Summer Book Tag 2021

We found this fun summer book tag from Sweet & Sunny Living and decided to participate.
Last year our Summer Book Tag featured books with the word summer in the title. This year it’s books that make us think about summer.

1. Iced Drink: A Refreshing Book

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Glimpsed by G.F. Miller was fun, sweet and such a refreshing book because we’ve never read anything like it. If you’re looking for a creative and quirky YA romance, this book is for you! Charity is fairy godmother and the disgruntled ex of one of her Cindies (clients), is determined to expose Charity for destroying people’s lives (or so he thinks). In exchange for helping the adorkable Noah win back his ex, he will keep his mouth shut about Charity’s fairy godmother status.

2. Cotton Candy: A Book That Was Fluffy and Sweet

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Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter is the perfect YA summer romance for those who need a cute beach read. Liz enlists her enemy Wes to help her win over her crush. But when the two start spending time together, Liz realizes there is more to Wes than she thought. Wes and Liz had amazing chemistry and made us swoon constantly.

3. Sunglasses: A Dark Book

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Bad Blood (The Naturals #4) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is probably the darkest book we’ve ever read. The ending literally had us shocked because Cassie had to something really twisted to save herself. This book series about teens who help the FBI solve cases is amazing, but be prepared for the suspense and dark moments.

4. Picnic on a Rainy Day: A Sad Book

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Looking For Alaska by John Green is one of our favorite sad books. Even though the ending had us emotional, this is probably one of the most thought-provoking books in YA. Miles “Pudge” Halter learns a lot about himself, even though he experienced some tough losses.

5. Sand: A Book That Irritated You

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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins annoyed us from the start. Lola whined constantly, dressed in outrageous costumes and complained about not being able to date a guy significantly older than her. Also, the main romance had very little chemistry, making it hard to support Lola and Cricket.

6. Summer Blockbuster: Favorite Book to Screen Adaptation

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Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky is the best adaptation in our opinion. From the casting to keeping the overall plot, the movie was just as good as the book. A main reason for this is that Chbosky directed the movie adaption of his own book. Both the book and movie are amazing if you need a recommendation!

7. Dropped Ice Cream: A Book You Were Anticipating That Wasn’t Good

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The Fallen (The Nine Lives of Chloe King #1) by Celia Thompson. Back in the day we watched The Nine Live of Chloe King on ABCFamily and loved it. We tried to read the book after and it was a flop. We had to DNF because the characters were lackluster and the pacing was so slow.

8. Palm Tree: A Large Book That You Loved

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Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) is almost 900 pages and it’s one of our favorite long books. We love all the shadowhunter books and enjoyed the ending Clare gave to Emma, Julian and the rest of the crew.

9. Bonfire: A Book You Want to Burn

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While we never want to burn books because it’s wrong, we’d have to say I See London, I See France by Sarah Mylnowski. Almost every character was problematic and selfish. We were sad though since we love European settings for books.

10. Fireworks: A Book That Exploded Into the Scene

One of Us Is Lying (One of Us is Lying, #1)

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus exploded onto the YA mystery scene in 2017. Since then, McManus has become one of the biggest names in YA. We loved the idea of five students entering detention, but only four making it out alive. McManus delivered amazing twists, suspense and compelling characters. We plan on reading all her books as soon as they are released.

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28 thoughts on “Summer Book Tag 2021

  1. It is always great when you find great reads for the summer. Wow, I am not sure how to feel when there are odd twists at the end of the book. Though, that is one way to leave an impression. Oooh! I’ve heard of Perks of Being a Wallflower! Thanks for sharing these recs 🙂

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

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  2. Oooh I love this tag. How fun! It was great to read through some of the titles. I actually giggled when I saw The Nine Lives of Chloe King because I forgot about that book and tv show entirely. I remember liking it when it was first a thing but I probably wouldn’t enjoy it quite as much now haha!

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