Last week, my summer vacation came to an end when I had to return to school. While I read many various different books throughout the summer, there were a couple that stood out to me as favorites. Here are my top 5 choices:
I loved the interesting world Livia Blackburne created in Midnight Thief. I found all the politics that Kyra (the main character) has to deal with as she navigates the strange relationships between the city council, an assassin's group, and the Demon Riders to be intriguing and fascinating.
As an avid tumblr user and participant in fandom communities, this book is hilariously accurate and paints a positive picture of how investing in a book series or a TV show can help a person stay grounded through emotional strife. Fangirl strikes a perfect balance between being emotionally thematic and yet enjoyable to read and funny.
The vivid setting, along with the commentary on the psychological and social aftereffects of the Great War, make all of the Maisie Dobbs novels fantastic. Pardonable Lies, though, stood out as it dealt with familial strife and how one finds closure in a very poignant way.
I've always loved time travel stories (cough Doctor Who cough), but I also enjoyed the secret society and shifting allegiances. I thought that the way in which familial issues were dealt with and portrayed in Ruby Red was done well, too.
The historical setting was lovely, and the the drama, romance, and suspense were all very well executed in The Morning Gift. I loved how Ruth dealt with the awkward and sometime dangerous situations she was in, and how the book painted an interesting picture of what life was like for different people in pre-WWII Europe.
So, what have you been reading this summer? ~ Carolyn