Summer so far in the UK has been a mixed bag, well it certainly has here in the North East of England anyway with some days consisting of rain, sun and sleet! (Seriously, is a bit of sun too much to ask for?)
If you are lucky enough to be jetting off to sunnier climes, or you are enjoying a lovely summer in the one place in the country which seems to have some sun and you’re looking for some great summer reads, then look no further!
I’ve handpicked 10 great books that are perfect for lazy days by the pool, on the beach, or in the back garden with a barbecue on the go.
Read on to find your perfect summer read.
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Sweet and Romantic
The Flatshare is one of my favourites read of the year so far. It is a heartwarming read about two complete opposites who find themselves sharing not only a flat, but a bed too. Tiffy and Leon are never in the bed or flat at the same time and communicate via notes left for one another. Sharp, zingy writing and great characterisation combine to make a book which is unputdownable.
Something In The Water by Catherine Steadman
Edgy and Suspenseful
Erin and Mark have it all. They’re recently married, are on their honeymoon in Bora Bora and having a pretty amazing time. One day when scuba diving they find something in the water. They should walk away, but they don’t and set in motion a chain of life changing events. The book opens with Erin digging a grave, but who for? And why? This is a fast paced book which left me breathless.
Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams
Witty and Oh So Modern
The debut novel from Laura Jane Williams, Our Stop is about Nadia and Daniel who both get the same train to work – when Nadia makes it on time that is. It’s a romance story set firmly in the now. Toxic masculinity, mansplaining, gaslighting and women knowing their worth are all covered. This is a zingy and smart read.
Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop
Sweeping and Emotional
Victoria Hislop is the Queen of writing stirring historical fiction and in her latest, Those Who Are Loved, she examines Greece’s troubled past. A World War, the rise of facism, a civil war and a family torn apart by differing beliefs are just some of the subjects covered in this brilliantly executed novel.
If you enjoy books that you can totally lost in then this is one for you.
A Modern Family by Helga Flatland
Poetic Family Saga
When Sverre and Torill announce at his 70th birthday celebrations that after 40 years of marriage they are to divorce it causes a wave of grief throughout their three grown up children; Liv, Ellen and Håkon. Told in alternating chapters from the viewpoint of Liv and Ellen this is a beautiful and emotional family saga.
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
The body of Cameron Bright is found miles from anywhere by his brothers Bub and Nathan. The Bright brothers are farmers in the Australian outback and Cameron knows how unforgiving the terrain can be, so why was he 9km from his car which was loaded with food and water? Nobody writes landscape and people like Jane Harper and this, her third novel is my favourite so far.
Cape May by Chip Cheek
Sumptuous and Sexy
This is the perfect summer read. Set in 1950s American in off-season Hampton town Effie and Hank are newlyweds whose meeting with some glamorous neighbours tests their fledgling marriage. It is gorgeous, sexy and is best served with a martini.
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
Clever and Engrossing
Eddie Flynn is charged with representing actor Bobby Solomon who stands accused of murdering his actress wife. The thing is, there is a serial killer on the jury and this may not be a cut and dried case. Compelling and page turning Thirteen is a smart read from one of crime writings biggest talents.
The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames
Expansive and Immersive
Stella Fortuna is a woman like no other. Born in Italy and immigrating to America as a teen we follow her and her family as they grow, learn and face adversity. This is a beautiful and accomplished and debut novel of quiet power.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones recently won the Women’s Prize For Fiction and I was thrilled because this is one of my favourite reads of the year. This is a book about race, class, marriage, unity and loyalty and deserves all the accolades that it has received.
I hope that whatever you are doing this summer you have a great one. 😁