8 September 2014

Recent Reads: Summer 2014

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick // Educating Rita by Willy Russell // Girls Meets Boy by Ali Smith // Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro // Amy by Mary Hooper // Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell // The Summer I Turned Pretty // It's Not Summer Without You // We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han (the summer trilogy) 

Summer was a great reading season for me, especially July. I read 5 books in the first 3 days of July, read a few more over the rest of the month, then fell into a little bit of a reading slump in August. Luckily, I got to read some of my favourite summer books before the slump, and ventured into a style that I've never really explored before by reading Educating Rita, an amazing play.

For me, summer is all about re-reading old favourites. The 5 books at the bottom of the pile are all re-reads and I loved them all just as much as I did the first time I read them. I've said this before but I read the summer trilogy by Jenny Han every single July and have done for a few years now. They're not amazingly written or anything but they're lighthearted fluff and in summer, I love fluff. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a blogosphere favourite and that was the second time I've read it. The first time around, I loved it a lot. This time, it made me quite angry... It's strange because, although it made me want to punch a wall, I still loved it. I just grew so attached to the characters. I have a real love/hate relationship with Eleanor & Park. :'D Amy by Mary Hooper was one of my favourite books when I was 10 so it's always nice to read it again. 

As well as the re-reads, I read 4 new books during the summer. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro was my London read; I read it in the car on the way to and from London and a little bit when I was actually in London (I said London way too many times). Never Let Me Go is a gorgeous, unique book and I'd highly recommend it. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith was a recommendation from my sister and, although I did enjoy it, it didn't really live up to my expectations. I thought it was pretty average but it might be to other people's tastes; my sister absolutely loves it. Educating Rita by Willy Russell is the first play I've read in my own time so I was quite apprehensive but I ended up adoring it. It's hilarious and so original. Whether you like plays or not, you should give Educating Rita a go. :'D The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick was my Pitlochry read and I seriously loved it. I laughed a lot and cried a lot... It actually turned out to be even better than I was expecting which is always nice. :3 

What did you read this summer?
Lots of love, Cat


  1. For me, this summer reading wise was quite different, because this has been the year I've discovered my natural reading pace - overall I read 21 books, my favourite probably being either Landline or Isla and the Happily ever After.
    Never Let Me Go was a book I'd been dying to read this summer but when I tried to it just really wasn't for me. However I agree with you on the feeling you get reading Eleanor & Park, I rated it 5 stars but it's one of those books where it makes you feel so angry that I couldn't give it any lower. Glad you enjoyed these books xx

    1. 21 books!? Wow, that's impressive. :'D
      Isla and the Happily Ever After is a gorgeous book - I absolutely loved it. ♥ xx

  2. Great post! One Day would have to be one of my favourite books I read this summer and I enjoyed Goose (by Dawn O Porter.)
    Currently I'm reading Since You've Been Gone and it's really good so far & then I'm planning to read The Help after ^.^
    With school back on there is so little time to read though!!

    niamh / niamhsdream.blogspot.co.uk

    1. I haven't actually read any of those but I'll keep them in mind. :D
      I know! I'm really struggling to find time to read now that I'm back at school. xx

  3. I like how you read the summer trilogy every year. They're such lovely books to get you in that summer feeling.
    I'm really looking forward to reading Never let me go, hopefully very soon. Over the summer I only read three books; The girl who kicked the hornet's nest, Will Grayson, Will Grayson and The 5th Wave. Have you read any of them? ^_^

    1. They really do! It's not summer for me without those books. :'D
      I've read Will Grayson, Will Grayson a few times and I absolutely love it! xx

  4. Wow! I like the continuity of reading at least one book the same time every year, but a trilogy?? It's amazing how books can get you in the right frame of mind or mood for summer! Usually I reread the host on holiday, often more than once, but I casually out it down and forgot where this year! Wonderful blog!!xx

    1. I think I'm quite weird with my reading habits...! :'D Thank you ♥ xx


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