I don’t know what it is about summer and reading but the two match up perfectly. Whether your sat in the park within the long green grass or on a luxurious white sandy beach there’s nothing quite like a book as your relaxation companion. Here are my top 5 books for this summer.
1. Victoria Hislop – The Island
This is my must have book for the beach, I read this book myself when I lived out in Cyprus and it was the perfect tale for sitting on a Cypriot beach as it tells the story of Spinalonga a former leper colony and the village of Plaka a small Cretan village so a lot of the Greek description I could relate to. The Island has sold one million copies and even won the Richard & Judy’s Summer Read 2006. This book follows the stories of four generations and how war, violence and illegitimate love carve their families history from the 1930s until the present day.
2. Harlan Coban – Tell No One
Once you’ve started this book it’s hard to put it down, so much so that I managed to finish it in just 3 days. It’s the work of a genius that keeps you hooked throughout. I’m a fan of all Harlan Coben’s work and this is the most recent book of his that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. It follows the life of Doctor Beck and his loss of the love of his life, his wife Elizabeth and how mysterious events start unravelling after the 8th anniversary of her death. The book is fast paced and packed full of action right from the beginning. If you’re a fan of thrillers this is definitely one for you.
3. Jojo Moyes – The One Plus One
I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading The One Plus One but I have no doubt it will be of the same outstanding quality as the phenomenal Me Before You and After You books. Unsurprisingly this book is also a number one best seller about an unexpected love story. Who doesn’t love a summer romance?
4. Kate Sweeney Poulton – Oh Well What The Hell!
This isn’t as well known as the other books on the list but it definitely deserves a mention, a book by a local author it features a young girl named Holly Yellow and her life as a dyslexic. This book is full of quirky illustrations and highlights the issues faced by dyslexics through childhood into adulthood. A wonderful insight into a condition not widely understood.
5. Paula Hawkins – Into The Water
Paula Hawkins is the author of the incredible The Girl On The Train which has recently been made into a hit movie. Following suit from The Girl On The Train this book is also a thriller filled with suspense. It’s incredible to believe this is just Paula Hawkins’s second novel! Another whodunnit to keep your mind ticking over as the sun warms your skin.
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