Full disclosure, these are all books I’ve got on my own holiday reading wishlist so I can’t guarantee they’ll be the best books in the world as I’ve not read them myself yet. However, they’re the books that I’ve deemed worthy enough to take up far too much space in my suitcase this summer.
I tend to read Young Adult fiction but I’m also a sucker for a soppy romance novel and nosey enough that, if it’s the right person, I’ll delve right into an autobiography. As a bonus, some of my choices are a few years old meaning they’re now selling at a discounted price!
Want to know what to read this summer? Here are six books you should definitely take on holiday:
1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
With rave reviews from ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ author John Green, Eleanor & Park is Rainbow Rowell’s first young adult novel and has been praised by readers and critics alike.
Written in a dual narrative (which I love), Eleanor and Park tell their tale of friendship in the 1980s. While the book is described as a romance novel, it is also underpinned with darker themes.
On paper, this novel ticks all the boxes for me – depth, emotion, multiple narratives and, who doesn’t love a bit of ’80s culture?
2. How to be a Grown-Up by Daisy Buchanan
I’ve followed Daisy on Twitter for a while now and whether she’s tweeting about childhood anecdotes, writing about her love of the movie Clueless or sharing her honest experiences about mental health, my takeaway is always the same – this woman could quite easily be one of my friends.
Daisy’s writing makes you feel so much empathy that you can’t help but read on. That’s why I think ‘How to be a Grown Up’ is likely to be the book that keeps me away from the swimming pool most this summer.
3. The Cows by Dawn O’Porter
I am SO late to the Dawn O’Porter reading club but having loved Paper Aeroplanes I can’t wait to delve in to The Cows. Apparently it’s a little more mature than her previous releases, being labelled ‘adult’ rather than ‘young adult’ but the concept sounds compelling and it has received great reviews.
The Cows is described as a ‘powerful novel about three women’ who need to find their own voice and “avoid following the herd”.
4. Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon
Emma is another person that I’ve followed on Twitter for a long time and I’ve seen her career go from strength to strength. I originally started following her as I was a fan of her ‘Girl Lost In City’ blog (now emmagannon.co.uk). Since I discovered her blog she has started her own podcast, interviewed some incredible people and, yep, she’s the girl you’ve been seeing on the telly in her very own Microsoft advert.
Emma is only a few years older than I am and, judging by the reviews, I will find this book incredibly relatable. Of the 44 reviews on Amazon, 41 are 5* and the rest are 4*, I’d say odds are this one will be well worth the money.
5. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I LOVE Amy Poehler. I discovered Parks & Recreation a few years ago and have been obsessed with all things Leslie Knope/Amy since.
While it’s a dead cert that the book will be full of wonderful anecdotes and inspirational thoughts, it also looks GORGEOUS. I am a bit of a stationery nerd and I LOVE the fact that the book has been printed on top quality paper. Not only that, the pictures of Amy truly pop off the page. My love for Amy Poehler is undoubtedly going to grow when reading this.
6. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
When I first got into reading Sophie Kinsella was my go-to author. Her books are what I can only describe as being ‘easy reads’ whilst also being absolute page turners at the same time.
From the blurb I can already tell that ‘My Not So Perfect Life’ will appeal to me, and indeed many other millennials. The main character’s life seems peachy on social media but in reality things aren’t so great and after losing her job, she ends up moving back to her parent’s house and helping with their business.
After making the tough decision to leave my job and go back to doing my freelance work from home as and when I feel well enough, I feel that this book is likely to resonate with me.
Do you have any great book recommendations? If so, let me know!
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