The best way to make your summer holiday time more enjoyable is to get lost in a great story. Unlike most summer book lists, I’m not going to give you a list of the newest books on the market. What you will find here instead is a list of the best books to read in the summertime. Some of them were published a few years ago, some a little more recently. I hope you find one or more books here that you haven’t read yet. You won’t be disappointed!
Anything by Kate Morton. The Forgotten Garden, The Secret Keeper, The House at Riverton, The Distant Hour. Read one or all of them. They are all good. And besides, Kate’s newest book The Lake House is due out in October so now is a great time to catch up on her other work.
The Cousins’ War Series by Philippa Gregory. Summer is a great time to work your way through a series and Philippa Gregory is the master of historical fiction. Following real British royalty during the War of the Roses, these books are well researched yet incredibly entertaining. There are six books in the series. In order, they are; The White Queen, The Red Queen, The Lady of the Rivers, The Kingmaker’s Daughter, The White Princess, and The King’s Curse.
The Rosie Project and the sequel, The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. The books antihero is Don Tillman, a socially challenged genetics professor who must make the adjustment to love and family life throughout the course of these two novels. If you don’t like to read anything too serious in the summer, try these. They are humorous yet touching and overall enjoyable.
If you like to read a book first and then watch the movie (but never the other way around!) pick up The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, or The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. None of these are new releases but they are all great reads that successfully made the transition into great movies (which doesn’t happen often).
A couple of books you may not have heard of but are definitely worth your time; The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. Harold Fry is a sweet story of a retired man who makes the sudden decision to walk 600 miles to visit an old friend who is dying. The Little Stranger is a darker read, set in post-World War II Britain in a crumbling old mansion. It’s more of a mystery than a ghost story (even though it’s been called that) and is a captivating read.
If you do pick up any of these reads (or if you’ve read one or more of them already) be sure to comment below and let me know what you thought!
I’M LOOKING FOR GREAT BOOKS TO READ, TOO! WHAT HAVE YOU READ THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND?