When travelling I love nothing more than lounging by the pool, relaxing on the beach or watching the world go by with a good book in hand, ready to delve into the pages of another world!
For me, a trips not complete if I don’t take the time to sit back and enjoy the latest book I’ve picked up from WHSmith’s at the airport…
However, I’ll admit to being rather laxed about reading at home! Day to day life just doesn’t seem to allow the time! Thus, in a bid to inspire myself to read at home, and to give my regular readers a break from hearing about my most recent trip:
You can catch up on my Bali Island Hop here (Shameless plug).
Below I’ve quickly reviewed the books I’ve read abroad this summer and would recommend to you.
Falling a Love Story: Jane Green –
The first book on My Summer Reading List 2017 is a classic love story with a twist!
Falling a Love Story had me hooked from the beginning! With a city girl (Emma) moving to the country to be charmed by her rustic landlord, Dominic…. See what I mean about classic story 😉
Without giving out too many spoilers the ‘chase’ ends rather quickly. I got in the frame of mind of ‘oh is that it?‘ which, actually resulted in me putting the book down for a few weeks in-between trips…
However, I would recommend sticking with the book because, although it seemingly plateau’s, this is only half the story! Once I picked the book back up I finally appreciated that its the second half which sets this book apart. It features one hell of a twist that, will leave you both heartbroken and humbled! Turning this seemingly innocent love story into one that focuses more on family and commitment.
By any means, it’s certainly worth a read and it’s no wonder its become a New York Times Best Seller! (I’d give it a solid 7/10)
Small Great Things: Jodi Picoult –
Jodi Picoult is one hell of an author! Along with many other novels, she penned the world-renowned My Sisters Keeper, I almost don’t need to say anything more! Her books are awesome, thought inspiring masterpieces, but you already know that. 😉
Small Great Things is exactly this! Centred around a black nurse whose barred from tending to a newborn baby by his white supremacist father, the book follows the actions and consequences which lead to the baby’s untimely death…
You’d be fooled into thinking the book was set in the 1960s or 70s, thanks to its hard-hitting and honest approach to modern day racism! It really opened my eyes to the discrimination many black people still face and reinforced the importance of speaking out for whats right. In this way, I think it’s a book that everyone should read!
More than this, if turned into a film, Small Great Things would be winning Oscars left, right and centre. It’s not cheery or uplifting but you keep turning the page hoping to discover if your faith in humanity can be restored…
I’d be as bold to say this is the best book I’ve ever read, (10/10 for sure!).
Amber Green Takes Manhattan: Rosie Nixon –
The next book on my Summer Reading list 2017 is certainly the most ‘feminine’ on my list and arguably my least favourite…
This is not to say that Amber Green Takes Manhattan is a bad book! If anything its incredibly well written and makes you feel as though your walking along the streets of New York ‘taking Manhattan’ for yourself.
The story is relatively straightforward: an English stylist moves to New York to become the next big thing in fashion – of course experiencing boy troubles along the way.
For me, the book resembled a series I’d happily binge watch on Netflix. It’s lighthearted, funny and certainly uplifting following the deep read of Small Great Things.
It must be noted that this book is actually a squeal, something that passed me by when I picked it off the shelf! You certainly don’t need to read the first book to understand the storyline. But, if you like this genre it’s probably best to purchase both to get the full fashion fix.
Overall its girly and fun! (5/10… But only because the other books on this list take the edge) 🙂
After the Fire: Will Hill –
Part of Zoella’s book club, which to be honest I’m surprised at because it’s quite a mature book, After the Fire is the fourth and final book on my Summer Reading List 2017.
Described on its cover by Sarah Pinborough as ‘Darkly Fascinating’, this novel depicts the survival of a young girl (named Moonbeam) from a religious cult, run by the terrifying and blood boiling Father John.
The more you read, the more you find out about life ‘within the fence’ and the hardships faced by the survivors. Although its dark, the story is gripping, meaning you can’t help but silently route for little MoonBeam as she discovers the truth.
I couldn’t put it down! I managed to finish it in three days, reading it by the pool, on the beach, in the bath…. basically anywhere. I simply couldn’t get enough! That should be all the motivation you need to give Will Hill’s latest novel a read! (9/10)
(I lost the book ooops, so I don’t have a photo!)
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I’d love to hear any book suggestions in the comments below! Happy Reading 🙂