Summer is well and truly here, and with summer comes a lot of free time…enough free time to get reading! There’s no better way to relax than reading a good book in the sun, and although I can’t guarantee you the best summer weather, I can suggest some good summer reads. All the books listed below are ones which I have read, loved and will definitely read again, so take a scroll below!
THE CLASSICS – Classic books stand the test of time and no matter how many times you read them, you’ll never get bored. They’re always beautifully written although can be quite a tough read – you need to be constantly concentrating!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: One of my favourite books of all time, I strongly believe every person should give this a read. This is also one of the very few books to have made me cry, the strong imagery and character descriptions throughout the book makes you so emotional in every sense. The most poignant point is that this is based on the general atmosphere and society of the 1930s – which makes me feel upset, angry yet extremely lucky that prejudices in this book have reduced dramatically in the last 80 or so years. I urge you to give this book a go!
Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott: I haven’t read this book in a very long time so although I don’t remember the whole plot line, I do remember that it was an interesting read! This is of similar style to books such as Pride and Prejudice and may not be up everybody’s street. However this is one of the books I’m definitely going to pick up again over the summer – I haven’t read it in over 5 years!
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: I read this book last August as a recommended literature piece for school. I wasn’t expecting to like it all (it’s certainly not an easy read rom-com) but it took me by surprise and I think it’s a very interesting (yet slightly complicated) plot line. This book is a perfect read for a short trip away as it’s not very thick at all. I’ll definitely be reading this book again in the summer and would recommend anybody with a love for reading to also give it a go!
THE EASY READS – Easy reads are the types of books you can pick up at anytime. They’re very interesting, extremely addictive with characters which you can connect to. The best thing about an easy read is that you can dip into them at any time – not much brain power is needed to understand the jist of the story.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender: One of the weirdest, wackiest books I’ve read in a long while. It keeps you gripped throughout the story and is both slightly sad but funny. You end up dreaming about your own magical superpowers.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: This is the book which I’ve most recently read and I love it! It’s an hilarious story which is so nice and light-hearted – it’s great to read such an uplifting book which is a change. The story line is interesting and there are a couple of twists and turns in which you have no clue what will happen next, although whatever it is, it’s guaranteed to be funny. This is the best poolside read and the ultimate easy read.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins: Of course, I could not include a summer reading list without mentioning the trilogy of the moment, The Hunger Games. I would recommend ANYONE who hasn’t read these books to give them ago! I’ve also watched the two films which have been out, and those are also fab and I definitely think the story is portrayed in the best possible way (although rarely is there a film which matches up to the impact of the book). These books are fairly chunky in size but if you’re anything like me then you’ll be hooked and get through them fast! However I do have a confession in that I haven’t read Mockingjay (the last in the trilogy yet). I’m planning on reading it a week or so before I see the third film as I’m a seriously impatient person and can’t imagine having to wait months to see the films interpretation…oops!
THE THOUGHT PROVOKERS– Thought provokers are the books which make you question your own everyday actions, make you reflect your decisions and think wisely about bettering yourself for the future. In my opinion, thought provokers are the best kind of reads – they’ll make an impact in your life whether that’s for an hour, a day or a lifetime.
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson: This is an extremely funny read which is so interesting and wacky that you’ll get through it in a flash. This book is definitely an easy read, but also a thought provoker as after reading this you may have the tendency to diagnose a few of your friends and family as psychopaths!
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor: Another one of my favourite books, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry is EXTREMELY thought provoking. It’s set in the deep south during the American Depression and much like To Kill a Mockingbird highlights the prejudices which black people faced. It’s a powerful story which will not only make you think and reflect, but also will most probably make you cry! I LOVE IT.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Where do I begin? I feel like whatever I say I won’t do this book any justice. All I’ll say is this – this book is for any age, don’t discard it because you believe it to be a teenage read, it isn’t. And secondly, read it with an open mind and a clear head, let the characters take you on a small adventure and let yourself connect with them- it’ll make your read one hundred times more emotional but so much more worth it.
I hope you give these books a read if you haven’t already! Also I’d love to hear any of your book suggestions… maybe tell me your favourite book and I’ll give it a read?
Enjoy that summer reading!