15 amazing YA contemporaries to read during summertime (or anytime. really)

Something happens to bookworms, whenever the summer comes. Most bookworms get more time to read, at least the ones lucky enough to have long summer breaks awaiting for them. Most bookworms also manage to get drawn to some particular reads around that time of the year. Usually, all the fluffiness, adorable-ness of contemporaries is being irresistible whenever the sun’s shining.

That doesn’t happen for me. I’m a contemporary reader 95% of the time (because I’m leaving some place for all of your awesome fantasy, sci-fi and amazing recommendations). So obviously, I thought I’d take the chance to throw some magnificent YA contemporaries your way, because why not.

Please note that I tried to narrow it down and to mention some books I haven’t been talking about a lot, before. Also please note that this was hard and I still have about a billion recommendations on that theme, soooooooooo ask away for more, seriously. You can. I don’t bite.

For everyone in the Southern Hemisphere currently experiencing the opposite effect and taking on warm coats and blankets, this list is for you, too. All warm and fuzzy reads to read under the covers. That works perfectly, too.

This post is lowkey inspired by last week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme, which was “Beach Reads / Summer TBR”.

YA contemporaries I’ve read, loved and are definitely perfect for summer time

– or winter time. Anytime. Just read them okay. Click on the covers to add them to your Goodreads TBR!

The Impossibility of Us, Katy Upperman

I recently finished reading The Impossibility of Us, which releases this summer – at the end of July. If you can’t get it right away, you should definitely remember to buy it. It’s an adorable romance, it has great characters and definitely all.the.feels.


Words in Deep Blue, Cathy Crowley

This was a recommendation from Kat and I’m putting it out there because that one’s the best ever. Now that’s said, I can go on and say that this book deserves all the hype. It has childhood friends, it’s emotional yet it also makes you smile, IT IS SET IN A LIBRARY OKAY and if that’s not a good-enough reason, I don’t know what you need.

Down and Across, Arvin Ahmadi

This is a 2018 debut that deserves more love as well. A brilliant coming-of-age story with endearing characters, an adventure in Washington D.C, it’s charming, entertaining and WILL make you happy. I swear.

My Life Next Door, Huntley Fitzpatrick

I will always recommend this book, because it is the perfect summer, or contemporary read. Big, endearing families, a sweet but realistic romance and a lot of the boy-next-door, yes yes yes yes.

When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon

I feel like I haven’t talked about that one enough? It had its share of hype last year and if you haven’t read it, you should at least try to see why. I found this book really endearing, even if a bit predictable, it still was adorable and with characters you want to hug. I know I did.

Points of Departure, Emily O’Beirne

That one’s flying a bit under the radar and it’s a bit sad. A group of friends on an European adventure? yes yes yes. Diversity? Yes yes yes. Friendships and ties growing between friends, a side of romance and loads of interesting character-developement? Check, check and check.

Wanderlost, Jen Malone

So it seems like European adventures are quite popular. I wonder why. ANYWAY, if you’re looking to be taken on an adventure, definitely read Wanderlost. Great sightseeing, adventures and surprises and an adorableeeeeee romance.

Girl Out of Water, Laura Silverman

Forever recommending that one because it is so very awesome and perfect for summertime. I loved the story, the character growth, all of the characters, the adorable love-interest, I LOVED EVERYTHING about it and I wish everyone would read it.

The Probability of Miracles, Wendy Wunder

So, compared to everything I’ve shared before, that one will make you cry. At least it did the trick for me. Still, it was a very beautiful (and very underrated) book with such a great, witty main character, a lovely slow-developed romance and it was adorable.

The Geography of You and Me, Jennifer E. Smith

Jennifer E. Smith is one of the queens of sweeet young adult romances and I’d recommend this one for summertime, just because it has so many wanderlust as well. I loved the main characters here, their slow-developed connexion and it is a quick, adorable read okay.


Since I just don’t know how to stop, here are a couple more books that would be perfect for summertime….


YA contemporaries I haven’t read yet, but I know will be perfect for summertime, too

Once again, or any other time, really. Click once again on the covers to add the books to your TBR!

Save The Date, Morgan Matson

OBVIOUSLY. It was strange that I didn’t talk about Morgan Matson at all on my list above. I could have, but… I’d have to put all of her books. She is the ultimate queen of summer contemporaries, for me and I can’t wait to buy Save The Date and read it and love it.

The Other Side of Lost, Jessi Kirby

I recently found out about this book and I was sold right away. It deals with social media and how to get away from it all, there seems to be a dash of adventure and great character development -I hope- and I am really looking forward to that one.

Summer of Salt, Katrina Leno

Katrina Leno is one of these authors on my TBR that I HAVE to get around to reading, soon. I really do, because I know I’d love her books. Somehow, Summer of Salt seems perfect for me – a little bit of magical realism, an island setting, with love and family and argh I am all here for that one.

This is what it feels like, Rebecca Barrow

NO idea why this gets released in NOVEMBER because 1. it sounds like the perfect summer read – but then it will be summer in November for Australians and the Southern Hemisphere so okay, I get that and YOU ARE A LUCKY BUNCH ; and 2. I kind of want to read it NOOOOW. It’s about a band! It’s about amazing friendships! A bunch of girls! LOOK AT THAT COVER! I think you get it.

Wild Blue Wonder, Carlie Sorosiak

This book sounds SO atmospheric and gorgeous and I am all here for this, seriously. Also I heard that the main character loves marine biology and how very cool is that?! I’m getting all the summer-adorable-atmospheric and escape kind of book and all here for that one okay.

What kind of reads do you turn to, in the summer? Contemporaries, fantasies, anything and everything?

What do you think of my recommendations? Did you read, or do you want to read any of these? Do you have other recommendations for me?! Let me know in comments!

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103 thoughts on “15 amazing YA contemporaries to read during summertime (or anytime. really)

      1. Yeah, I have to be super craving a contemporary or I get super bored and never finish reading them. Trying to step out of my genre bubble this year, so gonna go to the bookstore next weekend for some contemps. Wish me luck. 🙂

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  1. How have I only read one of these books? I agree, my life next door is ultra cute! I read it a while ago, and while I don’t remember the exact details, I do remember that I really enjoyed it! Some of these books, you have mentioned before, so I didn’t have to add them again to my wish list, but others!? I still added a good 7 books or so. I love fluff books, they’re just extremely enjoyable, and are the perfect mini escape. Great post Marie! xx

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    1. Oh yes, My Life Next Door is adorable ❤ Did you read the companion novel, The Boy Most Likely To? It has Tim as a main character and it was so, SO good, I think you'd enjoy it 😀
      Thank you so, so much for reading and for your sweet comment, Melina! ❤ ❤

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  2. Usually i tend towards contemporaries in the summer too, but this year has a lot of slightly darker fantasy. Stuff like The Bone Witch, The Night Circus, and Reign of the Fallen. I should probably take some of your recommendations to balance it out!

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    1. Ohhh well to each their own, dark fantasy is fun, too – I have heard amazing things about The Night Circus and Reign of The Fallen, really want to read both 😀
      I hope you’ll find some reads you love there 😀
      Thank you so much for your comment 🙂


    1. Oh you’re so welcome – I’m happy if you found some new reads there! The main character in The Probability of Miracles – damn, I can’t recall her name right now 😂 – was really great, I remember loving her! 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤


  3. I think in the summer I gravitate towards contemporaries and fantasy, something fun and not too heavy. I’m really looking forward to The Other Side of Lost – already placed a hold on it at the library!

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    1. Ohh I can’t wait to hear what you think of that one – I think I found out about it on your blog, actually 😂 I hope you’ll love it 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Angela 😀


    1. I wish so too, it’s such an underrated read 🙂
      I’m so glad you loved these books so much – I can’t wait to read Wild Blue Wonder, it sounds amazing 😀
      Thank you for your sweet comment! 😀

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    1. There’s something about summetime that just really gets people into contemporaries, for some reason haha 🙂 I hope you’ll love Wanderlost 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! 😀


  4. I read Summer of Salt recently and definitely liked it. It was so quirky and unusual with the magic and the town descriptions. Wild Blue Wonder is on my TBR list for the same reasons as you 🙂 It definitely sounds like a me book. I hope we both enjoy it!

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  5. Yes with Morgan Matsen (I would add the Unexpected Everything) and would all Atticus by Sawyer Bennett and Jessica’s Guide to dating the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey.

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    1. Oh yes, I would add ALL of Morgan Matson’s books, I tried to quote different authors, but all of her books are incredible and perfect for summertime ❤ ❤
      I don't know the other two books, I'll have to check them out! Thank you so much for the recommendations 😀


  6. The impossibly of us is currently on my TBR and I have been wanting to read it for the longest time!! Also the Color Project is a book I should have ALREADY read but just completely forgot about when I went down the SJM rabbit hole! Great list I love all your contemporary recs!

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    1. Ohhhh I’m so glad to hear this, I really hope you will read it as soon as it’s released, I loved it so much 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Jamie! 😀 ❤


  7. Sooo I’ve only read When Dimple Met Rishi from your list, but it’s a good one! I used to read YA Contemporary all the time but I’ve definitely branched out, especially the last few years. There are still some really good ones out there though. Thanks for all these re’cs. Oh, and I totally add Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Total favorite of mine.


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    1. Oh I understand, I guess sometimes our reading taste just change and we’re looking for completely different genres to read 🙂 I hope that I maybe made you want to get back into contemporaries with that list 😀
      Amy & Roger was sooo good, I loved that book so much 😀
      Thank you for your sweet comment, Lauren! ❤


  8. Ooh these all look so so cute and good and I love them!! I haven’t read most of these– but I have read When Dimple Met Rishi: wasn’t it so cute and good? I loved Rishi so much and the fact that Dimple was pursuing a STEM career and ahhhh!! ❤ Have you read To All the Boys I've Loved Before? It's so so cute and I love it so much!

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    1. TO ALL THE BOYS YES OBVIOUSLY! I didn’t want to be too obvious and put it on that list, but I thought of it right away when I was drafting this post. I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH, it is way too adorable and that trailer and ahhhhhhh I just can’t wait to see it ❤ ❤ ❤
      Sorry hahahaha I got a bit excited here but AHH I CAN'T WAIT.


    1. I can’t wait to read Save The Date, I’m sure I will love it 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment – I hope you’ll find some amazing reads there 😀


  9. Loving this post! 💕 Omg I’m in love with the cover for Words in Deep Blue; it’s so beautiful!! 😍💙 I’ve literally added like all of these books to my TBR (you’re killing my TBR, Marie 😂😩); they all sound so good!! Thank you for these recommendations; I can’t wait to read them! (Someday. 😅 Haha my TBR is honestly getting way out of control, ahhh.)

    (Also, I just realized that I have read My Life Next Door, but I never finished it, whoops, haha. I don’t remember why I stopped; I might give it a second chance after reading your recommendation! 🙂 )

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    1. Aww thank you so much! ❤ ❤
      The Words in Deep Blue cover is absolutely stunning, even more in real life. I hope you'll be able to get a copy and read it at some point, it is such an underrated, gorgeous and emotional book, I loved it ❤ ❤
      You're welcome haha, I hope you'll find some amazing reads in there, hopefully! ❤

      Oh I'm sorry to hear that about My Life Next Door – maybe you weren't in the right mood for it, at the time? I hope you'll want to give it another try 🙂

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, it means so much ❤ ❤

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  10. Oh yes yes !! all of thoses looks awesome!!

    No summer break for me, but my work schedule is actually more slack next week and my boyfriend leaves for a week … SO that’s a perfect time to read, eh ? ahah But oh !! I do got the french arc of when dimple met richi – So excited to peak at what the hype was about !

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    1. OH that’s good, at least you’ll have a bit more time to read, even if you don’t get a proper summer break ❤ You're not alone, I will be working most of the time as well haha, unfortunately, so we can support each other 😛
      I can't wait to hear your thoughts about Dimple, loved that book so much, it was adorableeee ❤
      Thank you so much for your comment, Kristina! ❤ ❤

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  11. Thank you for remembering us people in the Southern Hemisphere. I always feel forgotten in these seasonal recommendations lists. Side note: my fingers are really cold as I’m typing this.
    I definitely want to read The Way You Make Me Feel sometime soon. I recently read I Believe In a Thing Called Love by the same author and really enjoyed it. It was a rom com in book form.
    I don’t often read contemporary much anymore (except in manga form) but I’ll keep this list in mind when I need something fluffy.

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    1. OH you’re so welcome ❤ It sounds strange to me that it's winter someplace else at the moment, given that I am veeeeery hot right now haha, but the world is so big after all 😀 I'm just always sad that there are so many summer themes, recs and publications and that it's not acknowledged too much that, well, half of the world is not in that season.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed I Believe In A Thing Called Love, I really want to read it, after reading TWYMMF! That book was adorable, I hope you will love it 🙂 ❤
      Thank you so, so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment ❤ ❤

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  12. I don’t think I am one of those bloggers who’s known for loving a certain book, but if I were, Words in Deep Blue is certainly on the list haha I am so happy whenever I got someone to read it and they loved it!! ❤ Also, I am glad when people keep mentioning My Life Next Door. I feel like it's SUCH a good book, but because it's a little older, a lot of people don't seem to pick it up anymore. (I can't believe I just called it "older" … it's not THAT old haha)

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    1. Well, I certainly think of you every time I watch the book on my shelves 😛
      I feel the same way – it’s crazy how quickly “older” books are forgotten, books from 2017 and 2016 are already “old” now, so books from 2011 or something are just… well who reads THAT anymore? I sometimes feel that way and it bothers me (and aerm I’m on the way to ranting and could rant about that for hours I think?!, will definitely write it in my notes for a potential post someday hahahhaa)

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  13. You have got me on a contemporary craving!! I really wanted to read more books based in Europe to get the travel jitters in me going, so I’m definitely going to look more into Points of Departure and Wanderlost ❤ there's just so many on this post that's on my TBR 🙈

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  14. I HAVEN’T READ ANY OF THESE BUT I SURE WANT TO. Stop making me expand my tbr Marie 😛 I love to read (fluffy) contemporaries during the summer too, but lately I’ve been reading more contemporaries any time of the year, instead of fantasy which used to be my favourite genre?? I’m not sure what’s happening but I’ve been planning a blog post on that for a while now lol. Anyway I need all of these!! Lovely post like always ❤️

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      I am sooooooo happy to hear that, contemporary is great ALL YEAR ROUND and maybe you will become a contemporary fan just like me? I hope so haha 😛
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. Contemporary has been my second favourite genre for a while now, but honestly looking at my reads this year and my most anticipated releases and such… I think it has beaten fantasy? 😂 I have joined you 😛


  15. Ahh Marie, thank you so so much for all these recommendations! *screeches because so many books* I just added SO much to my TBR! 😄

    The Impossibility of Us looks so cute! And the cover! *melts* And My Life Next Door…from the Goodreads summary I’m kind of getting Romeo and Juliet vibes, haha- the whole family separation thing, if that makes sense. XD Also, how have I not read When Dimple Met Rishi? It’s obviously the perfect read for this summer. 😉

    I LOVE The Geography of You and Me! And all of Jennifer E. Smith’s other romance novels, too. They’re just so sweet and I love them dearly.

    I am currently reading Everything Leads to You and LOVINGGG it! I’m having so much trouble putting it down, and it’s getting to such a good part, and eeep thank you so much for the recommendationnn.❤️

    I’m also so looking forward to reading Summer of Salt and Save the Date! Wow, after reading this post, I think a library trip is in order soon. XD I apologize for the long comment, I had so much to say about this wonderful post, hehe!

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much Olivia and please never apologize for your comments, I always love reading them ❤ ❤ and I'm so glad I could inspire your next library trip haha 😛 I hope you'll be able to read some of these soon, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts about all of them 😀

      Oh I'm so glad you love Jennifer E. Smith's books! Do you have a favorite one? 😀

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! ❤ ❤

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      1. Haha, yay! I’ll let you know what I think about them. 😉

        Well, I read them all about two years ago, and I do remember having a particular favorite…but I can’t recall it any more. XD I think it might have been This is What Happy Looks Like or maybe Windfall?


      2. hahaha that’s okay, I tend to forget the books I read, too. So sad, I wish my memory would be a bit better about these things haha. I have both of these on my TBR already, I’ll have to read them soon then 😀

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  16. Ack, can I just say “yes to all”? Because yes to Points of Departure and When Dimple Met Rishi and My Life Next Door and Wanderlost and The Color Project. I love reading cute contemporaries or travel books when the sun’s out, so your recommendations are perfect. I’m also really looking forward to reading Summer of Salt and Words in Deep Blue!

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much – I’m so happy to find someone loving all the same books as me haha, it’s so great ❤ ❤
      I can't wait for you to read Words In Deep Blue, it was such a beautiful book ❤ I hope you will love it! 🙂
      thank you so much for your sweet comment, Inge! ❤


  17. I don’t read seasonally at all. But I did read a few romances in June even though it went from contemporary romance to paranormal to other genres. But hey, still a love story I guess! I haven’t read any of these but When Dimple Met Rishi is on my TBR 😀

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  18. For me the summer is all about contemporaries, and I’ve got through a lot of them so far! 😀 I’ve read a few on your list, there are a lot more still on my TBR list that’s for sure, but I definitely agree seeing them all on this post. My Life Next Door is such a sweet YA contemporary, it’s a favourite of mine, and I need to read Wanderlost at some point because it sounds great (also it’s set in Amsterdam and that’s one of my favourite cities in the world).
    I actually read Save the Date recently and it’s perfect, probably my second favourite Morgan Matson books you need to read it ASAP Marie! 😀
    Great post. 🙂 ❤

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    1. AHHHHH BETH. I’m so happy you loved Save The Date – I’m going to read it soon, hopefully before the month ends and I am so, very, excited about it. I’m so glad you loved it so much! 😀
      Thank you so much! ❤ ❤

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  19. It makes me so happy everytime you say that you are a contemporary girl, because I’m too 😀 Ahh, I can’t wait to read The Impossibility of Us. I will read it near the release date because I’m on a blog tour of it. I am sure that I would love it too.
    There are so many amazing books on your list and yes, without fail, I haven’t read any of those yet 😦 Oh wait, I have read When Dimple Met Rishi 😀 In fact, it made it to my beach reading list too.

    And all the books on your TBR are definitely on my TBR too 😀 Have I told you that I literally stalk your GR TBR shelf? 😛

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    1. YAY 😀 To be honest, even if I am a contemporary girl, I’m getting more and more into fantasy as well and sometimes I don’t recognize myself?! 😂 BUT YAY CONTEMPORARIES will always have my heart . ❤
      Ahhh I hope you'll love all of these books, whenever you can read them 😀 and… really? Well, I don't mind 😂 I hope you find some great books there 😛

      Thank you so much!! ❤ ❤

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  20. And this is why you’re one of my favorite bloggers! I always live for contemporary recommendations!! I just love it so much and I want to devour all of these! My favorite contemporaries are The Female of the Species, All The Bright Places, The List, Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda, Zoe Letting Go, Bringing up the Bones, Just Listen, Dreamland, Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda, Second Chance Summer, They Both Die At The End, Love and Gelato, and Before I Fall. I really want to read Wanderlost or any with European adventures because I just went to Europe and I just want to live through my reading experience! Great recommendations! Love your recommendations posts!

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    1. AWww thank you so much, that’s way too sweet 😭<3
      Oh I LOVE Simon vs, Just Listen, Second Chance Summer and All The Bright Places as well, these books are amazing! ❤ ❤
      I hope you'll love Wanderlost whenever you can read it, it was such a great book, perfect if you're looking for a bit of adventure 😀

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      1. Yes I’m so excited to get into that one myself! Also I want to get in the companion of Love and Gelato which is Love and Luck so I have a lot of contemporaries to get into! 😍

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  21. Not that I needed any more books on my to read list (although can you ever have too many books to read?!), but these all sound so good! During the summer I usually stick with Sarah Dessen, Morgan Matson and Jennifer E. Smith, because I know those give me the summer feelings I want 🙂

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    1. I don’t think you can ever have too many books on your TBR, so… you’re good to go haha 😀
      And yes these are fantastic choices, I love all of these authors so much, they’re perfect for summertime ❤


  22. Oh my god yes When Dimple Met Rishi is the perfect summertime read! I read it last year and definitely want to reread it this year 💕
    I also added Girl Out of Water and Words in Deep Blue to my TBR now, because both sound so good and I feel especially the first one hasn’t been mentioned a lot!

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  23. What a great summer read list Marie! This is just the sort of list that I need with my seasons challenged self! It’s hard to even think about this being summer already… ❤️ My Life Next Door is such great summer read! I LOVE the family in that one too…. I love books with lots of siblings of all ages! I need to Read the Deep Blue book, who doesn’t love a book set in a library!!

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    1. Aww thank you! I know, right? But I’m not complaining, I love summer too much for that haha 🙂
      I hope you’ll get to Words in Deep Blue soon, it was amazing – not only because of the cool setting, but also for its characters and all the emotions ❤


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