What I Read: Summer 2017 Edition

Since I have missed the linkup these past few times I thought I would just go ahead and group my summer reads into one big post. Also I didn't get much reading done in June so I had to do some catching up in July and it just made sense to put them together instead of trying to separate them. 

So here's what I've been reading! 

Confessions by Kanae Minato- This book was strange. I liked it but at the same time it was really strange. I was never sure how I felt about any of the characters until the end and by then I pretty much disliked them all. But at the same time I really enjoyed the book itself. I liked getting to see the story from all the perspectives and I liked how they all tied together in the end but I'm still not sure how I feel about this book other than it kind of still creeps me out and makes me low key stressed out at the same time. But the fact that I am still thinking about it makes me sure that I actually did enjoy it. If you are into weird ones you might like this. 


Into the Water by Paula Hawkins- Now this one I know I liked. I actually liked this one so much more than Girl on the Train. I loved this story and getting to know the characters and their dark secrets. I wanted to know more about the pool and why the women were drawn there. Or why they ended up there at any rate. I thought this novel was so well written and it had me on edge the entire time and I finished it in less than 24 hours. It may not please those who really loved Girl on the Train (which I greatly enjoyed but this one was better.) but it is a great read for anyone who loves that genre. 


The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hanna Tinti- I know several people have raved about this one already and I can add my own praises to that list. I loved the writing and the characters however I will be honest and tell you it took me a bit to get this one read as I kept getting distracted. It had a slow burn for me and that wasn't really what I was looking for. It was still a brilliant book and I feel like I will reread it in the future to give it a real shot but for now I can say that it was good. 


A Court Of Thorns and Roses Full Trilogy by Sarah J Maas- Okay I am just grouping these three into one to save on space and time because I could honestly go all in and rave about these for hours. I know some might be inclined to judge because these are YA but I will tell you right now that I am hook line and sinker for these books. I read them all within a few days only delayed by the fact that I had to wait for the third to come in at the library. I already have the full set of hardbacks on pre order from Amazon because I must own them all. They are SO GOOD. The stories are well written the characters are amazing and I cannot sing the praises of this series enough. I could go on and on and honestly I want to fangirl out so badly here but I don't want to spoil anything. I have never read the Throne of Glass series by this author but I will having read these. However I guess Throne of Glass is still going while this trilogy ended. There are supposed to be more in the world but following different main characters and that is actually really awesome because I like when things have a full ending and I'm not waiting around forever. If you are a fan of Throne of Glass or of fairy tales in general I think you will love these. Word of warning however the audio book narrator sucks on these so just read the actual books instead. I wanted so badly to pick up the entire series on audio book to listen to whenever I wanted but was sorely disappointed by the choice of voice actor. (She takes weird pauses and tends to gasp a lot and that irritates me) Seriously these are bomb. New fandom acquired. 

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So that's what I read this summer! What have you been reading? Be sure to join the linkup and share!
Life According to Steph


  1. Confessions sounds interesting.
    I haven't read The Girl on the Train yet, but I do like the sound of Into the Water.

  2. I'm curious about The Court of Thorn and Roses series. I've heard good things. I want to read Confessions - I read Penance, by the author, and it was intriguing. I didn't really love Girl on the Train so I'm not sure I'll read Into the Water - but I'm glad you liked it better. :)


  3. I have to confess that I didn't love Throne of Glass. I was so unimpressed that I didn't even bother to read the rest of the series. I would be willing to try her other series though.
    Into the Water and 12 Lives are on my TBR list.

  4. ahhh i am definitely reading that trilogy asap. i'm going to try and hold out until throne of glass is finished, just because i get confused easily haha. glad you liked samuel hawley and confessions. i definitely kept thinking about confessions long after i finished it!

  5. What a great reading month you had! I definitely want to read Confessions. Every time I think about reading Samuel Hawley, I pass it over for another book. I have Into the Water at home waiting to be read.

  6. Oh yay! I didn't realize it was just going to be a trilogy. I read the first one in 2015 and never made it to the other two. I plan to re-read the first and then read the other two ASAP since I have them. :) I've only read the first Throne of Glass as well and I liked it, but not as much as Court. We'll see. :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  7. My mother handed me a hardcover copy of Into the Water about a month ago and I just politedly tucked it aside. I think I'll add it to the TBR!


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