10 Books on my Summer Reading List

Thursday, August 03, 2017

I'm sure you'll know by now that I absolutely love reading, and summer always feels like the perfect time to get stuck into a good book. There's something so relaxing about sitting outside in the sunshine and forgetting the world you're in while you're lost in someone else's. My bookcase is absolutely heaving with unread books at the moment, so all I really need now is some sun, oh, and some time would be good too.

This year I've been a bit behind with my reading. I like to set myself a challenge of reading at least 26 books a year, and last year I achieved it easily. I had made it my focus, but this year I've had other things on my radar, and consequently not as much free time as I'd thought I'd have. I'm hoping that the next few weeks are a little more quiet, so I can tick off as many books on my summer reading list as possible!


WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS - CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE
I have had this on my 'must read' list for as long as I can remember, and it has been sat on my bookshelf untouched for the last couple of months. It's silly really, as it's so small, so shouldn't take me long to read at all. As a keen feminist I have a feeling that this book will be right up my street, and I think it will be a really important one too, so I'll probably be passing it around my friends and family once I've finished it.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE - AGATHA CHRISTIE
I have never actually read anything by Agatha Christie, but my lovely friend Stacie from Parker and Me has recommended this one. I love a good murder mystery, so I have high hopes for this one, and I can't wait to get stuck in. I've spotted that my local library have a big Agatha Christie selection, so if I do enjoy it, at least I know where I can easily get my hands on more of her work!

THE GIRLS - EMMA CLINE
I have actually just finished reading this one. I took it away with me when we went camping, and ready it in the evenings by the light of my iPhone torch with a cup of tea to keep me warm! It is a coming of age book, which a lot of people seem to love, but sadly I just didn't enjoy reading this as much as I thought I would. If you've read it I'd love to know what you thought in the comments!

BIG LITTLE LIES - LIANNE MORIARTY
I've heard so many people talk about this book, especially as it has been made into a TV series. I wanted to read it before I watched it, but I actually have no idea what to expect, so I'm hoping I enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to!

THE ESSEX SERPENT - SARAH PERRY
I have just picked this one to read last week, and at only a fifth of the way through I am already loving it. Everyone and their mum seems to be reading it, and it has really good reviews so I'm hoping I adore it as much as I think I will. It's set in Essex, as suggested by the title, which isn't very far from me, so I'm really enjoying the fact that I know some of the places that are mentioned too.


THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED - JONAS JONASSON
This book isn't a new release, but is actually one I've borrowed from a friend and have been meaning to read for a while. I love the premise of this: the idea of an 100 year old man escaping from his party and going off on a crazy adventure sounds like it will be a fun and feel-good book, so I'm really looking forward to giving it a read.

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR - PAUL KALANITHI
I have to be honest about this one, and say that I'm not actually that excited to read it. I ordered it a little while ago, and although I think it will be really interesting, I'm not sure I have the emotional stability to read a book about a man with cancer. I do think it will be deeply moving though, and it has such good reviews, so hopefully I will find the courage to give it a go.

THIS BOY - ALAN JOHNSON
Jono's dad actually lent me this one, and although it's not something I would have chosen myself, I actually think it will be really interesting. As usual with politicians, I don't really know much about Alan Johnson, but from what I can gather this book tells the story of his childhood, battling with poverty and sadly losing his parents at a young age. I'm really intrigued and think it will be a really powerful read.

CASE HISTORIES - KATE ATKINSON
My colleague and I have something of a little book club going, where we have set ourselves a reading challenge, and also share books with each other. This is one that she has lent me recently, and it is actually set in Cambridge which is the city we work in (and my hometown!) It is a crime mystery, where a detective investigates three separate cold cases, which I assume will all be connected in some way.

THE HANDMAID'S TALE - MARGARET ATWOOD
This is the last book on my summer reading list, and the only one I don't actually have a copy of, but I'm planning to borrow it from the library. I'm sure that a lot of people have already read this, either because it is something of a classic, or because there has been a recent TV adaptation, but I have heard lots of good reviews and I am keen to give it a go myself.


So that's all ten! Please let me know what you've got on your summer reading list in the comments below, and if you'd like to see how I get on please follow me on Goodreads!



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  1. Eek! Hope you manage to read And Then There Were None soon! It's amazing, I might even re-read it soon. I loved Big Little Lies, and have picked up another of her books since reading it xx

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