It has been a truly beautiful week; lots of sun, sea, and sand. In honour of that I have decided to recommend my favourite summer reads.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Uprooted by Naomi Novik is a wonderful fairy-tale style story. In a small valley surrounded by a sentient evil forest, the wizard protecting the area takes one girl for his own every ten decades. Uprooted is the story of that girl. It is engaging and exciting, you can’t stop reading it. It is a great book to take with you to the beach or to read in the garden.
A Thousands Nights by E.K.Johnston
This is a wonderful retelling of A Thousand And One Nights. It is an excellent read that explores the culture at the time as well as adding a wonderfully magical twist to the story. Reading this book in the sunshine really adds to the atmosphere.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I know I’ve said this before, but Pride and Prejudice is my go to pool side read. I can’t help myself. When I’m by the pool it’s all I want to read. I’ll fly through it despite all the swimming breaks.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
I’m usually a believer in fantasy being better in winter but The Magicians is my exception. This trilogy can me summarised as ‘Hogwarts for grown ups with some Narnia on the side’. It is fantastic, you have to read it understand the full extent of its fabulousness.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This series takes place in small-town America and features psychics, ley lines, dead kings and friendship. It’s a great story filled with mystery that I recommend you read, you will be transported to this wonderful world where nothing is as it seems.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
This story mainly takes place in the summer, as two boys find friendship, endure tragedy and learn about themselves and the world around them. I read this book in one sitting and absolutely loved it.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
All Rainbow Rowell’s books are perfect for summer but I picked this one because it is my favourite. Cath is a normal girl immersed in her fandom and starting her first year at university. Naturally there is coursework stress, love, and fanfiction writing. If you enjoy this book, definitely pick up Carry On as well.
The Understudy by David Nicholls
Steven C. McQueen is an actor. Not a great one but he is determined to do what he loves. The Understudy is the unusual tale of his ‘big break’. This is an excellent story and one that is perfect to devour in the sunshine.
How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran
This was Caitlin Moran’s answer to Fifty Shades of Grey. It is a story of the sexual and career revolution of a working class girl from Wolverhampton. It is well and truly fantastic; it will crack you up, make you think and much more.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
In future London, clairvoyance is illegal and practioners keep going missing. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underground of the city until she comes to the attention of the authorities. This book is filled with conspiracy, action, weird mental powers and is a fantastic read.
So there are my summer reading recommendations! What book do you think is perfect for the summer?