Sitting on the beach, my toes nestled in the hot sand, the sound of the sea lapping against the shore, and a bright blue sky above me. With a fruity cocktail in one hand, a book in the other, and Mr Ayla sitting next to me – this is my paradise. My blissful moment that I imagine myself in every time I want to get away or just relax.
Thankfully we seem to have been blessed with some sunny days in London recently – it is now July after all – and this means that the colourful summer dresses, flip flops and sunglasses have made their way back into my life. And while books are always in my life whatever the weather, summer is the perfect time to sink into those more light hearted happy reads to match the season. For chilling in the garden, picnicking in the park, or catching some sun on the beach in an exotic destination, all with a good book in hand.
Picking out my list of summer reads was as important to me (scrap that, it was MORE important to me) as stocking up on sun cream or filling the freezer with ice cream and these are my favourite picks for this sunny season.
Paige Toon and Lindsey Kelk are always on my list of summer reads as they both seem to bring out a new book every year just in time for the holiday season. They’re light hearted, laugh-out-loud funny and are always set in a beautifully sunny destination whether the main character is falling in love in Australia or escaping life in Hawaii. Their latest books – The Sun in Her Eyes by Paige Toon and Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk – are already packed away in my suitcase so I’m not tempted to delve into them before we head to the beach later this month.
Despite Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies having a slightly confusing start with lots of character names to remember, I couldn’t put it down after a couple of chapters. It had me giggling throughout at the scandalous lives of the pre-school parents, and then gasping at the unexpected twist that I didn’t see coming. I’ve now bought another of Moriarty’s books, The Husband’s Secret, which has rave reviews and I can’t wait to lose myself in it.
Fractured by Dani Atkins had me laughing and crying in equal measure. I really don’t want to say any more to give away the completely gripping story but I’m hoping that her next book in my to-read pile, The Story of Us, will be just as enjoyable.
Not every book I read is a girly chick lit though. Matt Haig’s The Humans can definitely be enjoyed by everyone with a random mixture of humour, love, aliens, maths and a whole lot of weirdness thrown in. It’s a book that you expect to be quite simple but actually ends up having so much depth and meaning to it. Reasons to Stay Alive is the next book of his that I’ll be picking up.
Last but not least – and don’t judge me for this one – is Grey by E L James. Despite the Fifty Shades trilogy not exactly being the best writing the world has ever seen, I did become slightly attached to the books (and possibly a little obsessed with Mr Grey), so of course I had to read this one too that’s written from the perspective of Christian Grey. Regardless of the pretty basic style of writing, I still found myself unable to put it down and I whizzed through the book quicker than I’d be able to tear myself away from the insatiable Mr Grey. It’s the perfect dose of summer naughtiness.
Have you read any of these books or got any other summer reads to recommend? Let me know in the comments below!
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