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Summer Reading


Hey y’all! Summer is about halfway through, if not more, so I thought it would be good to do an update on some of my favorite summer reads so far. I’ve found a few good Sci-fi titles lately. Perhaps you’ve heard of them, but if not, I highly recommend you try them out if they catch your interest. So, without further ado, my most recent reads!

Aetherbound- E.K. Johnston


I picked this up at my local bookstore thinking it looked like a good YA science fiction, which it did turn out to be. The world building was fascinating and the plot flowed nicely, not to mention characters full of heart. I admit it wasn’t what I expected. This novel dealt with some heavy and relevant themes, and there were a few... medically disturbing... scenes. But overall, I enjoyed the journey of the main character. I would recommend this book if you like speculative sci fi with a bit of magic thrown in, and don’t mind some little nitty gritty medical moments.


Supernova Era- Cixin Liu


This is actually a current read, meaning I haven’t finished it yet. I got this along with Aetherbound without knowing much about it, so naturally, it wasn’t quite what I expected. That said, it’s a really interesting concept. When a star explodes and sends deadly radiation to Earth, only children under the age of thirteen will survive. The story focuses on three bright Chinese children as they adapt to a world in which their generation has become the leaders. It’s interesting, though much more of a hard sci fi than I usually go for. Overall I‘m excited to see how it turns out!


Left to Tell- Immaculeé Illibagiza


This is unlike anything I normally read, but it’s definitely worth mentioning here. Left to Tell is the true story of Immaculeé Illibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. Her story is a powerful tale of survival and faith. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. It will make you cry, and it will make you smile, and it will truly inspire you and give you a beautiful gratitude for all the blessings in your life.


The Final Six- Alexandra Monir


This book I was immensely pleased with. Like the first two, it was a spur of the moment sci fi buy, but this one truly had all the hallmarks of my favorite type of story. A cast of varied and interesting characters, adventure, space, and even a teen romance which I didn’t particularly mind. This was a sweet, riveting story with a lot of tense moments, following twenty-four teenagers as they compete to earn a spot on a pioneering space mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. It had light moments sprinkled throughout a well paced plot, and honestly it just really hit the spot for YA Sci-fi. Highly recommend!


There you have if, a rundown of my recent summer reads. Overall I’ve been pleased with what I’ve found, and I’m still enjoying sci-fi in its various mediums as the summer wanes on. I’m also busy with various college application things- so fun fun. But as always, happy reading, and fly safe!

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