So we’re well into the swing of the so called Great British Summer so I have decided to compile a list of my top 5 summer reads that never fail to make me feel like the sun is shining even when it’s chucking it down!
Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore is set in modern day San Francisco and follows a redundant tech worker as he takes the night shift in Mr Penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore, falling in love, uncovering a 500 year old secret society along the way. It’s slightly kooky but that’s what makes it so great – it’s full of mystery, adventure and overall, is a fantastic summer read!
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
The first YA book on this list is Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – while on the outside it might be a fairly stereotypical ‘summer read’, it’s so much more deeper than a lot of books I’ve read. It follows wallflower Emily, who completes a ‘summer bucket list’, left by her extrovert best friend Sloane after she goes missing, in the hope it will lead to her. It’s about new beginnings, finding your feet and that it’s okay to come out of your shell.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
One of the more ‘tougher’ reads, The Secret Life of Bees follows teenager Lily, who is convinced that she killed her mother when she was young and is left with her abusive father. Set at the beginning of the civil rights movement in the Southern States of America, it follows Lily and her friend Rosaleen as they go on the run and find August Boatwright’s house and she takes them in. It’s about courage, family secrets set against a political backdrop that will influence how Lily is treated.
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
It wouldn’t be a summer list without a good road trip novel – and Let’s Get Lost is exactly that. Told in multi-perspectives, it follows Leila as she crosses state lines to go to Alaska to see the Northern Lights after tragedy trikes her family and the people she meets along the way. It showcases how one person can change your life in just a day and offers a glimpse into what’s really behind the façade of the people who look like they have it all together.
Paper Towns by John Green
Another road trip novel now – and I urge you to read it before you see the film! – and it’s one of my favourites. For me Paper Towns is one of the ultimate coming of age novels as it follows high school senior Q as after one night of pulling pranks with his neighbour Margo, she goes missing and he sets out to find her with his friends, following the trail of breadcrumbs she left. Full of brilliant one-liners, memorable quotes and a failed love story, it’s really about going your own way and leaving the people you’ve spent your whole life with behind and the scary prospect of it al – so you have one last (slightly unconventional) party.
What are your favourite summer reads? – comment below. 🙂