By Victoria Bromley
From Taylor Jenkins Reid to Jane Austen, here are the books to add to your summer reading stack from a self-certified book lover.
While most of us aren’t going abroad this year because of covid, we are currently sitting at home watching the rain pour down for another typical British summer. Or maybe you have escaped to the beach and are lounging under the Spanish heat sipping cocktails. So whether you are in a tropical paradise or are dreaming of sunbathing on the sand, here is a list of books perfect to read in the sun or at home to brighten up your summer.
Daisy Jones & the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
To start off our list we begin with this historical nonfiction novel by one of the most popular authors of the year! Daisy Jones and the Six was one of the biggest bands in the 1970’s and in the present the band members are being interviewed about their success and fame. This fast paced, scandalous, dynamic and addictive book is perfect for summer.
City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert
Summer 1940 in New York City, Vivian moves in with her aunt at her theatre company and is sucked into the lavish, flashy and frivolous lifestyle of showgirls parading around the city as they please. With romance, scandal, rebellion and fashion, this novel couldn’t be more fitting for those who want to fully escape and be transported to another life.
The Holiday – T. M. Logan
What book’s more perfect to read in summer than a thriller about three families going on holiday together with one killer among them? Even if you don’t normally read thrillers, this book won’t disappoint.
Where the crawdads sing – Delia Owens
With majestic descriptions of nature and wildlife, the setting for this novel can only truly be appreciated in summer. Kya is known as “the marsh girl” in her town as her family left her when she was young to fend for herself in the marshland. As an outcast, Kyra grows up through adolescence and womanhood with great prejudice against her. So when Chase Andrews, a beloved member of the town’s community, is found dead at the bottom of the fire tower, all eyes turn to “the marsh girl”. Beautifully profound and captivating. GO READ THIS BOOK NOW!
Sweet Sorrow – David Nicholls
Sixteen, finishing secondary school, a long summer ahead of him. Charlie doesn’t know what to do with his life now that school is over. Not academically inclined, he has no aspirations for college or university like his classmates. But when he meets Fran, he is completely obsessed with her and his life has a purpose: to get as close to her as he can, even if that means joining the theatre company she’s a part of. A beautiful story about finding yourself, family relations, young love, friendship and ambition.
Everything I know about love – Dolly Alderton
This nonfiction novel depicts Dolly’s life of friendship, seeking love and figuring out how to live her life in her 20s. Such a raw, honest picture of trying to find love and not knowing how everything will turn out. Even if you have already read this book, reread it this summer!
How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne
As part of the Spinster Club trilogy, this young adult book sits in the middle of the series. But this book in particular is the one on our list as it tells the story of Amber going away to a summer camp in America to get closer to her mum. What more do you want in a summer read than American heartthrobs, new friendships and a summer camp?
The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett
Not only was Dua Lipa photographed reading this book on holiday, but Bennett’s beautiful writing alone should be enough to persuade you to read this heartfelt masterpiece. Revolving around themes of race, identity and family, twin girls Desiree and Stella leave home at sixteen to start a new life together, but many years later Desiree returns to their hometown with her daughter and hasn’t seen Stella in years.
Emma – Jane Austen
Maybe you don’t read classics, maybe you tried them once and gave up bothering to pick them up again. But this witty, surprising and romantic novel is the perfect classic to delve into on a lovely summer’s day. If you don’t fall in love with Mr Knightly, can you call yourself a romantic?
One Day – David Nicholls
Yes, Nicholls has appeared twice on this list, but with good reason. This novel narrates Emma and Dexter’s life on the 15th July every year for 20 years! This is mainly a character development driven novel, focusing on friendship, growing love and the struggles of ambition.
Hopefully this has helped you find some more books to add to your summer reading shelf. Let us know what you’re reading this summer!