Hello! How are you all doing? It’s been quite some time since I last posted on SWB! Things are slowly beginning to get back to normal and I know that after this long that can be as difficult to deal with as originally going into lockdown was!
When I was deciding what post to come back with I knew that realistically there was really only ever one option, it had to be one of Steph’s wonderful Six for Sunday posts, so here I am sharing six summer-y coloured books!
I was a little torn about what counts as a summer-y colour, I nearly focused on warm colours like oranges and yellows but then I decided for me summer is just about bright colours so that’s what we have, and nice variety of brightly coloured books!
Dance (Like No One’s Watching) by Vanessa Jones
Fame and Glee meet Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl in former West End actress Vanessa Jones’ stunning sequel to Sing Like No One’s Listening.
It’s back to show business as usual at Duke’s Academy of Performing Arts. Things are finally working out for Nettie, with her voice restored, her gorgeous boyfriend Fletch and the lead role in the college musical.
That is, until Fletch is left in a coma after a terrible motorcycle accident and a TV company invades Dukes, pitting her against old enemy Jade Upton. As she tries to juggle impossible pressure and following her heart, Nettie discovers secrets about her mother that make her question everything she ever knew. Desperately trying to bring Fletch back with her voice whilst holding her nerve on stage and screen, Nettie is pushed to breaking point. Will Fletch wake up? Will the stage ever feel like home? And will she find out the truth about her mother?
Dance Like No One’s Watching by Vanessa Jones will show that Nettie is not helpless, and we’d better listen
Starting off with a nice bright yellow! This is one of my current reads although it was temporarily set to the side while I binged some adult crime fiction. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, so I’m hoping once I sit down with this again and get a little further into it this one will capture my attention too!
The Summer Of Us by Cecilia Vinesse
Best friends Aubrey and Rae have been planning their European tour since the moment they met. It was meant to be the perfect way to spend their last summer together before university, but now it’s not just the two of them …
There’s Jonah, Aubrey’s seemingly perfect boyfriend, and Gabe, who Aubrey may have accidentally kissed. And there’s Clara, the friend Rae is crushing on, hard, even though there’s no hope because Clara is definitely into guys, not girls. and on top of all that Aubrey and Rae’s friendship appears to be falling apart. Things are a lot more complicated at eighteen than they were at ten …
Set off on a romantic adventure that embraces warm summer nights, the thrill of first kisses and the bittersweet ache of saying goodbye to the past.
Not only is this book a combination of bright sky blue and sunshine yellow it even has the word summer in the title! This one has been sitting on my shelves for so long and I’ve still not got around to picking it up, will this summer be the year that changes? Probably not, but if you think I should prioritise it let me know in the comments!
The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
A brand new series from Booktuber Lucy Powrie – about what happens when you give up on trying to fit in and let your weird out! It’s time to join The Paper & Hearts Society …
Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in. She doesn’t want to go to parties – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book.
It’s like she hasn’t found her people …
Then Tabby joins a club that promises to celebrate books. What could go wrong? EVERYTHING – especially when making new friends brings out an AWKWARD BUZZING feeling all over her body.
But Olivia, Cassie, Henry and Ed have something that makes Tabby come back. Maybe it’s the Austen-themed fancy-dress parties, or Ed’s fluffy cat Mrs Simpkins, or could it be Henry himself …
Can Tabby let her weird out AND live THE BEST BOOKISH LIFE POSSIBLE?
I could have picked any of Lucy’s The Paper & Hearts Society trilogy to fill this prompt, yellow, blue or orange they are all gorgeous bright colours! I’ve gone with the first one though as I’ve not actually read them yet despite owning them all!
The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven
Physics genius Caro Kerber-Murphy knows she’s smart. With straight As and a college scholarship already in the bag, she’s meeting her two dads’ colossal expectations and then some. But there’s one test she’s never quite been able to ace: love. And when, in a particularly desperate moment, Caro discovers a (definitely questionable) scientific breakthrough that promises to make you irresistible to everyone around you, she wonders if this could be the key. What happens next will change everything Caro thought she knew chemistry – in the lab and in love.
Is her long-time crush Haruki with her of his own free will? Are her feelings for her best girl friend some sort of side-effect? Will her dog, Sirius, ever stop humping her leg?
Another gorgeously bright book, another I’ve not yet read. I’ve read Laura’s other books (both MG and YA) and loved them so I’ve high hopes for this one when I get to it!
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in Otera, a deeply patriarchal ancient kingdom, where a woman’s worth is tied to her purity, and she must bleed to prove it. But when Deka bleeds gold – the colour of impurity, of a demon – she faces a consequence worse than death. She is saved by a mysterious woman who tells Deka of her true nature: she is an Alaki, a near-immortal with exceptional gifts. The stranger offers her a choice: fight for the Emperor, with others just like her, or be destroyed…
Look at the beautiful cover of this book! The little hint of yellow in the corner like a sunrise! I’m going to shock you now and share that this is a book that I have actually read. I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC and absolutely fell in love with it, I’ve no doubt it will be one of my books of the year and I’m already counting down to the sequel! If you’ve not read it yet I urge you to go pick up a copy!
If Birds Fly Back by Charlie Sorosiak
Linny has been living life in black and white since her sister Grace ran away, and she’s scared that Grace might never come back. When Linny witnesses the return to Miami of a cult movie star long presumed dead, she is certain it’s a sign. Surely Álvaro Herrera, of all people, can tell her why people come back – and how to bring her sister home?
Sebastian has come to Miami seeking his father, a man whose name he’s only just learned. An aspiring astrophysicist, he can tell Linny how many galaxies there are, how much plutonium weighs and how likely she is to be struck by a meteorite. But none of the theories he knows are enough to answer his own questions about why his father abandoned him, and why it left him in pieces.
As Sebastian and Linny converge around the mystery of Álvaro’s disappearance – and return – their planets start to collide. Linny’s life is about to become technicolor, but finding the answers to her questions might mean losing everything that matters.
Finishing off with a book whose cover screams summer to a girl that grew up on the Devon coast where summer meant blue skies, fluffy clouds and dodging the seagulls while wandering along the beach eating an ice cream. I read this book a good few years ago now, I never reviewed it but I remember enjoying it at least!
They were my #SixforSunday! If you’ve taken part leave a link to your post below and I’ll be sure to check it out!