Sometimes we can associate reading with autumn evenings, cup of tea or coffee in hand, but for me, I love a good Summer read.
From being on Summer holidays from school and allowing myself to read well into the night, to sitting out on the sun lounger, some of my best reading memories have come from the Summer months.
As we are fast approaching mid-June and peak holiday season (whether abroad or at home), I thought I would share my top six reads for Summer.
All We Left Unsaid by Natalie K Martin
“Sisters Jess and Ivy have always shared everything – childhood memories, a flat, a love of romcoms. As different as they are, together they’re the perfect balance, with Jess’s calm elegance complementing Ivy’s spirit and thirst for adventure.
But there is one thing – one person – they can’t share: Ivy’s friend, Finn. And when Jess falls for him, the betrayal cuts deep, forming a chasm between the two sisters that widens with every passing day….
Years after that fateful falling out, Jess receives a call that changes everything and throws her on a journey following in her wilder sister’s footsteps, to discover what happened to Ivy. But is it ever too late to say you’re sorry?”
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
“What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?
Alex Claremont-Diaz is handsome, charismatic, a genius – pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House ever since his mother first became President of the United States. There’s only one problem. When the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an altercation between Alex and Prince Henry, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.
Heads of family and state devise a plan for damage control: stage a truce. But what begins as a fake, Instagrammable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon they are hurtling into a secret romance that could derail the presidential campaign and upend two nations.”
Dis(connected): How to Stay Human in an Online World by Emma Gannon
“Millennials might have grown up online but now they want to log off. And it’s not just millennials. A year of lockdowns, Zoom meetings and reduced physical contact has made us more dependent on the internet than ever before – but has it lost its humanity?
Our focus on community and real connection has been sent off-course and we’re becoming more aware of how the algorithm manipulates us and how our data has made us a product to be sold. So, where do we go from here and how can we get back on track? (Dis)connected examines these topics and offers tangible tips and advice for those of us who might feel a little lost right now and want to find themselves again.”
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“Everybody knows Daisy Jones and the Six.
From the moment Daisy walked barefoot on to the stage at the Whisky, she and the band were a sensation.
Their sound defined an era. Their albums were on every turntable. They played sold-out arenas from coast to coast.
Then, on 12 July 1979, it all came crashing down.
They were lovers, friends, brothers. But they were also rivals.
This is the story of their legendary rise and irrevocable fall. A story of ambition, desire, heartbreak and music.
Everyone was there. Everyone remembers it differently. Nobody knew why they split. Until now…”
None of This Is Serious by Catherine Prasifka
“Dublin student life is ending for Sophie and her friends. They’ve got everything figured out, and Sophie feels left behind as they all start to go their separate ways. She’s overshadowed by her best friend Grace. She’s been in love with Finn for as long as she’s known him. And she’s about to meet Rory, who’s suddenly available to her online.
At a party, what was already unstable completely falls apart and Sophie finds herself obsessively scrolling social media, waiting for something (anything) to happen.
None of This Is Serious is about the uncertainty and absurdity of being alive today. It’s about balancing the real world with the online, and the vulnerabilities in yourself, your relationships, your body. At its heart, this is a novel about the friendships strong enough to withstand anything.”
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
“Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Her whole life is books.
Charlie is an editor with a gift for creating bestsellers. And he’s Nora’s work nemesis.
Nora has been through enough break-ups to know she’s the one men date before finding their happy-ever-after. To prevent another dating dud, Nora’s sister has persuaded her to swap her city desk for a month’s holiday in Sunshine Falls.
It’s a small town straight out of a romance novel, but instead of meeting sexy lumberjacks, handsome doctors or cute bartenders, Nora keeps bumping into…Charlie.
She’s no heroine. He’s no hero. So can they take a page out of an entirely different book?”
So, they are my current go-to books to read this Summer. I hope by including the synopsis of each book, it helps you get a better idea of what they are about. I have included fiction, romance, music and disconnection from the online world (perhaps to get you reading even more) in the list so hopefully there is something for everyone who reads this post.