Sitting on a beach with the sun beating down and a book in my hand is one of my favourite ways to spend a holiday. However, getting to a beach this year is starting to look less likely.
Lock down has made me discover a lot of things, most importantly how much I love and have missed reading. A couple of months ago I joined Beth’s Book Club and between that and the glorious weather, I’ve spent a fair amount of time recently with my head stuck in a book.
However you will be spending your summer this year, here are a few books you should be reading:
1. Around The World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh
Being stuck at home has fuelled my desire to travel so I started looking around for some books within this genre.
I stumbled across this book by Monisha in which she tells her experience of travelling round various parts of the world by train.
I found it inspiring, interesting and most importantly it has motivated me to see more of the world as soon as we are allowed to travel places.
I loved reading about the different destinations she visited and learning more about the world in general.
2. The Lido by Libby Page
This was such a heart warming tale about 86 year old Rosemary and 26 year old Kate whose paths cross one day and they from an unlikely friendship. They work together to save the local Lido which Rosemary has swam in every day since she was a child.
I loved community feel of the town of Brixton and all the characters that helped Rosemary and Kate, I’ve been desperate to go swimming in a Lido ever since I read it!
Kate and Rosemary truly touched my heart and I wish I could read it all over again.
3. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
The ultimate holiday chick lit full of humour, romance and drama!
Unlucky Olive finally catches a break when she lands a free holiday (well honeymoon) to paradise courtesy of her twin sister, who comes down with a nasty case of shellfish poisoning the day of her wedding.
The downside, Olive has to spend it with her sworn enemy. I found this book a little predictable in places but I instantly got hooked on the story-line and finished it in two days.
4. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
It took me a while to get into this book but soon as I did I was hooked! Set in the 1960s in a quiet town on the North Carolina Coast, the book revolves around Kya who grows up alone on the Marsh.
The book switches between past and present which took me a few chapters to get my head around but it really helped to paint the picture of the town and develop Kya’s character.
The story was beautifully written with exceptional detail about the marsh and the wildlife it is home to. I would love to see what else Delia Owens has written.
5. The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary
This was one of my book club reads which I instantly fell in love with.
When Tiffy needs a cheap flat, she ends up sharing a room with Leon. Their conflicting schedules mean they should never meet so they leave little notes lying around the flat to each other as means of communicating.
I found this book a nice easy romantic read and loved the characters Tiffy and Leon.
Beth’s latest book, The Switch, sounds just as uplifting so I plan on reading this soon. (It’s also going to be made into a film!)
If you have read or planning to read any of these books, let me know what you think!