When I think of summer, I think of piles of books, heavier than my clothes, in a suitcase on its way to a peaceful location (or in my arms on the way to my bed). I think of reading every day, and not just 10 minutes. Reading in the sun, reading in my bed, reading on the beach and of course, reading while the rain is pouring down and a small candle enlightens the place (too much?). Whether I go on holiday or not, summer means reading tons of good books.

But when you pick a book, you never quite know what to expect. Will it be a waste of your precious time or will it change your life? I can totally imagine that this knowledge of not knowing isn’t the best feeling in the world.

If you do want to pick only the best books to read in the summer, you’ve come to the right spot! Below, I listed 5 books that I find amazing and that deserve to be read by as many people as possible. As a reminder for me & an inspiration for you.

What to read in the summer: 5 books

(or any time, actually:)

Book to read: The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

If you’ve read A Thousand Splendid Suns before, you can sort of know what’s coming. This book about Afghanistan in the 1970’s is one that will stick with you for a very long time and it will definitely move you. About a war, a kite and friendship.

If you’re looking for a novel that is in line with the reality, this book is for you. It teaches you more about what’s going on around us and shows us the consequences. Besides the story being incredible, the way Hosseini captures moments & feelings will captivate you.

Book to read: We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

You have probably heard about this book once, twice, if not a thousand times. When I started reading this book, I had nothing but high expectations and man, how did Lockhart live up to those. We Were Liars is a mysterious book about a friendship & a family that is nothing but broken, even if it seems perfect. A book that takes you to every edge and will leave you with your mouth open.

Looking for a book about family, friendship and mystery that takes some unexpected turns? We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is probably the only book you’ll want to read then.

Book to read: Elsewhere – Gabrielle Zevin

What happens when you die? I bet it’s a question many of us think about once in a while. Liz did too. Until she actually found out. And what she found was nowhere near what she had in mind. But that mystery is not what this book is about. As Liz dies at the age of 16, she goes to a world where everything is in reverse. Huh?

This wonderful book about redemption, love and relationships deserves to be known about more than it is now. Definitely a recommendation to your to-read list!

Book to read: The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

This piece of art is something you just have to read. Especially if you’re fair-skinned. Now, don’t get me wrong: this book is miraculous and Thomas’ way of writing is truly amazing. But the lessons we can learn from this book about racism have greatly impacted me, if not many others. The sixteen year old Starr gets hit in the face by reality when her unarmed best friend Khalil dies at a party and Starr is faced with serious decisions about her and many other’s future.

Besides the storyline being exceptional, Angie Thomas has put her message throughout The Hate U Give in a way that will (probably) change your life and her writing is also not all too hard to follow but still amazing.

To read the full review on The Hate U Give: read here!

Book to read: Matilda – Roald Dahl

I can almost hear you laughing through this screen now. ‘How can Matilda be an actual book for people over 14 year old,’ is a thought that probably has entered your brain now. Well, I’ll explain. When I was looking through my bookcase, I spotted Matilda. I took it in my hands and decided that it should be on this list. Not because we all want to be younger sometimes, but because this book is a timeless piece of art that has had impact on so many people. The 5-year old Matilda who just wants to read and go to school is a role model and this inspiring and hilarious at the same time. We all have learned our own lessons through reading this book and Roald Dahl is still one of the best writers out there.

If you’re looking for a book that will make you feel alive again, that will make you believe in miracles and a book that will empower you, Matilda is the only book doing justice to all of that.

As you’ve come to the end of my list, I hope sincerely that you have gotten some inspiration and that your summer is going to be good, whether spend at home or somewhere else.

Do you have a book to add to this list? I would love to read it, so let me know!

Have a good summer & don’t be afraid to be your true self this summer. Because nothing is as good as summer & you following your heart.

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