Hey Tegla!

Sometimes it might seem like all we do is walk around and take pictures of our outfits, or go to fancy restaurants to have dinner. Of course, life is about so much more than that, and I thought that it might be fun to show more about our lifestyle on the blog.

Now that we officially have time off from uni I have spent a lot of my time either finding or reading books. I have always been completely obsessed with books since I was very little. At school I was just reading all day, which resulted in an extensive vocabulary, and a lack of mathematic skills. I recently found my love for reading again, and have discovered my dad’s ‘Kobo.’ This is a little gadget that you can put e-books on, and read very comfortably from. This is perfect because e-books are usually cheaper than paperbacks, and since I spend more money on books than I spend on makeup, this is an easy method of saving for me. I can spend hours online, reading reviews and going on blogs to find what is worth the read. Because I spend so much time finding the perfect books, I wanted to share my top picks for you!

Jenny Han – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, Always and Forever, Lara Jean

I don’t think I can explain to you how much joy these books have brought me. I just read the last book of the series, and have completely fallen in love with the characters. The book is about a girl, Lara Jean, who writes letters to boys in order to forget about them. Her sister sends out all the letters to the boys, and these books are basically about the consequences of that. They are very romantic, and read very easily, but also have a deeper message about growing up and getting out of your comfort zone.

Zoe Sugg – Girl Online, Girl Online: On Tour, Girl Online: Going Solo

Somehow a lot of the books that I read have something to do with mental health. I don’t pick then out specifically based on that, it just happens to be that way. Zoe Sugg, a YouTuber, has written this series about Penny who falls in love with a boy Noah, has a long-distance relationship with him, and goes on tour with him (he happens to be a famous singer), all while dealing with panic attacks. The books might be a bit unrealistic and for a younger audience, but they do perfectly capture the insecurities any girl deals with, and they have made me cry on numerous occasions.

Morgan Matson – Amy and Roger’s Detour

I read this book (in Dutch) during what was not the easiest time of my life for me. It helped me a lot during that period because the book is about a girl who starts to enjoy life again, and does that while falling in love. She goes on a road trip with a guy, and even though she is very scared to go, she learns valuable lessons along the way. One part in particular helped me a lot, where she meets a boy and he tells her what he learned from this grandma; that the next day will always be better, and if not than the next one will. It might sound silly, but at that time it just reminded me that there will always come a better day.

Stephany Perkins – Anna and the French Kiss, Isla and the Happily Ever After

I have never read any books that capture the feeling of being in love better than these books do. They are so amazing, and so incredibly romantic, that you get this really warm feeling while reading them. They are not exactly a series, but the main characters do reappear in Isla and the Happily Ever After. They both take place in Paris, and are about falling in love, but not under the easiest circumstances. Anna and the French Kiss is about a girl who falls in love with a boy who already has a girlfriend. And Isla and the Happily Ever After is about a girl who falls in love with a boy who is forced to move. If you read one books this summer, than please read Anna and the French Kiss, it will not disappoint, I promise.

Jenny Han – The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, We’ll Always Have Summer

These books perfectly describe the feeling of unconditional love, but also about the challenges of that. It has made me cry, but also made me feel very happy.  The book is about Isabel who goes to this beach house every summer with her brother and her mother. The beach house belongs to her mother’s best friend, and her two handsome sons. Of course, she falls in love, and experiences growing up. If you read one, you need to read all three. You will not be able to put it down.

I hope this list helped you to form your own summer reading list. Let me know of you have any books you love to read!




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