August Recommendations

Saturday, 26 July 2014
Since it's summer, I usually prefer contemporaries and/or cutesy love stories over other genres/books. They make great beach books as well. I'll also be throwing in a few other genres/types of books as well in case that's not your thing. Hopefully my reviews for these books will be up soon. Without further ado, I present to you all my August Reads!

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

About: For those of you who have never heard of this book, it is about two teenagers who, even though are very different, try to make their love work. 

For fans of: For those of you who enjoy John Green's novels, I highly recommend this one for you. 

What's it good for: This one's good if you're looking for a cute love story that's also a bit more deep. Great contemporary novel for the beach or vacation as well.

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

About: In case you don't know what this is about, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

For fans of: If you enjoy coming-of-age stories.

What's it good for: This one is deep and a bit sad, so I'd recommend it during a lazy day. It's also only 213 pages, which is great for those of you wanting shorter books.

3. The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass

About: 35 girls compete for the handsome Prince Maxon. Need I say more?

For fans of: The Bachelor, swoon-worthy boys, pretty dresses, and dystopians.

What's it good for: An easy read perfect for the beach or any point in which you have a long period of time to read because this series is addicting.

4. The Giver by Lois Lowry 

About: Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.

For fans of: Dystopians, The Hunger Games, books with movie adaptations coming soon (August 15), and male protagonists. 

What's it good for: If you're planning on watching the movie but you're like me and can't watch the movie without reading the book first.

5. The Pledge Trilogy by Kimberly Derting

About: This one is less well-known (even though it deserves more attention). In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. How awesome is this book?

For fans of: Fantasy, dystopians, The Princess Diaries, and hot fictional boys.

What's it good for: This series was fast-paced and is good for just about any situation.

I hope that you spotted one or more books/series that you want to read this August. Reviews for these books coming soon.

- Hearts And Crowns

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