What Is On My Reading List/TBR (July 2019)

Reading list

A new month means a new reading list full of YA books that I’m super excited to read! I’m particularly happy with this month’s selection because my local library has outdone themselves with new books! You should have seen my face when I saw Dear Evan Hansen on the shelf after being told that it wasn’t even in our county a few weeks ago. I don’t like my reading list to be too long or reading becomes a chore.

Diary of a young girl (anne frank)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read Anne Frank’s diary over the years! My RE teacher at school really opened my eyes about the Holocaust and to Anne and her family. We visited The Holocaust Centre where we got to listen to a talk from an actual survivor and the centre itself, while sad, is so relaxing. The garden is gorgeous and there is a little hill of stones where people have placed a stone as a tribute. I might have to visit again and do a post about it! There is something so special about Anne’s story. How she went from a normal life to one of terror and fearing that she could be discovered at any moment.

All that said, she was so strong! I admire her intelligence, her confidence and her outlook regardless of what she has been put through! I really want to visit the Annex in Amsterdam to both pay my respects but also to see for myself where she was.

Field Notes On Love (Jennifer E. Smith)

A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up with them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?

You know when you need that kind of book that has romance, adventure and trying to discover yourself? Yeah…I think that may be this book. I really loved the sound of the plot when I read the back. A guy being dumped after booking a massive trip before university started and he ends up having to try and find a girl with the same name who wants to take the spare ticket. I’ve never read any of Jennifer’s books so can’t wait to read her style!

Birthday (Meredith Russo)


I had to show a picture of this book because LOOK AT IT! This has to be one of my favourite designs that I’ve had for a long time! It’s so cute and colourful and, seeing as it’s LGBTQ+, the rainbow is perfect! I’m definitely purchasing my own copy of this next week but for now we have this library copy!

Meet Morgan and Eric: born on the same day, at the same time and bonded for life. In this moving dual narrative, we meet them every birthday from the age of thirteen, as Eric figures out who he is, as Morgan decides to live as her true self, and as they realize they are inextricably part of each other.

This plot is such an interesting concept. Two people born on the same day and same time. I don’t know exactly what makes this LGBTQ+ but I’m wondering if Morgan is transgender. Just a feeling though! I’ll give a better idea when I review it!

Only love can break your heart (Katherine Webber)

Reiko loves the endless sky and electric colours of the Californian desert. It is a refuge from an increasingly claustrophobic life of family pressures and her own secrets. Then she meets Seth, a boy who shares a love of the desert and her yearning for a different kind of life. But Reiko and Seth both want something the other can’t give them. As summer ends, things begin to fall apart. But the end of love can sometimes be the beginning of you…

The first line of this synopsis is actually what made me want to read. The choice of words like ‘endless sky’ and ‘electric colours’ painted an amazing image in my head and I just had to read the rest after that! This is a different kind of book to what I usually read but sometimes you just have to have a break-up book on your reading list!

A Pinch of Magic (Michelle Harrison)

Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse.
Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.
Will they be enough to break the curse?
Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger? …

The description of this book may be super short but it says all that it needs to! This needs to be turned into a film or a show because it sounds like it has everything you could need! You guys know I can never ignore a book about magic and this sounds like a dark Disney plot but I’m only guessing from what you see above! Think I’ll be reading this on a dull day!

Dear Evan Hansen (Val Emmich)

When a letter that was never meant to be seen draws high school senior Evan Hansen into the Murphy family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong.

He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell. 
That the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.

Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore. And Connor’s wealthy parents have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his ‘closest friend’.

As Evan gets pulled deeper into their family, he knows that what he’s doing may not be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be?

It might sound crazy but I haven’t heard any of the songs from the musical of this or seen it but I have heard some amazing things about it! That and the guy that played Evan on Broadway (Ben Platt) loves Harry Potter and is a Hufflepuff so that got my interest! Haha! I know what it’s like to want to be wanted. I know nothing of the plot or what happens between Evan and Connor so I’ll be listening to the soundtrack while reading this! Wish me luck!

What is on your reading list this July?


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