In my mind, “summer reading lists” evoke 2 images. The first involves relaxing by the pool with a drink in one hand and a book in the other, soft music and a light breeze playing in the background. The second image, has me swaying softly in a hammock, beneath the shade of a big leafy tree, with signing birds and rustling leaves as the background noise. Good images those and they both sound delightful, although in real life neither of those images actually turn out to be so serene. Not that I really know, as my usual reading spot is curled up on the couch or sitting at my desk during a lunch break. Regardless, it’s images like these, that make the idea of a summer read that much more enticing, or ha, maybe you do read by the pool on a regular basis. I believe, that the concept of the summer read, stems from the illusion of having more time. Possibly left over from school days summer vacation, or maybe just because, it’s hard to concentrate while drinking margaritas by the pool.
What is a summer read exactly? For me it is a light-hearted, interesting but fun story. Nothing, for God’s sake that involves deep weighty topics, nothing too long or heart weary. I mean let’s be honest here, it needs to be something you can understand while your half drunk, from all those fruity umbrella drinks. Maybe it’s a fast paced, action packed thriller, or a hot and heavy romance or a historical romp through time, or a fantastical slip into another realm. In other words;
cancer or other scary medical conditions NO
Hot bearded guys on motorcycles
meth smoking bad boys erm.. well this one might depend on the story line
Beach Parties/house/trips YES
South American drug cartels NO
Social injustices/human suffering NO that’s for winter
Witches/fairies/other realms YES
And of course I have some recommendations for you, these are either books, I have read, plan on reading or want to read. Don’t forget to add your picks in the comments, because there is nothing a bookworm loves more than adding book titles to their tbr.
Title: Into The Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Why you might like it: fast paced thriller, by the author of The Girl on The Train. Unique characters, with a unique story line. I have not yet read it, but it’s on my list. It has been listed as a highly anticipated read by several major review publications.
Title: The Witch’s Daughter
Author: Paula Brackston
Why you might like it: An immortal witch, locked in a battle of wits and spells with a dark sorcerer. Helps save a young girl from said dark sorcerer, by banishing him and herself to the summerlands. Part historical fiction, part modern fantasy. Well written fast paced, I loved the way it went back and forth between modern day, and then back to what Elizabeth experienced through the centuries.
Title: The Return of The Witch
Author: Paula Brackston
Why you might like it: The sequel to The Witch’s Daughter. 5 years later, Gideon the dark sorcerer, has been released from the summerland and sets off to hunt down Tegan. Elizabeth follows in order to help Tegan again. 3 magic people journey through history creating a new story, but will they all survive?
Title: One Of Us Is Lying
Author: Karen McManus
Why you might like it: The Breakfast Club, with a twist. 5 kids go into detention but only 4 come out alive. At first Simon’s death looks like an accident, but turns out it was murder. Everybody has secrets, but how far did they go to protect them. A fast paced thriller…basically Breakfast Club, meets Pretty Little Liars. I am listening to the audio book currently and just love that each of the 4 students have their own narrator and chapters. I predict this one will be a big hit.
Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Why you might like it: A young lady studying the gruesome practice of forensic medicine, she helps examine the bodies of the murdered women. A love interest, a list of suspects, sneaking out to investigate. Lady Wadsworth is quite the daring young lady. A classic who-done it, set within a case that has yet to be solved. Well done. fast paced and never a dull moment.
Title: Alex and Eliza
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Why you might like it: Their romance shaped a nation, the rest was history. A classic tale of love set amidst the American Revolution. The hero Alexander Hamilton and how he won the heart of Eliza Schuyler. And it was hard won, small pox inoculations, an urgent ride while injured and foiling a dastardly British scheme.
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