Summer reads

My Summer Reads

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.

Summer reads

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.

Summer reads

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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29 thoughts on “My Summer Reads

    • Ayla says:

      I read all the time Angie! Always carry a book on me for the commute to work or just in case I have a few spare minutes at any time. I couldn’t be without my books!

  1. kashacapetown says:

    Looks like a great reading list (although I won’t be able to bring myself to read anything in the Grey series!) I just, no.

    But will definitely check out the other books!

    Hope to see you soon xxx

    • Ayla says:

      Haha, you’re far too sweet and innocent for these books! I can just imagine you giggling mischievously at all the naughty parts 😉

    • Ayla says:

      Just finished it this morning – I loved it! It’s not the greatest writing, I know, but the love story between the two of them has me gripped. Give it a try!

  2. Sarah says:

    What a good list.. I loved The Husband’s Secret. I couldn’t put it down. Will have to check out Big Little Lies. Thanks for sharing.

    Sarah x

  3. Mehreen A says:

    Great review! It’s so nice to be recommended books – I never know which one to get and so often end up with something less than fab or nothing at all xx

    Mehreen A |

  4. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) says:

    Thanks for this helpful post Ayla because since I finished the I am Malala book a couple of months ago, I was wondering what to read – I get through books at snail’s pace compared to you though! I think I’m going to try and read Fractured! I’ve got a great one to lend you too, perhaps we should do a swap 🙂

    • Ayla says:

      I’m sure these are all quiet different to I am Malala but give them a go! I absolutely loved Fractured so hope you do to! Book swapping is always a great idea 🙂

      • Shikha (whywasteannualleave) says:

        hehe, well that was a great book but a very intense one so is yours a little lighter hearted? Might make for a good contrast!

  5. worldjourneysdiscover says:

    i fear tablets and the internet have meant i dont read or at least dont read much when i travel anymore 😦 books are wonderful for train trips. but actually making time to read is something i dont get to do when i travel. keep having a wonderful time!

    • Ayla says:

      I know what you mean but I always leave room for a bit of reading. And not reading an ebook either – I mean a proper hard book where you can turn the pages!

  6. Packing my Suitcase says:

    You make so excited about reading my books too!! I looove your list and believe that we have similar taste in terms of reading!! I just noted then all down.
    And I am also obssessed with Mr. Grey hahaha 🙂
    Have fun!!!!

    • Ayla says:

      So glad I’m not the only one haha!! Hope you enjoy some of my recommendations and let me know if you have any recommendations of your own 🙂

    • Ayla says:

      It is quite hard to fit it in sometimes but I make sure I keep the commute free for it so I get time to read every day. Make some time over the summer to get back into it 🙂

    • Ayla says:

      I haven’t read that one yet but I know someone else who really enjoyed it too so I may have to give it a go. Hope you enjoy my recommendations 🙂

  7. Amanda I Chasing My Sunshine says:

    I just got done Big Little Lies! I totally agree, at first it was hard to keep up, but it got so good. I also just finished reading The Humans. I wasn’t expecting it to be so deep, but a couple of parts were really quite poignant! With some weirdness thrown in. Perfect. 🙂 Thanks for the other recommendations!

    • Ayla says:

      If you liked Big Little Lies then try The Husband’s Secret too. I’m reading it at the moment and really enjoying it. Hope you enjoy my suggestions! 🙂

  8. Emma says:

    Ditto!! I love Lyndsey Kelk and have the very same awaiting my summer break reading list! I recently found out Lyndsey is a volunteer I work withd niece.. Small world!

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