A pool, a cocktail and a good book – surely that’s not just our ideal summer activity?

Is there anything that sounds better right now – apart from £1 million, obvs.

For many of us, reading is that one activity that gets put on the back burner. We all want to do it but food shopping, ironing and dare we say it, Netflix, come first! Hence why a holiday read is so special.

It’s the one time a year when our phones are put down – the only time we are grateful for a lack of signal – and focus on… nothing!

Get me on that beach ASAP!

Woman reading on the beach

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Thriller

In January Christina McDonald’s debut novel, The Night Olivia Fell was released. Goodreads describe it as an:

’emotionally charged domestic suspense novel about a mother unraveling the truth behind how her daughter became brain dead. And pregnant’.

Sounds like the good kind of weird!

Last December another debut novel was published into the thriller genre. J. P. Pomare’s Call Me Evie ‘explores the fragility of memory and the potential in all of us to hide the truth, even from ourselves’. 

Alex Michaelides’ The Silent Patient took the world by storm in February and no one has been able to stop talking about it! He has written the movie The Devil You Know (2013) as well as co-writing The Brits Are Coming (2018). Entertainment Weekly review it as:

‘An unforgettable—and Hollywood-bound—new thriller… A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy’.

Cover of The Night Olivia FellImage Source/ Amazon

Chick Lit

Everybody’s fave chick lit author, Sophie Kinsella, released a new novel, I Owe You One, earlier this year. The book explores the idea of sorting out your own messy life before you give advice on how someone else should sort theirs. Anyone else thinking this might be a mandatory read for them this summer?

If you’re after something a bit different, Maddie Dawson’s, Matchmaking For Beginners is probably the novel for you. Associated Press said it is:

A delightful, light-as-air romance that successfully straddles the line between sweet and smart without ever being silly…The novel is simply captivating from beginning to end’. 

Mhairi McFarlane’s Don’t You Forget About Me has the tag line: ‘Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to rise again…’ – it sounds like someone is narrating my life! Famous author Marian Keyes said that she: ’loved it! So funny and warm. A delicious read’. If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me!

Cover of I Owe You OneImage Source/ Amazon

Autobiographies

Tan France is the British fashionista that we all love and you can imagine our excitement when we discovered he was releasing an autobiography. Released in June this year, Naturally Tan explores what it was like for Tan growing up gay in a strict muslim household, his fashion calling and his American dream.

We were all shocked to hear the devastating story of the death of Simon Thomas’ wife, three days after she had been diagnosed with cancer. In his new book, Love, Interrupted he recounts what it was like in those first few days and how he and his son have rebuilt their lives. Tissues at the ready, ladies.

Our final choice is a real inspirational story. Sarah Vallance’s Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain explores Sarah’s: ‘fight for a new life after a devastating brain injury’. Trust me, this one will remind you of just how lucky you are.

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Murder Mystery

Andrea Bartz’s The Lost Night was published in April 2019 and since then, everyone has adored it! As well as placing it on their ‘Best Books’ lists. The blurb starts:

What really happened the night Edie died? Ten years later, her best friend Lindsay will learn how unprepared she is for the truth’.

You know you’re in for a shocking ride.

Yet another book to be released this year, Dea Poirier’s Next Girl To Die sees Claire trying to solve the fifteen-year investigation of her sister, Rachel’s, death. However, when she becomes the killer’s next target, it’s a race against time to find him before he finds her.

A debut novel which has taken the world by storm is Julia Phillips’ Disappearing Earth. The New York Times reviewed it and stated that it is a:

‘superb debut… a novel in the form of overlapping short stories about the women who are affected both directly and indirectly by the kidnapping. [It] expose[s] the ways in which the women of Kamchatka are fragmented personally, culturally and emotionally not only by the crime that jump-starts the novel, but by place, identity and the people who try, and often fail, to understand them’.

Cover of The Lost NightImage Source/ Amazon

Science Fiction

Renowned sci-fi author, Blake Crouch, is back with a new novel, Recursion. The tag line is: Memory makes reality’ – well, duh! But this is science fiction, nothing is ever so simple, as Barry Sutton and Helena Smith are about to find out.

Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen explores a blood divided by two types of blood: the commoner reds and the elite silvers. Mare, a red blooder, realises she has a whole new kind of power and the silvers kidnap her to prevent the secret from getting out. But will they be able to succeed?

Michael Shotter’s 309 sees Lisa Hudson try to figure out life in a new reality. The blurb states:

‘For her, the world will never be the same. For you, the journey is just beginning’.

It sounds as if this one will have you clinging to every word!

cover of RecursionImage Source/ Amazon