If you’re looking for a quick-read whilst you travel, or while you laze around in the sun, in the holidays, these are the books to turn to. Each of these books are great summer reads, fairly new having been released in 2016 and some are being turned into movies.
Enter a new world, outside the realms of reality and broaden your horizons. Escape your reality and arrive in the reality of someone else. Books are the joy that everyone must experience in the scorching sun, when there’s nothing else you’d rather do.
- Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Me Before You is a book about love and loss, leading to bursts of laughter or tears and occasionally both. It has been filmed and will be showing on screen on the June 3rd, so it’s the perfect time to read or re-read it.
The protagonist, Lou Clark loses her job and finds herself unable to support her family. Will Traynor loses his will to live and finds himself unable to find joy in anything. When their world’s collide, Lou brings sparks of colour into Will’s life and they both change forever.
- One With You – Sylvia Day
The Crossfire series comes to its dreaded conclusion. If you were waiting for the series to finish before you read it, now’s the time.
Gideon and Eva face their ultimate conclusion in One With You, fighting everyone and everything to keep their marriage together. They stand side-by-side, having bared their deepest, ugliest secrets to one another, proving to each other and themselves that they can make it. Determined not to let their scarred past ruin their future, they stay entwined with one another, completely and irrevocably in love, until the very end.
- What Lies Between Us – Nayomi Munaweera
What Lies Between Us is filled with love, loss, survival, secrets and scars. A perfect read to escape into the world of fiction.
A young girl grows up with her family in the sublime mountains of Sri Lanka until terror seeps into their lives. When misfortune strikes, she immigrates with her mother to America, reinventing herself as an American teenager to survive. Whilst she conforms and flourishes, with the help of her cousin, the secrets of her past threaten to crumble her entire world. When the past and present begin to collide, she has no other choice but to do something unforgivable.
- Rebel Of The Sands – Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel Of The Sands is a mythical story, filled with magic and beasts. It is a story that unlocks a world so unlike anything we can ever imagine.
The fate of the desert lies in Amani’s hands but Amani wants to escape the town that has nothing but dead-ends, a town where djinn’s still practise their magic, a town where mythical beasts roam the wild and barren wastelands. When Amani’s world crashes into a foreigner called Jin, she experiences things she’s never imagined.
- Wink Poppy Midnight – April Genevieve Tucholke
Wink Poppy Midnight has a hero, villain and a secret.
Wink is the abnormal, mysterious girl-next-door, with wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the bully blonde bombshell, and Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink, Poppy, Midnight. Two girls and one boy. All three of them tread on tricky waters, leading them to something tremendous or something very very terrible.
Each one of these books will leave you wanting more, with each life you experience. A quote by William Styron displays the beauty of books perfectly,
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
It is these lives that we live whilst reading that have us clutching our bed sheets in anticipation, with tears running down our cheeks and a huge smile on our face. It is exhausting but exhilarating.
Enjoy these books this summer!