Looking for your next poolside novel this 2018? Here are six great books to read this summer, from comedies to autobiographies to horrors.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
Easily the best book I have read in a long time. I saw this cover gracing holiday-makers’ beach flat lays on Instagram, on the best-seller shelves in most book stores and on pretty much every magazine’s summer reading list – I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. The life of an outsider who is affected by trauma is vividly captured in Gail Honeyman’s debut novel. I was hooked from the beginning and I can’t wait to see what she writes next – I’ll be first in line at the checkout! (5/5)
How to Stop Time, Matt Haig
I so loved Matt Haig’s last novel, The Radleys, so I was itching to get my hands on his latest work when I found out something new had been released. Matt Haig is both an excellent storyteller and a very interesting man. After reading this book, I listened to a couple of podcasts he featured in and, well, let’s just say he’s got quite the story to tell – especially if you’re interested in mental health. A highly recommended read. (4.5/5)
Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
I mean, you simply can’t even begin to mention summer reading lists without that token trashy thriller – amirite? A horror story set in the UK, Into the Water is the story of a woman who is obsessed with finding out secrets about a river where people are either drowned or commit suicides. An easy read and a great page-turning mystery to wet your literary whistle. (4/5)
Women Who Blow on Knots, Ece Temelkuran
As far as high-brow reading goes, I’m at the other end of the spectrum. For me, books are about escapism and voyeurism, so picking a book like this, a book whose storyline is steeped in rich history and culture, was a bit of a gamble. And, to be totally honest, I struggled. I picked it up because its core feminist messaging piqued my interest, but once I got reading I realised how little I knew of Tunisia’s fall to Libya, or of Egypt as the Tahrir Square protests erupt. Said historical moments are integral to the women’s relationship’s and rapport with each other and the other characters in the story, so I found myself constantly getting lost and not being able to follow the narrative very well. Sorry Temelkuran, it’s not you, it’s me. (3/5)
Faking Friends, Jane Fallon
You may remember I discovered this author last year, and loved her novel Foursome. Fastfoward 12-months, and I’ve got my hands on another Jane Fallon book, which I also bloody love. A great read for when you’re lying horizontal on a beach, Aperol in hand, and don’t want to have to think about much else than the characters in your chick-lit novel. Well, this one ticks all the boxes – again. (4/5)
Grace: A Memoir, Grace Coddington
I know this isn’t exactly a new book, but I’ve been dying to read it for years. I was gifted Grace’s memoir for my birthday last year, but due to the sheer coffee table size and weight of the book, it’s not been particularly practical to lump around on my travels. Anyhoo, I’ve finally managed to thumb my way through the thick glossy pages and can definitely recommend this to any fashion lovers out there. An honest and open diary of Vogue’s 30-year long creative director – plenty of interesting anecdotes, as you can imagine. (5/5)
Do you have any other great books to read this summer? Drop me a comment below and let me know what you’re reading!