The Summer Bucket List Tag

I was tagged by Felicia and Stephanie @ Bookishly Slytherclaw for The Summer Bucket List Tag.  Thank you so much for tagging me, it was really fun completing it.  I made it extra hard on myself and tried to pick books that I have read this year to fit the categories – even better if it was in the summer.


  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of my (Tiffany’s) graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.  Loved too… but I’m bad at this so… I tag everyone?

37539698. sx318 The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake

This book gave me so many feels! Family drama, exploring sexuality, friendship – everything you could want… if you wanted to feel both happy and sad.  This middle-grade is amazing and I gave it 5 stars.  Oh and did I mention it took place by the beach (Flordia). Love, love, love this book! You should go read it!

Trigger: child sickness, hospitals

40381392Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber

Okay, so this is probably not one of the first ones you would think of when you hear “firey romance”, but to be honest I haven’t read many.  Most of the romances I have read are cute/sweet and I don’t think fit here and others are more just sex and no romance – so this is what you get lol.  I plan on reading other books that would fit this category later in the year.

Since this is a sequel, I won’t go into the book.  But Caraval is about a magical… well Caraval… where you compete to win a prize/wish.  It is where you never know what is truth and what is a lie.  I absolutely love it and the characters are just perfectly, imperfect.

37880094The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee

This book has you travelling by sea, through the Atlantic.  First, we start in Edinburgh then travel to England then to Germany to Zurich – all so Felicity can finally follow her dreams of being a doctor.  This story was enjoyable, despite missing my favourite characters (for the most part), Monty and Percy.  There was adventure and fun and friendship.  I had wished for a little more exploration of Felicity being Ace, but that really didn’t affect the story.


41893832Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

This book was a perfect blend of fantasy and scifi within our own world!   The characters were amazing and relatable and the villans were heartless and perfectly on brand!  This book to me was Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series on crack!  I will forever promote this book!  I reviewed it shortly after I read it here.

Triggers: violence, blood, psychological and physical abuse

26114463Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

If I’m being honest, the first time I tried to read this book I wasn’t in the mood.  Fast forward a six months later and wow I couldn’t put it down! The audiobook was amazing and humourous.  I fell in love with Mia and Mr. Kindly.  I can’t wait to start Godsgrave, but sadly I will have to wait until next month since I’m doing a buddy read.  Please note, this is a graphic book and does have explicit sex scenes along with violence.

Trigger: violence, blood, torture

29225589. sx318 Bloom by Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau

Ok this one was a little harder to pinpoint.  I have read lots of sweet romances including Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West (Review here) and 99 Days by Katie Cotugno, but this one by far is my favourite.  This was one that was slow to start and then once it did I wanted more of it! I’m kind of upset there hasn’t been an announcement for a sequel – please tell me I’m wrong!

This follows the blooming ( 😉 )relationship between Ari and Hector while working at Ari’s family bakery – and boy did I want so many baked goods while reading this one on top of the cutest romance.


35398627. sy475 Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

This one is another cute middle-grade with a hard topic.  Written in verse, this book was a breath of fresh air after I read three scifi graphic novels in a row that disappointed me.  We are introduced to Jude when she lived in Syria and we follow her when she travels to USA to live with her mom and uncle.  We see, through innocent eyes, all the wonders of a new country and the heartbreak it can bring at times.  I loved reading this, despite the hard topic it was a delight.

Rep: Syrian immigrant (diversity)
Triggers: topics of war and rebellion, separation from family, racism

43204703. sy475 A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

This one was a harder one – it seems like most of the books I’ve been reading lately have a character overcoming an obstacle.  But I’ve decided to pick Harper from A Curse so Dark and Lonely.  Harper, you could say, deals with many obstacles in her story.  The one with the least amount of spoilers attached to it is after being kidnapped, she has to survive this new world and find her way back to our world (Washington, DC).  This was such a great Beauty and the Beast retelling and I ended up loving all the characters and the obstacles they had to overcome.

Rep: Disability (diversity)

41154268With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

This one was by far the easiest book to pick out! I haven’t read many books relating to food or having food in them, but this one had the main focus being food and boy was I wanting all the food while reading this one!  Emoni takes a culinary class in school and learns to cook from an amazing chef.

Rep: Latinx, afro-latinx (Diversity), teen mothers


40591956Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby

Not only is this cover gorgeous, but it has an inspiring message to go with it.  This story follows Fig and her father.  Fig is trying to connect better with her father, who was an artist.  In order to do that she decided to take an art class and study Van Gogh.  She starts to see many similarities between her father and Van Gogh and tries to help him better through his episodes.  I was inspired by Fig because she tries so hard to help her father and take care of him, well before her time to be an adult.  She’s even brave enough to start questioning her sexuality.  If you haven’t read this middle-grade book, I highly suggest it (review)!

Rep: Bipolar, LGBTQ+ (sexual identities not stated/labelled)

Well there you have it.  Some amazing summer reads linked to fun summer activities.  Thank you Felicia and Stephanie @ Bookishly Slytherclaw for tagging me – this was fun!  Please go check them out along with Candyce @ The Book DutchessesJoAnne @ Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books, and Melanie and Mireille @ TBR and Beyond for their own lists.

Let me know if you have any suggestions for the prompts above – I’d love to get more ideas 🙂


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