May 31: Top Ten Books I Plan To Read On The Beach This Summer
Here we are again! Summer! This time last year I had just taken my last undergraduate exam and was free to relax for more than three months. This year I’m halfway through my first of two postgraduate modules, working three days a week and have two weeks off for summer. Sad times. Regardless, I do intend to utilise what little sun we have in the UK to the full extent on the day or two when it decides to pay us a visit, to read.
1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This was a series I decided not to purchase a year or so ago, but my friend Alice has convinced me to read it – apparently it’s like the Marauders from Harry Potter – so I’ve bought the entire series and plan to read them on my summer holiday in August.
2. The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
I adore crime/thriller novels and this one caught my attention because it is set in Exeter, UK, where I went to university (it’s a small city, so I should recognise many named places). A teacher is murdered and the murderer is loose in the city – I cannot wait to read this one!
3. Matilda by Roald Dahl
I read this book when I was a kid, but lately I’ve been feeling drawn to re-read it – I think it’s going to be one to read next month when I need a easy distraction from my impending essay deadline.
4. Disclaimer by Renee Knight
Another crime/thriller novel – I don’t have much insight into this one, but it’s been receiving so much critical acclaim that I know it’s a must read this summer.
5. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
I read The Rosie Project last year and absolutely loved it. The characters were hilarious, real and well-developed and the plot was first class. I’ve been meaning to get around to reading the sequel, but I’ve never managed to pick it up. Yet.
6. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
I’ve yet to read a Sophie Kinsella book (I have heard amazing things about the Shopaholic series) but I think this YA standalone is a good place to start. I’ve heard it has mental illness as a major theme, which is intriguing.
7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This novel was recommended to me by my friend Evie. I believe it’s a magical realism, a genre with which I have little experience, but I have a feeling that it’s going to be a really great story (this is probably another one to read during my summer vacation).
8. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I read, and enjoyed, Fangirl in 2014, although I wasn’t a huge fan of Simon Snow fanfiction elements. I have, however, heard numerous amazing things about this book, so I am going to dive into it.
9. Room by Emma Donoghue
I’ve heard so many people complimenting the book and the movie – I really want to read the book without getting the plot spoiled for me, so I should probably get on with it as soon as possible.
10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
Possibly the most exciting book on this list is this script from the upcoming play; set nineteen years later (after the battle of Hogwarts) it follows Harry, Hermione and Ron’s lives as adults – I’ll be seeing the play at the end of June (a month before the book is released!)
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