6 Books I Want to Read This Summer

6 books on my summer reading list and 4 tips to help get out of a reading slump

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This summer has been a looong one for all of us. I mean, I was supposed to finish school at the end of April and have a 4 month summer (which is very long in itself) but because of COVID-19, summer will be almost 6 months! You think with all that time, I would have read dozens of books by now. It has been 3 1/2 months at this point, yet, how many books have I read? 9!

I have not finished a book since the beginning of May, but I am over halfway through Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron. I am happy to report that I will definitely finish this YA fantasy and I am hoping it will encourage me to get back into the swing of reading since the annual Reading Rush is coming up and I want to participate in that (I will be sharing my TBR on Instagram so follow me @zoeiswriting).

And since I have been doing so many writing and creative entrepreneur-related blog posts, I realized it is time to talk about books! Even if I am not reading a lot right now.

Here are 6 books I want to read this summer.

1. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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I am in the mood for some good ol’ fantasy, so when I was at the bookstore, I decided to pick up The Demon King. I know this is a spinoff (?) series in the world that another one of her series takes place in but you can read this series without reading those other books. However, I realized I own The Warrior King (the first book in that other series)! Maybe I will give that a read after The Demon King because for whatever reason, The Demon King is calling out to me. Do I know what it is about? Nope! But nonetheless, I am excited to dive into it sometime this summer. Let me know if you have read this book, or any of her others books in this world, and what you thought about them.

2. Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Vengeful: Schwab, V. E.: 9780765387523: Books - Amazon.ca

One of my goals this summer is to find Vicious, the first book in this series, and buy it because that is one GOOD book. I also want to pick up the long awaited sequel, Vengeful because I know it will be just as good, if not better. When I think about Vicious, I get chills. It is one of those books that even none readers will love so if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.

In the first book, we follow Victor and Eli who are college roommates and both intelligent and ambitious characters. In their final year, they become fascinated with near-death experiences and supernatural events after experiencing some odd things in their own lives, and realize they have the power to give each other extraordinary abilities. But no one human should wield this type of power, and it is no surprise when things go extremely wrong. The book then jumps 10 years into the future and we follow the fight between Eli, who wants to be the only superhuman in the world, and Victor. Who will survive and whose ability will become their undoing?

3. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn: The Final Empire: Sanderson, Brandon: 8601419297900 ...

To be honest, I cannot even tell you how long this book has been on my shelf. I know it is time to finally read it, not only because I have heard nothing but good things about it, and also because I need to get around to reading a Brandon Sanderson book. One reason I have put off reading this book is because I own the mass market paperback edition (it was super cheap, okay!). However, I have glasses for a reason! It is time to buckle up and dive into this long book. Once again, I have no idea what it is about, but I am very excited for some classic high fantasy.

4. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: 9781524798642 ...

I know, I know. I’ve read this book two times already THIS year, but it is just so good. Also, I had no idea it was becoming a TV show! It already has a cast too and I am in love with it. Ever since I found out this exciting news, I have been itching to re-read it. I would have done it sooner, but I leant it to be boyfriend a few months ago and couldn’t get it back until I went and visited him 3 weeks ago. But now I have it back and it has been very tempting to re-read.

Daisy Jones and the Six is written in interview format and follows the rise and fall of a fictional band from the 70s (it is based off of Fleetwood Mac). If you are a music fan, especially a fan of rock from the 70s/80s, I highly recommend this book.

5. A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden

A Touch of Death (The Outlands Pentalogy #1) by Rebecca Crunden

This is a book I’ve spoken about in the past because I was given it for review about a month ago. Since I’ve been in a reading slump, I haven’t gotten around to it yet unfortunately, but I want to get to it sometime this summer. This is a dystopian YA novel and takes place a thousand years in the future where humanity lives behind the walls of a totalitarian Kingdom. This is a genre I haven’t read in a while. I hope I love this book and it gets me back into re-reading some of my dystopian favourites since there hasn’t been too much dystopian releasing lately!

6. The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell

The Devil's Thief (The Last Magician, #2) by Lisa Maxwell

Back in April I read the first book, The Last Magician and I loved it, so I am looking forward to finally reading the sequel, The Devil’s Thief. This series takes place in New York during the 1920s, which means the atmosphere is amazing. There is magic and morally grey characters and deception…some of my favourite things to read about. My local library is opening back up in August which is very exciting and I hope that they have this book for me to borrow!


Before I can dive into this books, however, I have to break out of my horrible reading slump. It is like I am rising out of it slowly, because I feel that desire to read deep down…but I am getting distracted by other things too easily.

Here are some things I am doing to get myself out of this reading slump:

  • Make time to read a little every day (15-30 pages)
  • Abandon books I don’t want to read and only reading what I want to
  • Not pressure myself to read
  • Do other things I enjoy like writing, working out, and listening to music

Those are all the books I want to read during these last 2 months of summer and before the school year begins in full swing. Let me know in the comments below what books you want to get read in July and August, because I would love to know!

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Books I Want to Read

There are a lot of books that I want to read that I don’t own so here are some of them! Comment down below some books you want to read!

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a bit of an older book but the movie is fantastic and I have seen it so many times that I want to pick up the book! I have heard it is a really good so that is a plus and I am hoping to read this within the next month or two.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is a romance book that has a lot of hype around it at the moment because the movie is coming out next month. Every person I know who has read this cried and for some reason that intrigues me. That and the fact it looks like a great book.

Legend by Marie Lu is a series that I really, really want to start because everyone has read it but me! I am pretty sure this is a dystopian trilogy and I just really want to read this and love it as much as I know I will.

The Crown by Kiera Cass is the final book in the Selection series which I adore because it is so cute, well most of the time…and easy to read. I am really sad to see the series end despite the fact I thought it ended after the One. I don’t enjoy reading in Eadyln’s (spelling?) as much as America but I still enjoy the series.

Those are some of the books, definitely not all, that I want to read soon and I hope you liked it!

Books I Want to Read!

I was thinking earlier about all the books I haven’t had a chance to pick up yet but really would like to read so I decided to share them in a blog post!

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson is a book that I have heard a lot of great things about. Another reason I want to read it is because the movie is coming out sometime soon and Emma Watson, I am pretty sure, is starring in it so it will be amazing!

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhode is a very hyped up book at the moment and I really want to buy it sometime soon! The only thing I am hesitant about is that it is high fantasy and I do love fantasy but sometimes it is hard for me to get into high fantasy…

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series and I need to know what happens in this book but sadly I am broke…#lifeofareader. In my opinion, I think the first book was the best and I don’t know why I love it so much when everyone else loves Heir of Fire. I guess I’m different…I’m divergent and you can’t control me.

Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner (sorry if that names is spelt wrong…) I have really wanted to read this book after seeing it was advertised on booktube because it is about Greek mythology and I loooove Greek mythology so much.

Opposition by Jennifer L Armentrout is the fifth and final book in the Lux series which I have recently read and loved. I have been searching for the last book but every single time I go to the book store or the library the book seems to be gone! But luckily, I will be getting the eBook on my tablet this week for when I go travelling so this should be off the list soon.

Comment below some book recommendations because I would love to check them out!