The days are getting longer and the sun is making itself known more frequently….it can only mean one thing….Summer is almost upon us.
Summer is definitely my favourite time of year…gin and tonics, beer gardens, eating outside in the garden but most of all….all of those glorious hours to read outside in the sunshine!
Every year, I ensure I make the most of my summer by compiling a ‘Summer Reading List’ which accurately reflects the season and all the feelings of possibility and wanderlust that come with it.
So what should be on your reading list this summer?
I wanted to provide a list which consisted of some books that I have previously enjoyed and could recommend but also other books which I have noticed and have put on my list.
‘The Summer of Impossible Things’ by Rowan Coleman
I know I am committing a cardinal sin here but I did find the front cover intriguing as soon as I saw it. Bold and vibrant reds, the summer colours really grabbed my attention. The tagline for this books reads ’emotional and uplifting’ which I’m not sure can always go hand in hand but this is one on my list to read this summer and not just because it was featured on ITV for Zoe Ball’s book club.
The story surrounds the character Luna who lost her mother 30 years previously. All we know is that something awful happened to her and there is an opportunity for Luna and her sister to visit her birthplace and get some answers.
By some unusual occurrence, Luna meets her mother as a young woman and is given the chance to save her but there are some life changing consequences attached to the decision.
I am definitely looking forward to trying this one out as most reviews I have seen are generally positive and praising Coleman on her writing style.
‘The Pyschology of Time Travel’ by Kate Mascarenhas
This is a book I read some time ago but I made light work of it and finished it in 2 days. It is a wonderful story and is perfect for those summer afternoons by the pool or sitting out in your garden with a glass of vino.
The story is set in 3 different time frames; the 60’s, 2017 and 2018. It follows a group of women who make a groundbreaking scientific discovery; time travel. When a woman is found killed in the modern day, the different time lines collide and secrets are unveiled.
You will lose yourself in the lives of these intriguing characters and will find yourself guessing the conclusion right up until the last page. With themes of family, love, loyalty and a little bit of girl power, this is the perfect summer book for fans of Sci Fi mingled with some romance and drama.
‘The King Tides’ by James Swain.
This is a book which I found by chance and have never really seen it advertised anywhere else but I am so glad I read it.
Set in the height of Summer in California, the writing style is so descriptive and engaging that you can almost feel the soaring temperatures and picture the dazzling beaches written about in this thrilling story.
This crime book pulls you in from the very first page and I found myself completely infatuated with the lead character; Jon Lancaster. As an ex-navy seal, he is a seasoned private investigator and his expertise are called upon when he is confronted with a stalking case involving a young girl.
As he delves deeper into the investigation, he makes alarming discoveries and we are taken on a story with twists that you just don’t expect. The tension mixed with the alluring scenes of California make for a delicious story that you won’t be able to put down.
‘The Bed and Breakfast On The Beach’ by Kat French
This is one which is on my to-read list as I always like to have a book which is a laid back read with a beautiful setting to reflect those summer scenes. I don’t like to use the words ‘chick-lit‘ but this is a genre I read from time to time to put a smile on my face and give me those chilled feels for the summer holidays.
It is set in Greece (a place I have never visited but would love to) and revolves around best friends Winnie, Stella and Frankie. Following traumatic events in their lives, the friends spontaneously decide to buy a Greek B&B and set off to find adventure and sunshine.
Needless to say, there is romance and mystery with some secrets surfacing surrounding the friends’ newly acquired B&B and enlightening experiences giving the ladies cause to reevaluate their lives.
I am excited to read this one as I think it will be a poignant and uplifting read which is just what I need for those long summer days and bright, humid evenings.
‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller
I loved this book as Greek Mythology fascinates me and this story has the perfect balance of magic, romance and Greek Gods. Circe was said to be the daughter of the god Helios and was considered to be a sorceress according to Greek mythology.
The story sees her birth and growing up seemingly as an outcast and shunned by her family. As her magical gift evolves, she is seen as a threat and is banished to an island to live alone. Here, she matures and flourishes, perfecting her gift and becoming the ultimate female role model in the process.
Miller has a beautiful writing style and I became totally mesmerised by the use of magic and Greek myth in an exciting and thrilling story.
‘Country Life’ by Paul O’Grady
As fiction doesn’t always have to be everybody’s go to, I decided to include an autobiography on the list because these are always fascinating and I love finding out more about my favourite celebrities.
I have been a fan of Paul O’Grady for some time. Not only do I find him hilarious but his work with animals and for animal charities (particularly Battersea Dogs Home) melts my heart and makes me love him even more.
This book was a brilliant reflection of his choice to up sticks and move to the Kent countryside. A funny, honest and sometimes poignant view of his experience, I thoroughly enjoyed his anecdotes about his animals and the transition from a busy city life to a rural, countryside one.
As well as real-life accounts, O’Grady also includes some handy tips for those considering the farm life, as well as helpful recipes from his own personal cook book.
Perfect for those wanting to experience fictionally, a summer in the British Countryside.
What is on your summer reading list? Did any of these take your fancy? Get in touch and let me know your thoughts!