It is Officially Summer, Ladies and Gents! –– Book Recommendation July 2018

It is Officially Summer, Ladies and Gents! –– Book Recommendation July 2018


Ladies and gentlemen, summer has come upon us. Now, we are all going full steam into the sweltering heat of summer.

And me, being Asian and knowing Asians’ love for fair skin, you can already guess that summer is one of my greatest foe. Because whenever summer hits, I wrap myself up from head to toe like a burrito and run from shadow to shadow to escape the sun. Honestly, whenever summer hits, I just immediately turn into a shadow-searching-ninja.


summer book recommendations


Dorky jokes aside though, there is one thing that I do love about summer. It is the fact that there is no school, no assignments, and no exams. Which can only mean one thing.

Your girl got more free time. 

Which means what, you might ask?

It means I got more time to binge-read! Duh.

So with the summer spirit and festivity (?) in mind, today I am going to list out 8 books for you to pick to add to your summer reading list. Happy tanning (for those of you who do), and happy summering! (yes, I know, I just made that word up)




It is Officially Summer, Ladies and Gents! –– Book Recommendation July 2018


1. The Woman in the Window


Genre : Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published




Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.




It is Officially Summer, Ladies and Gents! –– Book Recommendation July 2018


2. The Immortalists


Genre : Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published




If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.




It is Officially Summer, Ladies and Gents! –– Book Recommendation July 2018


3. Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1)


Genre : Romance, Contemporary, New Adult

Type   : Hexalogy (6 books)

Status : On going series




Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?




It is Officially Summer, Ladies and Gents! –– Book Recommendation July 2018


4. Slave (Finding Anna #1)


Genre : Adult Fiction, Erotica, BDSM, Dark, Romance, Abuse

Type   : Tetralogy (4 books)

Status : Completed series




Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death. As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and mentor, Daren, leads him to buying a slave.

Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.

Brianna knows only one thing: she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing. Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?




It is Officially Summer, Ladies and Gents! –– Book Recommendation July 2018


5. Arouse (Spiral of Bliss #1)


Genre : Adult Fiction, Erotica, Contemporary, Romance

Type   : Pentalogy (5 books)

Status : Completed series




“One day I’m going to touch you in a thousand different ways and show you how to touch me,” he said. And he did.

Struggling with a tormented past, undergraduate Olivia Winter once led a practical but isolated life. Then she met Professor Dean West, a brilliant scholar of medieval history who melted Liv’s inhibitions and taught her the meaning of both love and erotic pleasure. But after three years of a blissful, lusty marriage, Liv and Dean now face a crisis that threatens everything they believe about each other. And when dark secrets and temptations rise to the surface, the fallout might break them apart forever.




It is Officially Summer, Ladies and Gents! –– Book Recommendation July 2018


6. The Fall Up (The Fall Up #1)


Genre : New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Type   : Duology 

Status : Completed series




I wanted to jump.
He made me fall.

As a celebrity, I lived in the public eye, but somewhere along the way, I’d lost myself in the spotlight.

Until he found me.

Sam Rivers was a gorgeous, tattooed stranger who saved my life with nothing more than a simple conversation.

But we were both standing on that bridge for a reason the night we met. The secrets of our pasts brought us together—and then tore us apart.

Could we find a reason to hold on as life constantly pulled us down?

Or maybe there’s only one direction to go when two people fall in love at rock bottom—up.




It is Officially Summer, Ladies and Gents! –– Book Recommendation July 2018


7. Badger 


Genre : Adult Fiction, Dark, Contemporary Romance, Abuse

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published




Nearly twelve months sober, Adrian Birch feels like a nobody. But when her wrist is broken in a hit-and-run accident, she’s avenged by the Badger, a secretive street vigilante. Instantly obsessed, Adrian takes to staging suicide and constructing chance meetings to get his attention. Their resulting affair is harsh and needy, wrought with McKenna’s signature dark eroticism—until the connection gets out of hand and ignites the violent passions of the city.


Badger challenges the reader to imagine how an impulsive young man is killed, offering only the perspective of the fascinating and unreliable Adrian Birch.



It is Officially Summer, Ladies and Gents! –– Book Recommendation July 2018


8. Punk 57


Genre : New Adult, Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, High School

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published




“We were perfect together. Until we met.”


I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.


He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.





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