Best books to read this summer

Best books to read this summer

The kids might have the summer reading challenge to keep them amused, but what books should be on your radar this summer? Well, a list compiled over on Twitter seems to list this summer’s must-read books, so we thought we’d include them here for you, in case you were looking for some inspiration on your next trip to the Library or the bookshop.

Whether you’re into thrillers or stories of domestic life, this list has something for everyone. Take a look below:

  • How do you like me now – Holly Bourne
    This is Holly Bourne’s first ‘adult’ book, she’s mostly known for writing Young Adult novels. This is the story of Tori, who seems to have everything together, but we all know things aren’t exactly always as they seem.
  • The Saphire Widow – Dinah Jefferies
    This is on the Richard and Judy Bookclub list, so you know it has to be good, this is about a couple living in Sri Lanka back in the days when it was known as Ceylon who are desperate for a child, it’s one that might stay with you for a while.
  • Promising Young Women – Caroline O’Donaghue
    This debut has been smashing expectations if the reviews are anything to go by, its the story of an office party gone wrong, being the other woman and all that salaciousness but with a gothic edge to it and that makes it something unique.
  • The Female Persuasion – Meg Wollitzer
    One for those that like their stories full of feminism, friendship and ambition. It’s the tale of Greer, a college student who is shy but uses her time at college to find herself.
  • The Lido – Libby Page
    Another one about female friendships, this story set in London is about two women who team up to save their local outdoor swimming pool. It’s pegged as a great beach read, but you could take the title seriously and also sit beside a lido to read it.
  • Swan Song – Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
    If you like historical fiction which is based on real life, you’ll love this story of old-school New York, it revolves around author Truman Capote and guarantees lots of fabulously decadent outfits and society scandal.
  • Everything I know about Love – Dolly Alderton
    Dolly Alderton is a columnist for the Sunday Times, her dating advice column is hugely popular, this memoir isn’t just about men and dating, but is also about friendship, breakups and everything else you can think of.
  • Lullaby – Leila Slimani
    This novel, translated from the original French by Sam Taylor, has been wowing critics both sides of the English Channel, this thriller, told backwards unpicks the horror of a nanny murdering the children of the middle-class family she serves. Supposedly the book is based on a real-life case that took place in Paris making it all that more creepy.
  • The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder – Sarah J Harris
    Piped as being the next Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime, this is a thriller about a boy with synaesthesia, a condition that causes people to hear colours and see sounds, called Jasper. Jasper’s neighbour Bee Larkham has gone missing and he thinks he might have seen the colours of a murder – this is a thriller with a difference and is a very strong debut.

Have you read any of these or have any other recommendations? Let us know!
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