Five for Friday – Alternative Summer Reads

Every-time I see a list or a book sale that is called “Summer Reads” I know that it will pretty much be romantic, easy reading, mum books that I have no interest in at all. If these so called “summer reads” aren’t your cup of tea either take a look at my alternative books to read over summer.

For each genre I have picked 1x book that I have read and recommend to you and 1x book that I haven’t read but I plan to do so over summer.

1. The Classic
I have chosen two classic novels set in dystopian futures.

Book I have read:
1984 by George Orwell
The mother of all dystopian future novels. If you haven’t read this be ashamed of yourself! Such a fantastic book and so ahead of it’s time. Read it please!

Planned Summer Read:
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
If you have read 1984 why not try Brave New World. Set far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone longing to break free. 

2. The Adventure/Fantasy
I have chosen two novels staring children that isn’t your typical adventure story. 

Book I have read:
The Bear and the Nightingale by Kathryn Arden
I absolutely love this book, if you want an adventure story that’s a bit different this is the perfect choice, plus its a trilogy so you can really get stuck into it. Follow Vasilisa and her magical and whimsical journey to save her small village. A beautiful and exciting story of Russian fairytales a stunning adventure fantasy book.


Planned Summer Read:
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I can’t wait to get stuck into this YA novel, it sounds like another great fantasy/adventure book. Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

3. The Memoir
I have chosen two memoirs told by inspiring and strong women who write about their struggles at a particular point in their lives.

Book I have read:
The Wild Truth by Carine McCandles
If you haven’t heard of Chris McCandles then you may want to read Into The Wild before this book. Carine McCandle’s was Chris’s sister and this is her account of why Chris really left home, sold all his possessions and lived life in The Wild. Her story isn’t just about her brother, it’s about the hardships she has been through throughout her life, there are many but she stays strong and keeps going and doing the right thing. A really inspiring and interesting read.

Planned Summer Read:
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
I know Malala is a very inspiration and amazing young lady. I have wanted to read her story for a really long time so have added this to my summer reading list. She stood up for her rights to an education and because of this was shot in the head. A brave young lady!

4. The Quirky
I have chosen two quirky novels that star grumpy, angry, misunderstood old men.

Book I have read:
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
Such a delightful, heartwarming, sweet and funny read. Ove is a grumpy man set in his ways and if you try to meddle with how things should be he is not a happy man. When new neighbours arrive things get shaken up and at first Ove gets riled up but then he slowly but surely starts accepting changes.

Planned Summer Read:
Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A lot like Ove’s life, A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died; his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history; and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, though large in weight—an unexpected arrival that gives A.J. the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew.

5. The Laugh Out Loud
I have chosen two biographies told by two hilarious comedians who are also inspiring, driven and passionate women. 

Book I have read:
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey reveals all in her autobiography from her start up days as a comedian on Saturday Night Live, to the weird and wonderful things about being a mother and her fun collage days. This is one of the only books in my life that has made me laugh out loud so much. Tina is hilarious and this book will be a great comedy summer read.

Planned Summer Read:
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
This has been on my list to read for ages, I love Amy her shows and her films so it makes sense to read her book. I find her hilarious and inspiring, her book is full of personal, refreshing and humours essays.

I hope this Five for Friday has given you some ideas for alternative summer reads. Is there anything I have missed out that you will be reading this summer? (No mum books please) As always thanks for reading. Katie x

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