Essentials for Your Summer Reading List ...

By Neecey

Essentials for Your Summer Reading List ...

Summer is a great time for catching up on your reading. From plane flights to soaking up the sun on the beach, from lolling by the pool to sunkissed breakfasts on your patio (my favorite), they’re all made better with a good book. If your reading list isn’t already a mile long, here are some titles to consider this summer.

1 Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

One great novel that should be on everybody’s summer reading list is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Perfect for an engrossing, page-turning few days of entertainment while you sunbathe, the book explores an American family and all of the deep dark secrets that they keep from one another. Full of juicy drama!

2 Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Bed Feminist is a unique and interesting book by Roxanna Gay in which she explores her own views and experiences on feminism, a term that can cause a lot of controversy depending on the conversation. The book is a wonderful reminder that feminism is not one set type of belief and practice but a much more nuances and layered subject that many give it credit for.

3 The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

The Lifeboat is a gripping and emotional story about a woman, Grace Winter, who survives twenty-one days drifting at sea on a lifeboat after the ship carrying her and her newlywed husband sinks in the middle of the ocean. Set in the backdrop of war time, the tight setting of the lifeboat brings to life many different characters and themes for Grace to deal with. It’s a really interesting read.

4 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

One of the most popular books in recent years, The Goldfinch follows the life of its protagonist Theo Decker from the moment he loses his mother in a tragic terrorist attack through his years living with his deadbeat father in Las Vegas. All the while, though, there are plenty of secrets to be kept, including the tiny, priceless painting of a goldfinch that Theo stole the day his mother died…

5 Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Swamplandia! is the whimsical and memorable novel by Karen Russell that tells the story of a girl’s attempt to preserver her family’s traditions and way of life. Filled with outlandish scenarios including a ghost, an alligator theme park and a gripping adventure through a jungle, the novel will provide with all the entertainment you need whilst you soak up the sun.

6 Room by Emma Donoghue

Room is a heavy and unique novel, and at times a difficult read but endlessly rewarding when you commit to the text. The majority of the novel takes place in a single small room in which a young woman spent the last seven years of her life after being abducted. Narrated by her five year old son Jack, the story is powerful and unforgettable.

7 Bossypants by Tina Fey

Something a little lighter perhaps? Look no further than Bossypants, the memoir of comedy genius Tina Fey. The book is filled with hundreds of memories and stories of Fey’s rise to the top of the comedy ladder, from working at SNL to finding international success with 30 Rock.

8 Wild by Cheryl Strayed

If last year you watched and enjoyed Reese Witherspoon in the Oscar nominated Wild, then this summer would be a great time to read the memoir that inspired the film by the real life Cheryl Strayed. Full of emotion and inspiring words, the book might even give you the travel bug!

9 Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique

Get lost in the pages of this engrossing story by Tiphanie Yanique who gives the reader a narrative all about the lives, loves and losses of the people of the Virgin Islands. Beautiful and haunting in equal measure, Land Of Love And Drowning is a really unique summer read.

Have you read any of these? Which recent read would you recommend?

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