I read a lot while I was in the Maldives and it tends to be my favourite holiday activity especially if I get to do it in the sun. There is no better way to switch off than get lost inside a book with the stories and characters. I tend to get a lot of books second hand but I do also treat myself to new books from time to time, I think I’ve been worse for this this year too. I’m blaming all of the amazing books that have come out this year!
On this list are a range of books from gripping fiction stories to personal memoirs, some I have read and others I picked up recently and are currently on my ‘to read’ list but I know others who have loved them.
Books to read on your summer holiday
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I adored this book with the twists and turns it took, the beginning was a little slow but once the story ramped up it had me on tender hooks! I loved how the story unravelled and that it isn’t until you get to the end you find out all the small details and realise just how much Eleanor Oliphant is not completely fine. It also gives you a gentle reminder to be nice to people because you don’t know what kind of day they are having or if your words will have a big affect on them.
The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
I bought this book years ago while we were in the airport in Copenhagen but then it sat on my bookshelf and that’s where it stayed for months and months. I finally read it earlier this year and I have no idea why I left it on the shelf for so long. It takes a little bit of getting into the style of the book but once I’d done that I was eager to find out what new thing she learnt every month. By the end of the book I was booking my plane tickets and moving to Denmark.
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Anderton
I have to say I only picked up this book because of all the hype around it but I was not disappointed! I loved this book from start to finish and the whole time I was there with Dolly, along side every decision she made and willing for the next one to turn out right. Throughout I cringed, I laughed, I felt sad, I cried and I reminisced about my childhood on MSN chat too. A book I thought was going to be about falling in love was an entirely different story of friendship and the love between your best friend. It was brilliant.
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
Jojo is now onto her third book about Louisa Clark and I wasn’t sure if she’d be able to invent a new story line to keep the character and book alive but she did. I loved this just as I have loved her previous two books about Lou. It had all the typical things we love about Lou but it also have new dilemmas that were thrown at her. The best thing I loved about the book was reminding you to stay true to yourself no matter what situation you end up in. Also as some in a long distance relationship I cried my heart out for parts of this book.
Books on my ‘to read’ list
Places I Stopped on the Way Home – Meg Fee
I’ve heard great things about this book from people on Instagram and cannot wait to start reading it. I’m excited to start reading this memoir about love, friendship, failure, suffering and hope. Just like Dolly Anderton’s book I feel this is going to be a book I live the emotions of as I read it.
Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
I had seen people reading this on Twitter and the title was enough to draw me in. I’ve since heard people saying they loved it. A fiction story set in the 70s which is a story of secrets and longing. Sounds like my kind of page turner.
Little Fire Everywhere – Celeste Ng
As if one book by Celeste wasn’t enough I also picked up this little ditty at the same time. Although it sounds like a similar gripping fiction read to her other book I was drawn to it because it was recommend to people who liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.
Keep an eye on Instagram to find out how I enjoyed the final three, and if you’ve read one of them I’d love to hear your thoughts.
What are your favourite books to read this summer?
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