Admittedly, Summer is my least favourite season. I'm more of an Autumn girl myself, where the leaves are crinkly and it's cold. I wear black 99.9% of the time, so Summer is not a fun time. That being said, when asked about my favourite place to read, it is weirdly a complete juxtaposition - it's the beach, on a sun lounger, preferably with a cocktail of some sort. (I still wear black on the beach, trust me.) Saying this, around Spring I like to start thinking about what books I could possibly fit into 25kg of available luggage space. Imagining what books I could potentially be reading on said beach.
Being the self-confessed bookworm I am, I've tried to narrow it down to what books I might actually end up taking with me.
I know some people like the idea of reading romance/contemporary or similar on the beach, it's light-hearted normally well-written and will put a smile on your face. However, I'm not picky and these are books that I know I will really enjoy reading on the beach. So here are my holiday picks:
1.) Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern. I confess, i have watched the film based on the book 'Love, Rosie' and I adore it (Lily Collins is fantastic). But I am yet to read the book and I love Cecelia Ahern's other works.
2.) The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. I read the blurb to this and thought the premise sounded like something I enjoyed! A book literally about the first fifteen lives of a man named Harry August, I thought the concept would be fun to read about and it would make a great holiday read. I got this from book depository, free worldwide delivery and the prices are unparalleled: http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=110498
3.) The Wrath and the Dawn & The Rose and the Dagger which is a duology by Renee Ahdieh. This is a two book series about a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all. This series is Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights. I can't wait to read this series!
4.) The Maggie Smith Biography - Maggie Smith is one of my favourite people the grace the earth. I love her as Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter series, as well as in the film of 'the Lady in the Van' (which is one of my favourite books.) She intrigues me so much, I knew when I saw it that I wanted to read her biography, just to know more about the actress that I admire.
5.) The Maze Runner Quartet - James Dashner. The Maze Runner series has always had mixed reviews. Admittedly, I picked this up when I was about 14. So my views on dystopian novels has now changed, and I am not as interested as I once was. Seeing as I do have all four books, I thought I might give this series a go this summer.
6.) The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman is about a lighthouse keeper and his wife that finds a baby on the seashore and the events that ensue after. I find the premise of this book sounds like something I will enjoy. I also really want to see the film, as I haven't seen it yet, and thought I should definately read the book first.
7.) Harry Potter. Need is say more? I love Harry Potter and can think of nothing better than reading this on the beach.
8.) The Power Naomi Alderman. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly. This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world. This. Books. Sounds. Phenomenal. As soon as I knew what this was about, I ordered it. I love books about gender studies and this just sounds like the best premise for a book ever.
So those are the books I hope to read this summer. I hope this has given you some ideas about what books you might like to read soon.