Summer Reading List 2022

For the month of July and August, I really wanted to try to focus on a Summer reading theme. The total amount of books I plan on reading this month is 11 books, which I may or may not succeed at, but, I truly do want to start blogging more about my book goals.

The titles I plan on reading is as follows:

  • The Summer Cottage by: Viola Shipman ✅
  • The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by: Ann Brashares ✅
  • Girls in Pants the Third Summer of the Sisterhood by: Ann Brashares
  • Summer Hours by: Amy Mason Doan
  • The Stepsisters by: Susan Mallery
  • The Book of Summer by: Michelle Gable
  • Summer at the Garden Café by: Felicity Hayes-McCoy
  • A Week at the Shore by: Barbara Delinsky
  • Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe by: Sarah Mlynowski

Depending on how successful I am with my July & August reading goals, I may even be able to do a Summer reading wrap-up, where I discuss about which books I enjoyed more than others.

Comment below with what your favourite Summer must reads are and what your July reading list looks like. I love getting book recommendations.

~*ATBW*~

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants ~Sisterhood #1~ (Book Review)

Synopsis: Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them.

But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them.

Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye.

And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.

Review: Another book I have had kicking around for quite some time now, I originally read this book last Summer and finally decided it was about time I gave my review before I completely forget about it. I have watched the movie a long time ago, and have full intentions of re-watching it, so I can do a comparison of both the book and the novel together.

Four Best Friends that have never been a part during the Summer came across a pair of old worn out jeans and have decided that even though this Summer was going to be the Summer they spend away from each other, they will mail it out to each other (NEVER TO WASH THEM) and will wear them during the most important or scary parts of their Summer. The pants brought them good luck or even helped to keep them feel secure, kind of as if the friends were still together. What made these pants feel like magic was the fact that they fit all four of them, even though their body types were completely different.

Carmen ends up heading South to go visit her Father, which she eventually finds out that her dad is due to be Married to another Woman, and she also finds out that he has future step-daughters.

Lena and her sister go to Greece to visit and bond with their Grandparents. Lena also learns that not every guy is shallow and that just maybe someone is genuinely interested in her.

Bridget goes to Mexico for a Soccer camp and ends up falling for her coach, a forbidden love for a young girl like herself.

Tibby is the only one of the four girls that is stuck staying at home working her day job, when she meets a younger girl and becomes friends with her despite of the age difference.

I honestly did love this book, and I think it is a series I may want to introduce to my soon-to-be-daughter when she becomes of age to read young adult books.

The author for this book is Ann Brashares and she has written a total of 5 books for this series, which I own most, I cannot wait to get my hands on the last book or two. I will definitely also write reviews for the other books as I read them.

Overall book rating: *****

*~ATBW~*

The Great Book Debate

All these years I have been so fixated on physical copy books, I just loved everything about them. The smell of a new book, feeling the pages, being able to use my favourite themed book marks for it, seeing the books on the shelves and just physically browsing the libraries or book stores for a new story to read.

I was also completely against the idea of e-books, with my day job I am constantly looking at a computer screen, and even with my obsession over social media and trying to run my Direct Sale businesses, not to mention watching TV or playing video games and texting people… I honestly have far too much screen time for my liking, and if I had to depend on an electronic device to read a novel, I just felt like it was a bad idea for my already sore, dry eyes and just doesn’t look as appealing as a physical book. However, I also do understand the concept of them, e-books are cheaper and is probably a minimalists best friend.

Audio books, I have honestly never considered before. I have tried getting into podcasts, and I either find the person talking incredibly boring, or I just couldn’t get into it. If I had to listen to something, I’d rather it be music. I also would’ve hated if they made me feel anything like a podcast did.

Look at me now though, now have one physical book I’ve been reading whenever I have time to step away from electronics and can enjoy it with a cup of tea, an audio book I’ve been listening to occasionally while I am working and an e-book I read when I’m out and about OR when I am laying in bed. I overall still do preference physical books out of the other two options, I do want to increase my bookshelf with more books (as much as I also do need to declutter what I already have as well). Being able to allow myself to enjoy the beauty of all three reading styles has increased the amount of reading I can get done in a single week, and I guess that is one thing I am happy about for sure.

Which one is your preference in reading? Physical books? E-books? OR Audio Books? I would also love to hear the reason why you love that specific reading preference.

~*ATBW*~

Just as Long as We’re Together (Book Review)

Synopsis: Rachel is Stephanie’s best friend. Since second grade, they’ve shared secrets, good and bad. Now in seventh grade, Alison moves into the neighborhood. Stephanie hopes all three of them can be best friends, because Stephanie really likes Alison. But it looks as if it’s going to be a case of two’s company and three’s a crowd. Can the girls’ friendship be saved?

Review:
I have had this book kicking around in a box and book shelf for such a long time, happens to be one of the books I took from my mom or my sister and have never read it till a week or two ago. This was also the first book I picked up and read in less than a month…as I’ve been experiencing a reading slump for the past few years now.

This is I believe my second Judy Blume book, and I can honestly say she is probably one of my favourite writers, I do need to get my hands on some of her other books. The writing style and just how smooth the story goes makes it such an easy read. I do wish I read this book when I was younger, as that probably would’ve prepared me for friend drama.

This book has pretty much everything… puberty and experiencing body changes, learning if it is possible to have more than one best friend, family drama/issues, weight gain from poor choices when being stressed and crushes.

Rachel is a brilliant girl, she moved up to an older class for Math because of how Smart she is. Alison is worried about her parents not loving her anymore when she finds out her mom is pregnant with a baby of her own. And Stephanie deals with family issues when she discovers that her Father’s job away from home is not only about his job.

The ending of the book made me feel like it came up out of the blue, there was lots of space to at least tell us more about how their friendship ended up after they forgave each other. But nevertheless I’m glad Rachel and Stephanie fixed their friendship. There is definitely space for an opportunity to create another book in the future with the same characters.

The cover is perfect to the story, helps to sum up the characters personality and how much fun they did have whenever they were together. It also gives that vintage feeling in comparison to a lot of new covers these days. This book will definitely be a book I set aside for my future child.

Overall book review: *****

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