This time around we are bringing you a list of book for a perfect summer vacation, a list of books that will keep you entertained and a list of books that will open or should we say reopen your mind to the beauty of reading. Everyone (well almost) loves to read and here is a list of books that you should really collect before settling down for an amazing vacation with a cup of iced tea or iced coffee whichever one your prefer, we can guarantee that you will not be disappointed. Read on to find out more.
10. Not That Kind of Girl
There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told,” writes Lena Dunham, and it certainly takes guts to share the stories that make up her first book, Not That Kind of Girl. These are stories about getting your butt touched by your boss, about friendship and dieting (kind of) and having two existential crises before the age of 20. Stories about travel, both successful and less so, and about having the kind of intimacy where you feel like keeping your sneakers on in case you have to run away during the act.
9. The Goodluck of Right now
Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother for 38 years. Sheltered from life and afflicted with certain mental and physical limitations, Neil is more than lost when his mother dies. He explores his feelings in a series of letters to his mother’s favorite actor, Richard Gere. Weird? Yes. Wonderful? Yes. This quirky novel, from the author of “Silver Linings Playbook,” is about a middle-aged man who comes to discover that there is a place for all of us in this world, even those who don’t quite fit in.
8.The Fault in Our Stars
The Faults in Our Stars is a young adult fiction novel based on a 16 year old girl who has cancer. The book itself has captured many readers and there’s a film of it, which will appear in cinemas soon. Because so many people have read the book already, I could not avoid some spoilers before I reading it; like the death of an important character. I really enjoyed this book nonetheless. It was a joy to read, even though the story itself is very sad.
7. The Lemon Grove
Fans of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls will love this summer’s story of the forbidden fruit, with similar poetic undertones. Jenn and Greg have been married for 14 years, and they’re enjoying their annual summer vacation at a beloved village on the island of Mallorca (who knew Mallorca would be such a hot spot in fiction this season? See above, The Vacationers). It’s always the same blissful routine for this May-September couple: beach, wine, sex. But this year, Greg’s teenage daughter brings her appealingly badass boyfriend, Nathan. Jenn is instantly, insanely attracted to her stepdaughter’s man—and what follows is a sultry, sexy romp through a sea of simmering resentments, moral dilemmas, and questions about loyalty and forgiveness.
6. The Three
The three by Sarah Lotz had us at the back cover: “Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists the Three are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he’s right?” Seriously, didn’t you just get chills down your spine? There’s no better season for curling up with a creepy thriller, and Lotz’s faux oral history is just real enough to make you wonder…is it possible that Black Thursday actually happened and you just missed it? Luckily, no, this is fiction—but you’ll lose yourself in Lotz’s creepy, harrowing, superbly realistic tale.
We’ve read lots of novels about childhood friendships and the post-college years, when a handful of cronies pile into a dingy apartment and share shoes and almond butter. But what happens to pairs of friends when they reach their thirties? When the plans they sketched out over cheap wine are stalled in the blueprint stage? This crew is woefully underrepresented in fiction. Which is why we picked up Emily Gould’s Friendship and devoured it like a bowl of delicious ramen noodles (you know you love them). Meet Bev and Amy: best friends at a crossroads, one of near-poverty, one of stasis; one of invisibility, one too visible, thanks to her own gaffe. Both are humbled by life, for different reasons, and so the question is, will they proceed into midlife as a team or will their differences pull them apart?
4. The Hunger Games
This is the second time I have read The Hunger Games! And since reading it the first time round I’ve wanted to read it again! But I just have so many books I haven’t read and it’s hard to balance it right but finally I’ve decided to read them again! The Hunger Games was DEFINITELY the best series I read last year! I would really suggest reading it if you haven’t yet! It’s really different from lots of the other stuff I read. And it’s a good book to take you somewhere else; I could really get into The Hunger Game and I’ve been able to get into it reading it the second time round. Although it is more difficult reading it the second time round because I have now seen the film and I imagined it completely differently to how they did it in the film – and I liked my version better. I’m going straight onto the next one, Catching Fire, as you can’t resist reading them all as quickly as possible as soon as you’ve started!
3. The Divergent Series
Divergent is one novel that had me jumping out of my seat, biting my nails to the quick as I was drawn into Beatrice’s world, cheering her on one minute, and wanting to cry with her the next. She does have her moments where she seems a little cold like when she wishes one boy would stop sniveling, and you see why Abnegation didn’t suit her. But then the next minute she is putting herself in danger for someone else, and you understand why she has a bit of a split personality. She’s been born into a society that believes you can only have one quality, and she has to figure out on her own that being brave dosen’t mean that she has to give up being selfless as well. As she fights to stay in the competition, for only ten initiates will be able to call their new faction familiy, I couldn’t help but root for her. Beatrice has a lot to learn, but it’s through obstacles and the friendship’s she makes that she ultimately finds herself. This is one book that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who loves action, bravery, a little romance, and a ton of adventure. Be forewarned that it will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and eagerly anticipating a sequel!
2. Girl with a Dragon Tattoo
This book is fast-paced with extremely well-drawn characters, especially Salander whose flawed but endearing personality readers can’t help but root for. The relationship between Blomkvist and Salander is touching but tense, which adds to the sexual intrigue. Though the descriptions are sometimes overwritten, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of the best reads I’ve had in a long time.
1. Where Rainbows End
Last but not the least, the last entry on our list of books that are perfect for the summer is “Where Rainbows End“. We really loved this book. It is definitely one of those novels that lingers with you well after you have finished reading it. The characters were loveable, (Rosie and Alex especially) and I loved the humour. It really questions your thoughts and ideas on love and fate. In my opinion this is definitely a story of true love. The events that occur in Rosie and Alex’s life really test their friendship and love for each other. Cecelia Ahearn has done a remarkable job at bringing the characters to life and her writing style also captures the heart. Thank you Cecelia for a wonderful novel!