Summerathon was a whole bunch of fun, and it got me reading more than I had for the rest of the month. All these books I just flew through and I loved them! And I managed to complete all of the challenges, so very successful! Let’s get into the books I read and what challenges they fulfilled, and also my thoughts on them.
1: Read a ‘beachy’ read
2: Read a book with sunrise colours on the cover
3: Read a book featuring a road trip/travelling or summer holiday
4: Read a book set in summer
5: Read a book with food on the cover
6: Drink your favourite summery drink while reading
Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch
Challenges: 1. Read a ‘beachy’ read, 3. a book ft. travelling, 4. set in Summer, 5. food on the cover
Pages: 352 (paperback)
This was a great summery, ‘beachy’ read. I loved re-exploring Italy, it felt like I was back on holiday there! And all the gelato testing really had me wanting to go back! It was a very fun, cute romance but I found it really unnerving and unrealistic when all this happened in the space of a week. The relationship developed so quickly, it was literally insta-love (which became ‘real love’ after a week?) I thought it was strange that you’d invite a girl to your house and introduce them to your mother on the same day you met! Howard was by far my favourite character, and I felt really sad for him because of the twist, he was such a sweetheart and just wanted the best. If there was less ‘who’s you daddy?’ plot then I would’ve rated it higher possibly. Nonetheless I still enjoyed my time.
With The Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo
Challenges: 2. sunrise colours on cover, 5. food on the cover
Pages: 400 (hardcover)
I don’t think I’ve ever read a 400-page book so quickly in my life, before I knew it I was already halfway! I loved the story and the growth the main character had. It showed the struggle between wanting the spend time and support her daughter, and also wanting to follow her dream to become a chef. The author’s writing is so easy to read and flows so beautifully. The romance was so sweet and it showed how the main character tried to hold back because of how it might affect her daughter. And I loved the relationship with the grandmother. I would’ve liked a bit more exploration on what it’s like being a young, single mother, and it did annoy me when she kept calling her daughter ‘Babygirl’, so much so that I got confused when they used her real name because I had to think back to who it was! But apart from that I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend.
If I’m Being Honest – Emily Wibberley andAustin Siegemund-Broka
Challenges: 1. a ‘beachy’ read, 2. sunrise colours on the cover, 6. drink your fave summery drink whilst reading
Pages: 362 (hardcover)
This was the perfect romance for me, everything about it I loved! Amazing Shakespeare and nerdy references! It was like Mean Girls, but if Regina decided to befriend the Art Freaks. I knew who the love interest was, but it was such a slow-burn and a ‘hate-to-love’. The chemistry between them was gorgeous, and seeing the guy come out of his shell and the main character seeing who he really is was adorable. The dynamics of the main character were so incredibly well done, I saw her struggling between what she thought was right and what was right for her. Her family was interesting and really showed how the main characters personality was the way it was. She was using brutal honesty as a way of hiding her emotions and being ‘tough-skinned’ and ‘successful’ like her dad. The friendship development was so beautiful as well. I loved how it tackled the issues with social cliques and how we are actually more similar than we are different, but because we stay in the ‘clique’ we find comfortable, we never know who we may find.
5 STARS!! (ALL THE STARS)
Now that I’ve read some summery reads, it’s finally feeling like summer in the UK! All of a sudden the weather did a 180 and it’s now sunny and hot, it’s like a miracle!
So did any of you also participate in the Summerathon? If so, what did you read? Have you also read any of these? If so, what did you think? I’d love to know!
THANKS FOR READING!!