Summer Reading Recommendations

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Since the beginning of last year I have really got back into reading after barely reading any books for the past ten years or so (apart from books for college/university) but now I can't stop. I do prefer to read during the colder months being all cosy with blankets and candles but I have been able to get a lot of reading done in the garden this spring and summer!

Holidays Gems, which is a great site for cheap holidays and last minute holiday deals, challenged me to pick my favourite books of last year and this year that I think would be great summer holiday reads as they are all so enjoyable, fairly quick and easy. They range from interesting and intense thriller mysteries to magical and fantasy options and finally a few quirky non-fiction picks.

Magical & Fantasy Books
Books that are categorised as fantasy, magical realism or any that have a magical element to them are some of my favourites and from these categories I'd have to recommend The Gilded Cage by Vic James (I can't wait for the second book), The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, the later is amazing for any time of the year - read it!

Thrillers & Dystopian
This category is perfect for a beach read as they tend to be very engaging and quick reads and if you are into post-apocalyptic and dystopian books then look no further than The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid, This Savage Song by V.E Schwab (it's a mix between YA fantasy and dystopian to me) and The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R Carey. For thrillers and mysteries with a dark but contemporary edge then check out The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne which has just been released. Another dark read is definitely The Mayfly by James Hazel!

Quirky Non-Fiction
Lastly some non-fiction that is very different and also inspiring; for the inspiring picks you need to read The Women Who Made New York by Julie Scelfo and Triumph and Disaster - Five Historical Miniatures by Stefan Zweig as well as We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. For a very bizarre non-fiction pick, check out The United States of Absurdity by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds which seems very appropriate considering wha happened yesterday in the not so good ol' US of A.

Have you read any of these books? What are you planning on reading this summer? 

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19 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing these! Definitely going to check out some of these I do love non fiction and thrillers

    Beauty Candy Loves
     

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  2. I haven't read any of these. I'm reading The Breakdown at the moment & have 2 more lined up for when I finish that! xx

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  3. I wish I had some time to read, but I cannot even devote half an hour to just rest :(
    Angie
    www.chocolateandlisptick.com

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  4. I haven't read any of these but I love a good book recommendation, especially fantasy/magical!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

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  5. I've been doing quite well with my reading lately, I have 7 books on my to read list though x

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  6. I'm gonna look out for these on audiable!

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  7. Haven't read any of these but such a great selection

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  8. I love thrillers will have to check these out! x

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  9. I am trying to do more reading, I am hoping I'll get time on holiday to read more xxx

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  10. Oooo they all sound so nice! I really want to try and read more over the holidays so I may just have to pick up some of your recommendations!

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  11. I love finding it new book recommendations. I'm trying to get back into reading more again x

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  12. I love the Girl with all the Gifts! Xxx

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  13. Love a good thriller as an easy read x

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  14. Thank you for reminding me that I need to read The Girl With All The Gifts. The Women Who Made New York sounds right up my street too. I'm reading The Good Immigrant at the moment, such a brilliant collection of essays. I need to get my eyes stuck into some Orwell, and The Opposite of Loneliness next x

    Amy / Outline Amy

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  15. I love magical and fantasy books so I'll add these to my reading list.

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  16. Your blog really makes me want to read more. I need to get into the routine of trying to read before bed.

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  17. Thrillers are my fave so will check out your recommendation x

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  18. Great recommendations for my next read. I'm reading The Circle at the moment but I'm finding it really hard to get into.

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  19. I already have such a big stack of books I need to get through!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

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