Top 5 Summer Reads

So I have enjoyed doing Top 5’s and Top 10’s but I haven’t been really enjoying the topics. But I came across Bionic Bookworm and I really liked the topics.

So here are my Top 5 Summer Reads

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

the hating game

So I ready this thinking that I wouldn’t really enjoy it but wanted to give it a go. I was wrong. I wokoe up in the morning sat on my couch. 5 hours later I was done. I loved this book. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and even now I just want to keep rereading it. It is so far out of my comfort zone but it’s a really good summer contemporary. I can’t wait for anything else she brings out.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

undead girl gang

Another book that I kept hearing and the hype was just driving me away from it. I actually went to goodreads and read the blurb which then really appealed to me. I really enjoyed this and even though it’s a little bit spooky I think it’s still a good summer contemporary with a bit of a twist.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


This is just a classic summer time book for me. I recently reread it and I think I liked it more than the first time around. This is a really popular book so if you haven’t read it then I recommend it but if you have then maybe try a reread?

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

wolf by wolf

This one seems a bit weird but it feels like an adventure and maybe not the typical summer read but yeah I liked this. Also it’s a duology and I think they’re perfect for summer because if you wanted you could just continue on to Blood for Blood.

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

study in scarlet

Why not spend a little bit of your summer trying a classics? This is super short and enjoyable and I think people should read the original Sherlock!

I most recommend A Study in Scarlet but I don’t think classics are everyone’s thing but if you can please pick this up.


First Impression Friday – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

So I’ve seen this a couple of times and think it’s kind of interesting. The idea comes from JW Martin and the ‘rules’ are:

• Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
• Did you think you’d love and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right?
• Link back to Storeys of Stories so I can enjoy reading all the First Impression Fridays out there!

So I picked up The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Tarton by accident. I actually came across it on my libraries audiobook and mistook it for The Seven Husband’s of Evelyn Hugo.

In my defense very similar names.

So I was reading this and totally didn’t see the plot that people had been talking about but it seemed like an interesting premise. When I figured out it was the wrong book I started to get into it more. It was interesting enough for me to continue with and was thinking it would maybe be 3 stars. If it surprised em 4. I normally don’t like that many mystery novels because I always figure them out.

So I totally got hooked on this book. The narrator was top notch – I was absolutely loving his voice and really loving how different the story was. I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on and who the murderer was.

I just fell in love with this book. It was such a challenging story to follow and so worth it. So I gave this 5 stars…. not only that it’s my favourite book of the year. I can’t believe my favourite book could have happened purely on accident.

I don’t know how I will ever forget this story. I am constantly thinking about it. And I don’t know if I can reread it because you’ll know the end but there’s just so much richness to it that I think I could read this and love it every time.


The blurb from Goodreads

How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Top 5 Classics

So I have enjoyed doing Top 5’s and Top 10’s but I haven’t been really enjoying the topics. But I came across Bionic Bookworm and I really liked the topics.

So here are my Top 5 Classics

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice And Men

So this is probably my favourite of all time. I read this in school and I really really loved it. It wasn’t until I was out of school and reread it an extra couple of time that I realised that I loved this. I admit I haven’t read anything else by John Steinbeck and I really should have.

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

agnes grey

So I did not expect to like this after reading Wuthering Heights but I really loved this. It was such a lovely, sweet, quiet tale and it really gave me a good insight into Anne and the Victorian era. I liked seeing the governess perspective and what that meant.

The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

the sign of four

I am really ashamed of myself for having put of the Sherlock Holmes novels because they’re amazing. I really thought that it would be too difficult for me. I think I’ve always had that opinion of classics and the more I read them the less I think that.

The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

the catcher in the rye

This is one of the book that both me and my boyfriend agree on and that’s saying something. I loved the rawness and honesty of Holden and him confronting adulthood. A lot of people apparently hate this book but I love it! I think people should really read this and maybe understand themselves a bit more through the lens of Holden.

The Stranger by Albert Camus

the stranger

This is probably the most impact classic I’ve read. It has always stuck with me and really cause me to evaluate how I treat people and think about them and their actions. I struggled through this and cried my way through the end. At one point I threw it across the room because I didn’t want it to happen.

Writing about my favourite classics is just making me want to reread them all!

What are some of your favourite classics?