I have always loved reading but I find it hard to find time throughout the year will all my work and practise and socialising however, every summer, something happens and I manage to get through as many books in 2 months as I have the rest of the year combined. I love spending a sunny afternoon lying in the garden escaping into another world and especially when I am abroad lying on the beach, nothing beats a good book. This is the collection of books I have made my way through this summer so I hope you find some good recommendations.
- The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George- This was a recommendation from my mum as a lighthearted, summer book and it was just that. It’s about a man who runs a bookshop on a barge in Paris. When a new lady moves into his building, she inspires him to go off in search of his long lost lover to find himself and be happy again. It is such a warming and light book.
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger- This is my all time favourite book and about my 5th time reading it but it still makes me cry. It’s about a man who can travel in time but has no control over when or where he goes. He falls in love with this girl and the book is basically about the struggle of the uncertainty of him being around in their relationship.
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green- I am an avid John Green fan and this the only one of his books that I haven’t read so naturally, it was next on my list. The book is about a boy called Colin who has only ever dated girls called Katherine (19 of them!) After being dumped by Katherine 19, him and his best friend go on a roadtrip with a mission for Collin (a child prodigy) to prove his theorem and finally win his girl. It is a very lighthearted and funny read.
- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven- This (and the next book) were recommendations from the Zoella bookclub. I loved this book so much and found myself getting really attached to the characters. It was one of these books that I just had to keep reading to know what would happen next. It’s about 2 people who meet at the op of a clocktower, about to take their lives but persuade each other not to. He teaches her to live again and enjoy life but he grows weaker and needs her help.
- Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon- This was quite an easy read (I think aimed at younger readers) but I still really enjoyed it. It’s about a girl, Maddy, who has SCID which basically means she is allergic to the world and she hasn’t left her house in 17 years. A boy, Olly, moves in next door and they begin talking on the internet and of course they fall in love and that complicates everything. It is a beautiful story of how far people will go for love. It is good light reading and I did feel drawn into the characters lives.
- Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert- This is the only book I haven’t yet read (another recommendation from my mum). It’s about a woman who decides she is unhappy in her life and with her husband and goes travelling the world to try and find what she’s been missing in Rome, India and Bali. I get the impression it’s going to be another unlifting and inspiring book.
- The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins- I read this book at the beginning of summer but have leant it to a friend so couldn’t take a photo of the cover. The film is coming out this year so I wanted to make sure I read the book before then. It was quite a dark, intense book that constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s about a woman who gets the sane train everyday and always sees the same couple in their house and then one day she sees in the paper that the girl has gone missing, Although she doesn’t know these people, she feels she has seen things that will help the police. To complicate things, she is an alcoholic and there are nights that she just can’t remember.
I am always looking for new books to read so any recommendations you have would be so appreciated!
Meg x x x