Hello there, Savvy Readers! Kaiti was skeptical in May, but I think we can officially say that summer has finally set in! And while I’m sure there are many exciting things starting up for many people, the season leads me to one scenario: reading, kicking back, and relaxing with a coffee (or wine, whatever) outside while enjoying the heat! And since we’re almost halfway through this year’s 50 Book Pledge, we thought we’d check out some new releases to add to our To Read shelf.
This month we’ve got some great reads, from bestselling authors like David Walliams to debut (but award-winning) novelists like Chelsea Bolan, from children’s literature to stunning adult reads. So check it out! And make sure you let us know what you’re reading on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments below! We love hearing from you!
The World’s Worst Children is by one of my favorite Middle Grade authors, David Walliams! This book is so beautiful that it makes me happy just holding it in my hands, but what is inside is even better. This is a collection of hilarious short stories about 10 “ghastly” children, featuring characters like Dribbling Drew, Grubby Gertrude, and my particular favorite: Windy Mindy. It might just be the funniest David William’s book yet and if you’ve read anything from him before, you know that is saying a lot! Technically this is a children’s book, but adults will want to read it over and over. This will be my favorite forever.
My two favourite genres are horror and fantasy. This Savage Song is the perfect mixture of the two. It’s a fast paced nail biter and I can’t wait to see how August copes with the torment of his inner monster instincts!
I’m super-excited to be reading Sing by Vivi Greene this month. It follows a famous teen singer as she recovers from her latest breakup by spending her summer in the middle-of-nowhere…and accidentally falls for a boy who’s sweet, charming, and unlike anyone else in her life. So far, Sing reminds me of some of my favourite contemporary YA authors: Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, Katie Cotugno, Kasie West, Morgan Matson….basically this book is my jam.
I’m reading Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship with my daughter because 1. We consider ourselves “artist friends” and 2. She already loved the characters from Kelly Light’s first book, Louise Loves Art. In the new book, Andie is Louise and Art’s new neighbour. Both Louise and Andie are artists but when they don’t see eye to eye on one of their creations, their friendship is in jeopardy. This is a lovely story of learning how to work together and the illustrations are lots of fun!
Ever since this book was recommended to me by a coworker, I’ve been talking about it non-stop. With the release of the paperback version, I have another excuse to gush! This book (which comes out on June 7th, btw) is by far one of the best YA fiction books I’ve read in a long while. The book follows the story of Simon as he explores his own homosexuality, the sometimes murky waters of friendship, and the exhilarating blossom of first love. I love all the characters; they are down to earth and three dimensional, each with their own conflicts to resolve. The writing is hilarious and genuine. If I could forget reading it and read it again for the first time, I would. Over and over and over again.
This month, along with First Look readers, I am reading The Good Sister by Chelsea Bolan. It’s about two sisters growing up in a small tourist town in Mexico. One sister is good, the other has been kicked out of her family home for reasons that I don’t know yet… I am loving the writing style, and the way Chelsea has transported me to the beaches and markets and margarita-filled bars of Mexico. She’s also amazing at creating complicated and rich characters that you can’t help but root for on one page, and completely root against on the next. Plus, check out the beautiful cover. I can’t wait to share this book with all of you later this June – it’s SO good, and the perfect summer read.
Rich and Pretty tells the story of two best friends, Sarah and Lauren. For twenty years, they’ve been as close as sisters. But now their lives seem to be pulling them in different directions, and they find themselves growing further and further apart. It’s touching and sweet, and way too relatable for anyone who has ever grown apart from a friend. I’m only halfway through, and I can’t wait to see how this one ends!
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