This past 18 months has seen more & more people looking for a form of escapism and my personal favourite way is through reading. What is better than fully immersing yourself into a new world, other people’s lives and relationships and escaping the mundane. We are here to recommend the best books to read this summer. We have a whole variety of genres from romance to eerie thrillers- all make for easy reading.
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BEST BOOKS TO READ THIS SUMMER
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren // Link*
This is the perfect summer read in my opinion – I mean the cover alone screams summer but the majority of the book is also set in Hawaii. It is light-hearted, fun, sexy and charming! It is the perfect blend of fake dating and enemies-to-lovers tropes, both I absolutely LOVE.
The honeymoon of a lifetime . . . with her sworn enemy
Olive is always unlucky; her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. While she’s about to marry her dream man, Olive is forced to play nice with her nemesis: the best man, Ethan.
Yet Olive’s luck may be on the turn . . . When the entire wedding – except for Olive and Ethan – gets food poisoning, there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs. Putting their mutual hatred aside, Olive and Ethan head for paradise. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him spirals out of control.
Forced to play loving newlyweds, she and Ethan find themselves in closer proximity than they ever expected. Soon, Olive finds that maybe she doesn’t mind pretending. In fact, she’s beginning to feel kind of . . . lucky.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley // Link*
I absolutely love atmospheric thrillers and The Guest List is exactly that. A dramatic thriller set on a remote island in the middle of a storm. I eat that shit up. It is a fast-paced thriller with a huge build up to the ending. You know from the very beginning of the book that there is a murder, we then see multiple perspectives and the lead up to the murder.
On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.
Old friends. Past grudges.
Happy families. Hidden jealousies.
Thirteen guests. One body.
The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.
All have a secret. All have a motive. One guest won’t leave this wedding alive . . .
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The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid // Link*
One of my all time favourite books! Taylor Jenkins Reid has a way of writing characters that are so incredibly realistic, it genuinely felt like I was reading a non-fiction book. Every second of this book is completely engaging. I can’t say much more about this as there are lots of twists & turns but it is honestly excellent!
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
FROM BLOOD AND ASH BY JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT \\ LINK*
Every book lover and their dog have heard of this fantasy romance series and for good reason. It is EXCELLENT. One of my all time favourites. An incredible cast of characters, fast paced plot and oh the smut… it is great. The story kicks off from the very first page! If you love Sarah J Maas then you will 100% enjoy this series.
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.
The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo // Link*
This story was so moving and heartfelt, addled with grief, loss and having your world altered due to death and family secrets. All of this came together in verse. This looks at the parallel lives of half sisters, raised in different countries (USA & Dominican Republic) and comparing the lives that they have been able to live.
Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…
In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.
Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.
And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.
There you have it – the best books to read this summer! Have you read any of these?