5 Great Books to Read Right Now

New awesome books to read. These YA titles sound super good.

I’ve read a lot of great books lately. Like so good you should drop that meh book that you’re reading and pick up one of these. I think I’ve just been lucky or something but these last string have been winners. If you tend to have similar tastes in books as me you could probably just point at any of these pick it up and be happy. Yup I liked them all THAT much.

All of these books sound so good. Great YA titled perfect for teens and adults

You can read the official description of each of these stories by clicking on the cover picture or title of each book below. If you aren’t already joining along with my weekly Reading Roll Call on Instagram I hope you’ll start! Every week I share what I’m currently reading and listening to and have people comment with what books they are reading too. It’s a fun way to connect with other book nerds and get more ideas of books to read!

trial by fireTrial of Fire

Alternate realities. Cute boys. Royalty. Political corruption. Awesome characters. Super interesting and unique story. Historical tie ins (Salem witch trials). Kids with powers. Dimension travel.

I adored this book. ADORED IT!!!! You should go find it and read it. It was so so so good. If you like fantasy in a powers and magic kind of sense with some good characters you’ll love this. Very different than Girl of Fire and Thorns but I think fans of those books would like these.

An Ember in the Ember in the AshesAshes

Fighting. Trials. Great friendships. Honest struggles with identity and destiny. Violence (but not gratuitous). Good and Evil.

This book was so unique I really enjoyed it. But be warned it’s a violent one and lots of people die. Lots. But this is coming from someone who is a wimp when it comes to violence and gore. I trust my sister who tells me I could not handle Game of Thorns and after trying a few episodes of Breaking Bad I deemed it not for me. An Ember in the Ashes while violent is still definitely YA appropriate. It reminded me in great ways of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter while being uniquely something different. Go read it…now.

emmy & oliverEmmy & Oliver

Reunion. Overprotective parents. Hiding who you really are. Friendships. Honest conversations. Kids who have to deal with hard stuff. Summer and beaches. Cute romance.

I really liked this book about childhood friends who were separated when one was abducted by his own father. They were best friends and after not seeing each other since early elementary school Oliver has been found and is back. Back with his mom and two new little half sisters and step dad that he’s never met. And obviously all the baggage from being kidnapped. But Oliver wasn’t the only one affected by the kidnapping. It’s serious set up but such a cute story. While moments are intense I still think it’s a perfect lighter Summer read. If you like Kasie West’s books (they are ALL good) you should check this out.

the heirThe Heir

Royalty. Political unrest. Castle life. Lots of very boys with very different personalities. Twists. Personal growth self reflection.

This is book 4 in the Selection series. It centers around the daughter of the characters in the last books. So a new generation of royalty trying to find a mate. But Crown Princess Eadlyn is kind of a spoiled brat. She’s entitled and elitist and a bit self centered. Even still I found myself totally rooting for her. I did not expect to like this series as much as I did. While I don’t think you need to read the first 3 books for this one to make sense, they are good and fun so if you’re even interested in this one start with The Selection. And if you’re already a fan of The Selection you are sure to enjoy this!

extraordinary means book review. this sounds really goodExtraordinary Means

Sick kids quarantined but it’s more like camp than boarding school. Health monitors. Fun friendships. Smart characters. Misfits. Totally diverse casts that doesn’t feel like it’s trying too hard. Unique story.

Think Looking for Alaska‘s feel of the camp setting and sassy fun friends meets The Fault in Our Stars kids with serious illness (but this time they are contagious) and you’ve got an inkling of this book. It was fun. It was smart. It was just want I wanted to read in the Summer. But be warned it takes place that’s part hospital and part boarding school where the kids are sent because they are very sick. There is death and hard topics but it’s in general a lighter fun book.

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Top 10 Books to Take to the Pool

Great list of books to take to the pool Perfect for Summer reading.

So last week I shared my ah-mazing Pool Bag tutorial (used the bag today and I seriously loooooove it). So today I thought I’d share something related to the most important thing that goes into that bag…your reading material. Okay sunscreen, water and snacks rank up there too but there’s just something about the pool and a good book am I right?

I will refrain from adding any duplicates from last Summer’s 7 Books to Read this Summer list, although it’s kinda killing me to keep some off but if you guys promise to go over and peruse that list too I’ll have to live with that ;) So here without any more delay are 10 great books to take to the pool with you.

To read more about each just click on the title or book cover and you can check out the synopses.

aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe book reviewAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Two boys who meet at the pool (that’s right the pool) which an amazing friendship. Cute and honest coming of age book with lots of Summer-y moments and good stuff to think about.

across a star swept-sea by diana peterfreud great ya bookAcross a Star-Swept Sea – Umm a Sea is pretty much like a very big pool. But there’s water action in this book. And technically it’s a series or a companion book or what have you but you can totally read it without or before For the Darkness Shows the Stars. But FTDSTS is so good I just say read ’em both. But really Across a Sea Swept Sky SO good, lots fun socialite party action as well as rebel political kick butt girls changing the world. LOOVED this one.

Defy by Sarah B. Larson book reviewDefy – No overt pool or water that I remember in this one but it’s good. It’s a fun action read. Full of palace life, a girl guard, magic, and fantasy it’s one of my new favorite series. So good and when you’re done and wishing it wasn’t over you’ll be so happy to read Ignite :)

the jewel by amy ewing book reviewThe Jewel – In the mood for a good solid dystopian tale? Don’t worry it’s got everything you like about dystopian but with it’s own spin that makes it new and fresh and fun. Here’s a themes to spark your interest, surrogates, cute boys, a fashionable mentor, a secret rebellion.

the jewel by amy ewing book reviewMeant to Be – To me the pool is an escape and what’s even better than a pool escape? A real escape, like to another country. This is a super cute school trip to England book complete with romance and travel juice.

this is what happy looks like book reviewThis is What Happy Looks Like – It takes place in a beach town which is totally pool-ish but better! Plus the boy is so cute and lovable. The story is fun and easy to read. This is to me the epitome of a perfect Summer book. Trust me you want to read this.

atlantia book reviewAtlantia – It’s a whole land under the sea. Lots of water = very poolish if I do say so. This is a fun easy read and it’s not a part of a series for those of you wimps who are afraid of being sucked into another series and can’t just wait for the next books to come out ;). But really I enjoyed this a lot. Self identity and development, all kinds of relationships, and cute boys. A good pool book should have cute boys.

heist society book reviewHeist Society – Want some pure reading candy? I present to you Heist Society. It’s adorable. A boarding school for spy girls in training. Some of which who’s parents just think it’s a high end prep school. They are fun, easy fluff but through out the series I found myself more and more attached to the characters. And yes I’m quite a fan of the boy in this one too ;)

burn for burn book reviewBurn For Burn – Another beach town book but there’s more going on here than simple relationships. You get the story of three girls who are all out for revenge. It reads like an easy contemporary novel (i.e. chick lit in a good way) but with something below the surface making it super good. I read this book on vacation in just a few days and it was a fun read.

transparent by natalie whipple book reviewTransparent – I think Fiona and her crew are great for any time but there’s something nice and light about this book and it’s sequel that I think is perfect for the pool. Also this friends group is so awesome you’ll be happy to escape to their world where everyone has powers and it’s just as normal as wearing flip flops.

What do you think good ones? I would love to hear what some of your favorite poolside reads are too share them in the comments!

Top 10 Books to Take to the Pool. Great Summer reading list.

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