25 June 2014

Summertime Reading: TBR

Paradise End - Elizabeth Laird // We'll Always Have Summer, It's Not Summer Without You & The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han // The Set-Up - Sophie McKenzie // Five on a Treasure Island - Enid Blyton // Quiet - Susan Cain // The Catcher in the Rye - J.D Salinger // Amy & Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson // White Teeth - Zadie Smith

One of my favourite things about the Summer holidays is having time to read and when I say read, I mean read. It seems to be a bit of a tradition that I read a load of my favourite books over the Summer and it's even more of a tradition that I read the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han. In all honesty, I can't imagine Summer without the Jenny Han trilogy and I can't imagine reading those three books at any other time. They're my all-time favourite Summer books. This Summer, I plan on re-reading quite a few of my favourite books from when I was younger, as well as a couple that I've been meaning to read for a while and I seriously can't wait to get started. ^_^  

I don't doubt for a second that I won't stick to this TBR pile but I'm hopefully going to get the majority of them read over the next couple of months. On top of these books, I'm going to be reading quite a lot of classics because I need to have a plan for my AH English dissertation for when I go back to school. I wanted to include them in the photos but, in all honesty, I haven't got a clue what I'll be reading for dissertation prep. :'D I have a feeling that this Summer is going to be a busy one for reading...

Maybe I'm alone on this but, for me, Summer is all about re-reading old favourites. This year, I'm thinking about reading Paradise End by Elizabeth Laird and The Set-Up by Sophie McKenzie which are two of my favourite books from when I was about 10. I've read Paradise End 4 or 5 times over the years but I still love it just as much as I did the first time I picked it up. Another re-read is Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson which I read for the first time two years ago. It was such a brilliant and absolutely hilarious book so I'm looking forward to reading it again. ^_^ Then, of course, there is Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton. Need I say more?

I'm reading two books at the moment: Quiet by Susan Cain and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. I talked about Quiet in 'Currently I'm...#6' and since then I haven't actually made any progress because I decided to start The Catcher in the Rye, so my opinion is the same as in that post. The Catcher in the Rye seems to be a quite a controversial book with some people loving it and some people really hating it...so far, I'm actually enjoying it so I have a feeling I'll be one of the people who loves it by the end. We'll see. :D As for White Teeth by Zadie Smith, it's been on my TBR for quite some time so I'm hoping to finally read it over the Summer.

What's on your Summer TBR pile? Do you have any all-time favourite Summer books?
Lots of love, Cat


  1. Really interesting to see what you plan on reading! I'm like you in the sense that I get LOADS of reading done over the summer, but unlike you I don't plan on re-reading anything. The plan is to read as many books off my TBR pile as possible. Actually having said all this, I've just decided to re-read at least 1 Harry Potter book again.
    Apparently The Catcher in the Rye is like a classic version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower - hope you enjoy it! xx

    1. Summer is the perfect time to get through your TBR pile, haha! ^_^ I'm really enjoying The Catcher In The Rye so far - it does remind me of Perks a little bit. xx

  2. Looks like a nice mix of books ... Enid Blighton!! I accidentally started re-reading Malory Towers quite recently ... sorry-not-sorry!! A bit of summer YA is always nice ... I am about to start Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and frankly I couldn't be more excited. I need to read Gatsby and Macbeth for Higher English ... apart from that, books I'm particularly excited for are Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (because I LOVE Code Name Verity), Persuasion by Jane Austen and, FINALLY, A Game of Thrones! I've been waiting to read it for so long, the excitement is mounting seriously now!

    Great post, Cat :) x

    1. I love Enid Blyton - I was a massive fan when I was little. ^_^ Sounds like you'll have an awesome Summer reading-wise! xx


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