For me there is no bigger motivation to read than the summer itself. There is something about laying under blue skies, not a cloud in sight, your favourite pair of sunglasses on and a book in hand. The perfect equation for relaxation.
Since moving to Italy, my days have been filled with sunshine and frankly I’ve become addicted to reading. I know that the English weather is quite the opposite to this but my solution over the years is to get a tropical music playlist on and pretend you’re on an exotic island somewhere. It works, I promise.
So whether you’re on holiday, in your bedroom pretending to be in Hawaii or just love to read and want some inspiration for your next book purchase; I have gathered together 4 of my summer reads that I have loved and I hope you will too!
- The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
This book was something totally new for me, which I loved.
Plot – It tells the story of an indian family in the small town of Ayemenem who experience one huge tragic event together. However, the author is amazing at telling each individual tragedy of each character within the only 400 pages of the book. The main focus of the story is the childhood of the two twins, Rahel and Estha. My heartstrings were pulled by these two, as you see how easily affected children are by the ‘small things’.
Genre – If you love a mystery family fiction book, this is for you.
Style – Also I loved the writing style of this book, it was amazing to imagine a town I would never know existed before.
Rating – 4/5. Just a drop more of a ‘happy ever after’ into the book would make it more satisfying to read.
2. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Both the book and the film have been a phenomenon this year. However, I always prefer to read the book first and be the annoying girl in the cinema saying ‘this is different from the book’, anyone else?
Plot – The story is told from the perspective of Lou Clark, the carer of Will who has been involved in a terrible accident and is now a quadriplegic, struggling to face his new life in a wheelchair. We see how two completely different people who used to lead two completely different lives are the perfect contrast for each other! If you’re looking for a tear-jerker, this book is the one.
Genre – Romantic/realistic fiction
Style – I love how the story is told in the voice of Lou, a charming, witty, funny character. She definitely adds humour to an emotional book.
Rating – 3/5. When I know I’m going to be reading a romantic fiction I want to be reading something on a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ level of romance and this book was slightly disappointing in this field. But overall, a moving story.
3. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
WOW. This is now one of my all time favourites. I’ve never been so gripped by a story as much as I was with this. I was facing the bookworm struggles of eternally reading the book with such speed to find out what was going to happen next and then I would get sad because I didn’t want it to end.
Plot – The main character, Rachel, is stuck in the typical cycle of a Londoner, constantly commuting back and forth to work, only seeing the lives of the houses she passes from the distance of the train window. However, one day she see something which brings her into the thrilling horror of what really happened across the train tracks.
Genre – A psychological thriller not to be missed.
Style – I found the style of this book interesting as it felt like mini thought clips of each character’s thoughts, especially towards the tense moments the characters changed which created an engrossing ‘whodunnit’ feel to the book.
Rating – 5/5. I’ve made my mum read it and recommended it to so many people, now including you, so stop what you’re doing and read it now!
4. Vanishing Girls – Lauren Oliver
If you haven’t guessed what kind of books I like by now… thriller is the one. The aesthetic of the front cover initially attracted me. The texture of the front cover is strongly satisfying, I’m weird I know but seriously its worth buying just for that.
Plot – A story of loss, mystery and suspicion between two sisters. As a sister I found it compelling to read.The two sisters are like chalk and cheese yet they completely understand the way each other think. During the story you’ll find yourself on the search of finding the disappearing sister. The end was a complete shock for me, emotional but an amazing plot twist!
Genre – A psychological thriller.
Style – The style is more for young adult readers, with a mixture of normal literature with diary entries and blog posts makes this the perfect book for you millennials out there!
Rating – 4/5. At first I wasn’t really enjoying this book, I must admit I got a bit bored but once the drama really started to begin I was hooked. Once I finished I wanted to re-read it because the ending really wasn’t what I expected.
Hope you enjoyed this and are celebrating National Book Lover’s Day with me!
Thanks for reading,