. The characters are all very likable and i found that, even though I’ve never been in that situation, i could really grasp what they were feeling and why they acted the way they did.
- ‘You Know Me Well’ by David Levithian & Nina LaCour
I really enjoyed this book, its about friendship and letting go of old relationships. I think the author has been very realistic about teenage romance and relationships, and includes unrequited love and love at first sight.
I know a lot of these book are about slightly sadder topics or topics surrounding mental health, but i find these books incredibly interesting as i like to see they way different people portray mental health issues. I also think these kinds of books are really amazing for removing the stigma and taboo around mental health, which is incredibly important to me.
Please let me know if you have read or plan to read any of these books, and what you think of them!
Thank you for reading!
The small quiet one X