10 Novels You Must Read This Summer!

We have made it more than half way through the year folks! How are everyone’s New Years resolutions coming along? Still holding strong? If so, you are an inspiration to us all.

Jokes aside, here is a list of my top 10 favourite novels of 2015 thus far. Enough with the chit chat, let get into it!Starting in no particular order here are the top 10 novels you need to read this summer!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This novel follows the story of Louisa (Lou) Clark who lives in a small house in an English town with her Mom, Dad, sister Katrina and her nephew Thomas. Lou is twenty-seven years old, and she has worked at a coffee shop called the Buttered Buns for the past six years. It is all she has ever known until one day, here employer break the news that he will be closing the coffee shop for good. Lou is devastated! How is she supposed to support herself, when she doesn’t have a university degree or any marketable skills? Suddenly, Lou is contacted by a woman named Camilla who is looking for a caretaker for her quadriplegic son. Lou doesn’t seem all to thrilled with the idea, but what choice does she have?

Will Traynor was once a high-class lawyer who could make any business deal his little heart desired. Will used to ride his motorcycle to work, rock climb in his free time, and go bungee jumping on the weekend. Now, Will is confined to a wheelchair and is unable to move the lower half of his body.

Me Before You is a novel of two people coming together due to strange and unfortunate circumstances and finding something that seems impossible.

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens follows our main character Wolf (Wilfred) Truly who currently lives in Michigan with his father Frankie Truly. After Frankie makes a foolish bet and loses his house, the pair are forced to migrate to California.

A long drive later, Wolf and Frankie make a pit stop at a local gas station where Wolf meets a boy his own age named Byrd. It doesn’t take them long to become fast friends. This gas station sits at the base of a mountain that Byrd has climbed several times. Soon, Byrd is eager to show Wolf the mountain as well.

A tragic accident occurs and Wolf doesn’t know if he can handle being in this world anymore. After much thought, Wolf comes to the decision that he is going to take his own life. One day he heads up the mountain prepared to jump to his death, when he meets a group of  novice hikers. These three women ask Wolf if he could be their tour guide. He grudgingly agrees and they head out on an adventure of a life time.

“Five days. Four lost hikers. Three survivors.”

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

See my full review here!

After Helen by Paul Cavanagh

This novel focuses on a man named Irving Cruickshank who is mourning the loss of his wife Helen, and is left to raise his rebellious teenage daughter Severn. Irving teaches history at a local high school, and is surrounded by teenage students everyday, yet he cannot seem to figure out his own daughter. Severn is left feeling angry at her mother for leaving her too early, and at her father for pretending that she no longer exists.

Irving is used to Severn acting out, or staying out late, but when she fails to return home one night, Irving is left to solve the mystery of finding his daughter. Along the way, he finds out some secrets that Helen failed to mention before she passed away.

This story follows a father trying his best, and a daughter left feeling confused, trying to find a way to put what happened behind them and create a stronger bond between each other.

Boo by Neill Smith

Boo by Neil Smith is the heartbreaking yet funny story about a boy named Oliver Dalrymple who is unlike any of his peers at Helen Keller Junior High. Oliver is interested in science, and loves to memorize the periodic table in his free time, but his classmates find this strange, and pick on him for his eccentricities.

Everything seemed to be normal, or as normal as it could be for someone like Oliver, until he suddenly dies, and is sent to heaven.

How did he die? Oliver was born with a heart defect that left him with a weak heart. He believes this is the reason for his death. When Oliver arrives in heaven, it is much different from the movies he saw back on earth. For starters, everyone in Oliver’s heaven is thirteen years old, just like he was the day he died.

See my full review here!

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Stewart is a thirteen-year-old genius, but it unable to socialize with children his own age. Stewart is different from most kids; he named his cat Schrodinger. Despite Stewart social inabilities, he was able to make friends with the kids just like him at a school called Little Genius Academy, which he transferred to after attempting to fit in at a “normal” school.

Ashley is on the top of the social ladder at Borden Secondary School. Ashley loves to socialize, and unlike Stewart, Ashley and her best friend Lauren rule the school when it come to the popularity hierarchy. When it comes to school and book smarts, Ashley doesn’t know the difference between algebra and the scientific formula.

All is about to change when Stewart’s dad Leonard and Ashley’s mom Caroline decide to move into Caroline’s house long term. After the tragic passing of Stewart’s mother and the unfortunate divorce of Ashley’s parents, Leonard and Caroline decided to pursue a relationship together. Stewart has always wanted a sister, and even bugged his parents constantly about having one, but until now, his wish had not come true. Ashley is no longer an only child, she is forced to share her house with people she does not know, and does not wish to know. Not only are these people strange, they are on the lowest rung of the social latter. As long as this secret does not get out, Ashley can maintain her level of popularity.

See my full review here!

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell helps us explore the personality traits of successful people, in his novel Outliers. He asks questions such as; Are hockey players born in January more likely to make it to the NHL? Why is it that people of Asian decent are more likely to be better at math? And he helps us find the connection between the success of Bill Gates, the Beatles, and Industrial Revolutionist. Overall this is a fascinating novel, and a book that has shown me that non-fiction novels can be just as good as fictional ones.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey is a story following a fourteen year old girl named Audrey who suffers from an anxiety disorder. Ever since the terrible incident occurred at school,  Audrey has been left feeling like a failure because of her anxious compulsions that result in her being unable to leave the house, or take off her sunglasses around strangers. Dr. Sarah, Audrey’s psychologist has been helping her make progress, but it has been slow. Audrey fears that she will never get back to normal until one day she meets this boy named Linus. Linus is Franks (Audrey’s brother) gaming partner, and he is able to help Audrey overcome her fear of leaving the house by giving Audrey challenges to complete. Linus and Audrey form a connection from the first time they met and each one helps the other become a better individual.

See my full review here!

In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Is it a coincidence that three tragedies hit the town of Elizabeth, New Jersey one after the other? Our main character, a fifteen year old girl named Miri Ammerman does not think so. In fact, most of the boys at her school are convinced aliens have something to do with the plane crashes that hit Elizabeth in quick succession. Almost forty years later, Miri returns home to Elizabeth to honor the lives that were lost from the three plane crashes that terrible year, and is able to reconnect with those from her small town that she had lost touch with.

See my full review here!

Judy Blume has done it again! She takes the reader on a vivid ride through catastrophe, love, heart break, friendship, and the power of family.

A Robot In The Garden by Deborah Install

This story follows a man named Ben Chambers who has been in a downfall ever since the death of his parents. His wife Amy feels he is not carrying his weight around the house since as he does not work, and is frustrated with Ben’s lack of motivation. Everything seems to be going poorly for Ben, until one day he stumbles across a robot in his garden named Tang. Tang does not speak English, or so Ben thinks, and will not listen to a word Ben says. Amy thinks the best thing to do is to get ride of this old rusty robot and trade “it” in for a new android, but Ben disagrees. Tang will not come into the house despite Ben’s pleads, and Amy is not impressed with his decision to keep the robot.

See my full review here!

Deborah Install takes the reader on an adventure of a life time.

Alive by Scott Sigler

As per Scott Sigler’s request at the end of this novel, I will not disclose too much information about the plot of this novel, but I will give a brief description of his story.

Alive begins when our main character finds herself trapped in a dark confined space, with little hope for escape. She is unable to to remember her parents name, if she had any siblings, and more importantly her own name. After much determination, she is able to escape from her confinements and discovers that she is not the only one. Taking on the role of a brave leader, our main character takes charge and decides that she will help the others, and herself escape from their captivity.

See my full review here!

Scott Sigler takes us on an action packed adventure! Alive, his latest Sci-Fi novel will be all the rage this summer.

Have you read any of the books on this list? What did you think?  And what are some of your favourite novels thus far? Let me know in the comments!

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