My favourite summer reads of 2018

Summer is finally here, and those lazy beach days and camping trips are calling for some good literature. There’s nothing better than soaking up some sun and kicking back with a great book or three. To help with the indecision, I’ve rounded up a selection of my best summer reads.

The Word is Murder

Author: Anthony Horowitz
Genre: Mystery/Crime

This author is a favourite of mine, having written the Alex Rider and Power of 5 series’. The Word is Murder, however, is written for an older audience. A previously disgraced detective has been assigned to solve the case of a woman who has been murdered in her home a mere six hours after arranging her own funeral. The author has also written a fictional version of himself into the novel, and although unorthodox, it works.

With some pretty unexpected twists, I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery.

 

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Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Genre: Fantasy

Nigerian-American author, Tomi Adeyemi, is causing global waves with her debut fantasy novel. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie Adebola, the protagonist, vows to take down a monarchy after the death of her mother and the decimation of her people’s magic at the hands of a ruthless king. In the midst of this struggle, Zelie also has to deal with the internal battle of developing feelings for an enemy as well as learning to control her own growing powers.

Vibrant characters, a richly fleshed-out world, stunningly emotive writing and a gripping storyline, Children of Blood and Bone is a definite must-read for anyone who loves a little bit of magic.

When Life gives you Lululemons

Author: Lauren Weisberger
Genre: Chick Lit

Fans of The Devil Wears Prada are going to be thrilled to be re-acquainted with Emily Charlston, ex-assistant to Miranda Priestly. In this sassy and clever novel, Emily – image consultant to the stars, Karolina – former supermodel, and Miriam – stressed out attorney turned stay-at-home-mom, need to band together in order to survive the Greenwich suburbs. Cue scandal, drama and copious hilarity. This fun and easy read is told from the perspectives of all three women, each with their own individual voice and take on how life tends to change as we age.

I would recommend this book to anyone in the mood some snark and sass.

 

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My Ex-Life

Author: Stephen McCauley
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Meet David and Julie. They were married, and now they aren’t. In the midst of David’s turmoil – a (younger) boyfriend that’s leaving him, a career choice that’s left him frustrated and the loss of his beloved rental house – he receives an unexpected phone call from Julie. Unexpected because they haven’t spoken for almost 30 years! Julie needs help getting her admittedly unruly daughter, Mandy, into college, which is right up David’s alley. One flight later sees Julie and David, once again, sharing the same roof but this time as best friends.

This clever and engaging book is filled with witty one-liners (Think “Will and Grace” in literary form), but with a more heart-wrenching atmosphere.

I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a light read, who is ready to laugh out loud and is not afraid to get a little emotional.

The Perfect Mother

Author: Aimee Molloy
Genre: Thriller

Meet the May Mothers, a group of new moms who have all given birth in the same month. Forming a “mommy group”, they get together for walks in the park, share advice and one night, decide to go for “mom’s only” drinks. Winnie is particularly hesitant to leave her baby behind, but at the insistence of the rest of the group, caves. Now her baby is missing and the police are asking strange questions.

This book explores complex relationships that are formed and broken, marriages that are put to the test, dark secrets that come to light, and the lengths that one group of friends will go to in order to help save a kidnapped baby.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a little bit of suspense and a lot of drama.

My Lady’s Choosing

Author: Kitty Curan
Genre: Historical Romance

As a “choose-your-own-adventure” book, this historical romance novel eradicates the frustration of dealing with an indecisive main character. As the main character, you find yourself as a headstrong, penniless maiden in an eighteenth-century society during courtship season.

This fun, sometimes comedic, read lets you decide the future of your heroine. Be warned, this parody-esque novel does have a number of risque innuendos, does not stick to hetero-normative standards and even includes a couple of paranormal situations.

 

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Well, That Escalated Quickly

Author: Franchesca Ramsey
Genre: Memoir; Autobiography

Styled more as a guide than a memoir, this read is an account of comedian and blogger Franchesca Ramsey’s experiences in becoming an accidental online activist. Starting with her video “What White Girls Say… to Black Girls” that went viral, Ramsey investigates the way we interact with each other, from internet trolling, to hate mail. Ramsey addresses gender, sexuality and race conversations, with personal insight and humour, admitting to her mistakes and missteps in the online world.

This novel is full of useful advice on how to tread and converse on the internet. I’d recommend this engaging and entertaining book to anyone with an online presence.

The Immortalists

Author: Chloe Benjamin
Genre: Contemporary; Coming-of-Age

“If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?”

This coming-of-age story, set in the Lower East Side of New York in 1969, starts with four siblings who decide to seek out a travelling psychic who claims to have the ability of predicting the exact date of anyone’s death. The knowledge they gain on the excursion will shape their lives for the next decades. This beautifully written novel makes you question the role that fate and choice has on the future, and although not mystical (despite the role of the aforementioned psychic), is definitely a special kind of read.

Emotional and moving, this book is not exactly a light read. I would recommend it to anyone who would something more thought-provoking.

 

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