Books I’ve read this Summer

I started university a year ago today. It was one of the hardest days of my life so far but it has lead to some of the best things in life so far.

Because I study English, for the past year I have had to read soooo much but have not got to pick a single book. So, this summer, after having a reading detox (and writing – I can’t even remember how to write), I got back into reading some nice books! (I probably should have been working through my second year reading list tbh…)


In case anyone is looking for any recommendations, here is a list of books I’ve read this summer:

My friend from uni recommended this book to me. If you haven’t read it, it is an absolute must-read. It just makes you view people and the world in a completely different light! And it’s funny and tear-jerking at the same time. Winner Winner.

I have wanted to buy this book for soooo long but at £16.99, it was a bit steep (especially as there were very few pictures, gutted). But then, I found it on sale in Urban Outfitters so I couldn’t resist! It is a book about friendship, all of the different kinds of friends you make and how to keep in touch with them in a world of Instagram where you don’t need to call someone to find out what they’re doing.

Despite the few pictures and cheap-ish feeling paper (for the price), it is still a  beautiful coffee table book AND such great writing too! Everything I read I was nodding along with so I’d definitely recommend!!


This was the first book I have read by Anita Shreve. My mum has always said I should read them but I just never did – I was clearly more drawn to the aesthetic coffee table books! But, I do not regret reading this one. It’s about a sex scandal that takes place in a New England Boarding school and the aftermath of the events.

I couldn’t put it down; which was a good thing as if you don’t read it non-stop, the constant changing of narrator can get confusing. But once you’ve got into it, it’s so hard to put down!

I saw an Instagram story recommendation of this book from Lily James. The cover, again, looked pretty and, as I’m shallow, I went entirely on that… But, the blurb made me buy it. It says it is set in the South of France and contains explicit passages that had been edited from the first UK publication. I was sold. It turns out there was nothing very explicit but I guess an 18 year old female author even hinting at sex would be explicit for a 1920s audience. I don’t think they edited anything out of the French publication though, just the British… *eye roll emoji*


Next on my list: This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay – I’m sure I’ll let you know if I like it. I’ve heard a lot of good recommendations.

Although, I am going to have to look at that second year reading list…

Amy xxx

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