5 Summer Reads

It is summer time, some of you will be off on wonderful holidays and others won’t be. I am in the latter, sadly. That doesn’t mean that I can’t grab a book and take myself to a sunny patch. Got to top up that vitamin D. Honestly, sitting in the sun isn’t really one of my favourite things to do. I’d rather sit on my bed and read my book but a gal can dream of being a sunlover.

Sometimes taking time out to read a book is just what the doctor ordered. Being on holiday is the perfect time to induldge in some binge reading. By the pool maybe with a mojito. *Sigh*


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Paula Hawkins ‘Into the Water’

Everyone and their Auntie read ‘The Girl on the Train‘ a couple of years ago. ‘Into the Water‘ is Paula Hawkin’s second novel and promises to be as gripping and thrilling as a her debut.

“In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .”

Roxane Gay ‘Bad Feminist’

Recently I have read a lot about Roxane Gay and her writing so when pay day rolled around that I had to pick up ‘Bad Feminist’ This is a collection of essasy and is about becoming a woman.

“In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.”

David McKttrick & David McVea ‘Making sense of the troubles’

I am a firm believer that in order to understand how we got to where we are then we must first understand what happened before. The Troubles have always been of interest to me but I haven’t done a lot of reading on the topic area.

“First published ten years ago, Making Sense of the Troubles is widely regarded as the most ‘comprehensive, considered and compassionate’ (Irish Times) history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Written by a distinguished journalist and a teacher of history in Northern Ireland, it surveys the roots of the problems from 1921 onwards, the descent into violence in the late 60s, and the three terrible decades that followed. McKittrick and McVea have now fully updated the book to take into account the momentous events of the last ten years, including the disbanding of the IRA, Ian Paisley’s deal with the Republicans and the historic power-sharing government in Belfast.”

Kate Atkinson ‘One Good Turn’

I’m a big fan of Atkinson. This is the second in the Jackson Brodie series, these books are really gripping and action packed.

“It is summer, it is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident – a near-homicidal attack which changes the lives of everyone involved. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bystander – until he becomes a murder suspect.”

Sloane Crosley ‘I was told there’d be cake’

Although I’ve already read ‘I was told there’d be cake‘ I would recommend it to everyone and anyone. The short stories are punchy, witty and relatable.

“From getting locked out of her flat twice on the same day and being fired for baking a giant cookie in the shape of her boss’ head, to playing bridesmaid for a friend she’d long forgotten, Sloane Crosley can do no right, despite the best of intentions. With sharp, original and irresistible storytelling that confounds expectations at every turn, Crosley recounts her victories and catastrophes, finding uproarious comedy and genuine insights in the most unpredictable places.”

What books are on your summe reading list?