Monday, May 12, 2014

Guest Post | 5 Summer Reads from The YA’s Nightstand

The summer months are upon us and with that comes plenty of opportunities for reading! With that being said, we decided to invite a few bloggers to recommend their top five summer reads.

Today, we have Emily from The YA’s Nightstand.


The YA’s Nightstand is primarily a book review blog about Young Adult books however, I like to dabble in other genre’s as well. In between reviews I host our weekly author Q&A (#5Questions) and share some exciting promo posts. I like to talk, share my opinions and fangirl over swoon worthy book boys and that’s what The YA’s Nightstand is. It’s me leaving my fingerprint on the blogosphere while having a little bit of fun.
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Summer’s almost here, which means most of us are off on our holidays and the most important thing we should be packing is that all important summer paperback! But what to pick? Here is my top 5 Summer Reads to help you decide.

First up we have Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher. Now, if you’ve ever seen my blog you’ll know I’m a massive fan of this book and it’s the perfect ChickLit to accompany you this summer.


 It’s a sweet little story about a normal everyday girl named Sophie and teen heartthrob Billy.  Personally I really loved the fact that it didn’t romanticize the idea of dating a movie star. It’s a brutal industry and that’s reflected in the way Sophie’s introduced to Billy’s life. It’s funny and captivating; with moments that will break your heart and other’s that will make you smile. It’s my perfect summer read.


Now I’m a YA fanatic so this is my top summer read for all you Young Adult lovers. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.  This lady has one serious funny bone! She knows how to make you smile, not to mention that Anna and the French Kiss has one of the most swoon worthy male leads I’ve read in a while – even if he is a little on the short side.


I adored the setting! Perkins was able to make me believe I was walking the streets of Paris along side St. Clair and Anna, Mer, Rashmi and Josh. It’s written beautifully and is brilliantly funny and I couldn’t put it down once I had started reading it.

If you haven’t read any of her books before, start with this.

You won’t regret it.

The Ring and The Crown is the new historical fantasy by best selling author Melissa de la Cruz and a must read! It’s rife with magic and enchantment while set in an historic context. It’s effortlessly written and is an all out mesmerizing book to read.


The Ring and The Crown tells the story of the people attending the London Season in the early 20th century as Marie, the Princess of Wales prepares for her engagement to one Prince Leopold in order to secure pace between their two nations. But with Leo currently betrothed to another and Marie’s heart already taken it’s bound to be an interesting season indeed.

If J.K. Rowling and Philippa Gregory had a 382-page love child it would look an awful lot like this book.

 Speaking of Philippa Gregory my penultimate Summer Read is her novel The Kingmakers Daughter. It’s technically the third book in The Cousins War series, however, all her books work as stand alones and this is most definitely my favorite.  


This book is told from Anne Neville’s point of view during the War of the Roses in the 15th century. She’s the daughter of one of the most influential men in Britain and the soon to be wife of future King of England, Richard III. It’s a rich and imaginative tale of one of England’s most infamous wars.

There are five books at present in this series.

Lastly we have Blue Notes by Carrie Lofty. If you haven’t heard of this one yet then you will. It’s a great New Adult story that is sexy and compelling. Lofty is fiercely passionate about this book and it comes across in the writing. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this and I adored it!


The story itself follows Keeley as she starts at the University at Tulane, and how she copes with the attention from one dangerously attractive arsehole named Jude. It’s a love/hate story that turns into something addictive and honest. It gripped hold of my curiosity from page one and didn’t let me go until the very last sentence. It was intense at times and made me smile at others, and it was always 100% sexy. 

Thank you so much Emily for sharing your top 5 summer reads! We can’t wait to check these out and add to our forever growing TBR piles!


Be sure to check out her blog, The YA’s Nightstand!

What books are on your summer TBR list?

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