The cicadas are sounding (and that Australian sport which involves a bat and ball has begun), the sun is shining and the nights are warm. Summer is here and Christmas holidays are just around the corner. It might be your one chance to kick back and read an entire book (preferably on a beach). Not sure what book/s to pack in your suitcase? Let me help you by giving you my top five summer reads (not in any particular order).
#1 – Liane Moriarty
I am cheating a bit here by suggesting an author rather than a book. I have read all (but 1) of Australian author, Liane Moriarty’s books and really enjoyed them all. My top picks would be The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty. All of her books are very easy to read and keep you engaged and wanting to know what happens next. For anyone who has not read any of Moriarty’s novels, but watched Big Little Lies, it was a pretty true reflection of her writing style. If you are after a quick and addictive read then her books are for you.
#2 – The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
I adored this book – and maybe because I read it over a summer holiday at the beach. Written by a man, from a man’s perspective, it’s a different but funny and engaging look at a man’s life (who has Asperger’s) and his quest for a wife. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, isn’t quite up to the same standard but nevertheless is an enjoyable read.
#3 – The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
You might need to purchase all three in this series before you go on holidays because this series is seriously addictive. I read these books well before the movies and before it became so popular (and even if you’ve seen these stories at the movies you won’t be disappointed in the books). It’s not usually my thing – young adult fiction crossed with a sci-fi feel – but I loved them. They are well-written, compelling, super-quick reads and something just a little bit different. If you loved Harry Potter then I think you’ll also love The Hunger Games.
#4 – Blueberry – Glenna Thomson
Whenever I eat blueberries, I always think about this book and the effort it takes to grow those sweet little blue balls (and why they cost $5 per punnet). A story about endings and new beginnings, this book is a pleasant and easy read which made me smile and cry. As a debut novel for Australian author Thomson, I think she did a great job and I look forward to reading more from her – I see her second novel Stella and Margie is due for release in 2018.
#5 – The Mummy Bloggers – Holly Wainwright
Ok, so I haven’t read this yet, but I am expecting big things. Given I am new to this Mummy blogging thing, I am looking forward to it. I plan to read this over my summer holiday perhaps on the beach or in my hammock – either way, not on the train on my way to work.
Enjoy your summer holidays and remember all of those wonderful benefits of reading. If you have any suggestions about other great summer reads – please drop me a line on Facebook, Instagram or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy reading x
Thanks to my editor Kylie Kraus