On the hunt for a real page-turner to get stuck into on this years holiday? Check out some of the books I’ve been making my way through recently that you need to add to your summer reading list!
Every January I seem to set myself the same goal, to read more. And every year this goal tends to go out of the window by around February time. So this year, in an attempt to stick to my resolution I joined a book club with some friends. I’ve found the structure of having to finish a book by a certain date makes me so much more accountable and subsequently I’ve managed to make it through what I would deem an acceptable number of books so far this year.
Incase you’re on the lookout for a good read to get stuck into over the summer months I thought I’d round up some of the books I’ve finished this year, sticking exclusively to novels. I might do a separate post about the business/self-help books I’ve been loving so keep your eyes peeled for that too.
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Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
Based in Shaker Heights, a placid suburb of Cleveland where writer Celeste Ng grew up, Little Fires Everywhere is a novel which concentrates on two very different families, the Richardsons and the Warrens.
After an issue arises which ends up dividing opinions in town and subsequently the two families, the story explores long-held secrets alongside the topic of motherhood and the different ways it can present itself.
Not neccessarily a book that is going to surprise or astound you but a very pleasant and interesting read which had me totally invested in each of the characters individually by the end.
Goodreads score: 4/5
Educated – Tara Westover
A personal memoir, Educated shares Tara Westover’s experience of growing up in a Mormon survivalist home in rural Idaho alongside her six siblings. Tara’s father had no belief in formal education, healthcare or the goverment which were values he tried to pass onto his family. Subsequently Tara didn’t step into a classroom until she was seventeen but then went on to study at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world.
Educated is a real tale of self-discovery which documents the struggles of family loyalty and growing up in an environment which most couldn’t possibly imagine. A powerful and extremely eye-opening memoir!
Goodreads score: 4/5
A Stranger in the House – Shari Lapena
A physiological thriller set in an unasuming neighbourhood in upstate New York, A Stranger in the House tells the story of Karen and Tom Krupp, a newlywed couple who to the outside world seem like the perfect couple. But after Karen goes missing one evening and is found in hospital with no memory of how she got there or how she crashed her car the police set to work to find out what she is hiding. The book follows Karens race to discover the truth before the police do!
Defintiely a page-turner at points and a super easy one to digest whilst lying next to the pool this summer but unfortunately the ending did leave me feeling not quite 100% satisfied.
Goodreads score: 3/5
A Spark of Light – Jodi Picoult
A novel which tackles the extremely senstive and complicated issue of abortion, A Spark of Light is a gripping and important read. Based around several opposing narratives, the story centres on a hostage situation at a women’s reproductive health services clinic. Counting backwards through the hours of the standoff, the novel details the events that brought together the many different individuals involved on that fateful day.
A story with twists and turns as you learn more about the characters and one which covers an important topic which brings about a lot of interesting discussion.
Goodreads score: 4/5
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
If you haven’t heard about The Tattooist of Auschwitz then I’m afraid you might have been living under a rock as it’s been making the rounds on all of the must-read lists recently and for good reason!
A heartbreaking account of Lale Sokolov’s time spent as a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp which at many points makes it an extremely tough read but alongside the tradegy also emerges tales of love and hope. An important and totally compelling read that you won’t be able to put down.
Goodreads score: 5/5
What have you been reading recently? Do you have any recommendations for summer reads?
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