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Summer has officially begun, and it definitely feels like it’s going to be a scorching hot season this year. I’ve already been struck down with heat exhaustion twice within the past month. Since my corner of the world will be boiling until the months of September or October arrive, I usually spend my time indoors reading as much as I can, and as such, I wanted to share with you books that I have read that I feel are perfect for this time of year!
Now, when I think Summer reads, I don’t particularly think of books that involve beaches, swimming, or other familiar aesthetics common for the season. Instead, my mind immediately goes to books that I feel offer great insight, comfort or adventure, whether they take place in sun-bathed settings or winter-worn environments. So, today I would like to share books such as these with you!
5. Daughter of the Pirate King Duology by Tricia Levenseller
A young adult, high fantasy series, Daughter of the Pirate King revolves around a young girl on her adventurous quest towards becoming the next great pirate queen while juggling a dysfunctional family life, a grand mystery surrounding the identity of her mother, confronting past trauma, and the harsh reality of her father’s ambition. It is a marvellously action-packed, fast-paced, and suspenseful narrative full of diverse characters, strong females in leadership positions, a slow-burn romance, and tons of amazing fantasy and pirate-infused elements. It’s a series that I devoured with great excitement and one that I feel will compliment the season wonderfully, especially if you have a fun, tropical beverage to go along with the reading!
4. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa
An adult, #OwnVoices Japanese Fiction novel, The Housekeeper and the Professor is about a platonic relationship shared between a housekeeper, a mentally ill mathematician and professor that she works for, and her young son who adores baseball. It’s a powerfully moving story about family, friendship, and the desperation that comes with holding on to the people and things that make the biggest differences in your life. While the story is bittersweet, it always leaves me feeling inspired and appreciative of everything that is good in my life, particularly in regard to my support network. It also makes me cherish the little gestures that make me feel more fulfilled and content with my existence. The reason I feel it’s a superb book for Summer is because Summer is a time of taking chances and having fun, as well as relaxing and helping yourself prepare for the next hurdles that life will bring your way. A big part of that is being grateful for what you do have first.
3. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
This middle-grade urban fantasy novel revolves around a kid who lives with his mother who means everything to him. They struggle a lot in life and at the beginning of the summer, Percy finally begins to understand why: he’s a demigod. In an effort to come to grips with this new part of his identity, he finds himself at a summer camp for kids just like him called Camp Half-Blood, and the people he meets as well as the things he discovers about his more holier traits blows his mind unlike anything else. This series takes place during the relative season, is jam-packed with motifs on friendship, family, integrity, and learning to accept yourself in the midst of being completely different than the norm. It’s always inspiring. Plus, there’s action, fantastically accessible Greek mythos laced fantasy, kooky characters, and one of the best mothers in literature. How can you possibly say no?
2. The Abyss Surrounds Us Duology by Emily Skrutskie
A Queer, young adult science-fiction series, The Abyss Surrounds Us revolves around an Asian girl named Cassie Leung. She’s worked her whole life to become a trainer, but then she gets kidnapped by pirates, along with one the creatures that she’s tasked with protecting and training, and her entire life as she knows it gets turned upside down. This is one of the best science-fiction duologies that I have read. It has tons of non-stop action, diverse characters, a flawed and complicated Queer romance between two women, brilliant science and bioengineering, breath-taking sea creatures, and tons of themes pertaining to self-exploration, self-acceptance, coming-of-age, and facing your biggest fears, amongst others. The oceanic atmosphere and setting also makes it perfect for Summer reading as it fits the ambiance rather well.
1. Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura
Yes, my number one summer reading book (series) is a manga! This shōjo, romance comedy, slice-of-life manga revolves around a girl named Kyoko Mogami who after being terribly betrayed and completely humiliated by the man she loves, vows to get her revenge! Since he is a thriving new musician, she decides she’s going to become an actress and surpass him in fame and fortune. This is one hilarious fucking serial. If you are looking for a genuinely pleasant and entertaining summer read, then look no further than Skip Beat!. On top of being funny, it has very strong themes on learning to love and accept yourself, to overcome your insecurities, how to build deep and meaningful bonds with other people, a sensationally slow-burn romance, the conflicts and internal strife that stems from being abandoned by your only parental figure, heartbreak, and much, much more. Skip Beat! is so multi-faceted and can be enjoyed by readers of all sorts!
Those are my top five reading picks for the Summer season! Each one of these books, in addition to being charming and very engaging, has taught me important lessons on life that have helped me grow as a friend, a partner, and overall as an individual and person. I strongly believe that these are the best gifts that a book can give you! What are some of your favourite Summer books?
Thank you for taking the time to visit me today! Until next time, happy reading and happy otakuing! 💙
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