10 of the Best Books for Summer Reading
Some argue that there’s nothing better than getting lost in a good book. What do you think? Do you love the feeling of discovering new worlds, characters and ideas? Do you love the relaxing ‘me’ time of a good book? Are you looking for a great read this summer? Then you’re in the right place! Here’s 10 of the best books for summer reading. Check it out!
- To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Simply put, this is a classic. With themes of justice, racism and power struggles, there’s a lot to think about in this challenging novel. Perhaps you studied it at school already but if you didn’t? That’s why it’s number one on our summer reading list.
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Díaz
A great read for anyone about to go off to college. Events unfold as the characters attend Rutgers University as students and roommates. Sci-fi and fantastical elements make this book very difficult to put down.
- A Long Way from Home – Peter Carey
Brand new out this year, this high-speed story whizzes through adventure, excitement and driving… fast. It’s set in the 1950s and depicts the Redex Trial, a thrilling race across Australia which pushes both the car and the characters to the limit.
- Frankenstein – Mary Shelly
You may already know the story of man and monster. You may have even seen movies and other adaptions. But nothing beats the original, chilling tale. Expect to be intrigued, saddened and inspired, sometimes all at once.
- The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
Beautifully interweaving past and present, the story of Allan Karlsson is a humorous, touching and heart-warming tale. What will you learn from this book? Well, whether you’re about to go off to college or you’re 100 years old, life is an unexpected and delightful adventure, there to be celebrated.
- Bearskin – James A. McLaughlin
Hold onto your hats… this thriller is a white knuckle read. The protagonist faces pursuit by the Mexican drug cartel, and if that wasn’t bad enough, stumbles upon a bear poaching ring in the darkest depths of the Appalachia. It’s been described as both remarkable and terrifying… find out why.
- The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
Did you love reading this magical series as a child? Well if possible, reading the books again years later is possibly even more enjoyable. Diagon Alley, The Shrieking Shack and the Room of Requirements… the magic and mystery lives on. Let your imagination roam and dig back into the world of The Boy Who Lived.
- Richard Nixon: The Life – John A. Farrell
We couldn’t help but include a biography on this list. And we chose this one because it’s a particularly interesting read which you’ll probably find comes up in conversation at some point. Find out what everyone’s talking about.
- Your School Books
We know, this isn’t a typical ‘summer read’. But it’s definitely worth reading through and reviewing your school books during the holidays. Just a few hours a week of refreshing your studies will be well worth your time. And then you can get back to the other books and stories you simply can’t put down!
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
This is another book which always seems to appear on lists of ‘books to read before you die’. And it’s easy to see why. In addition to being a classic tale of friendship and coming of age, it’s also a key read for any feminist, even almost 150 years after the book was first published.
Feeling excited to get reading? We hope this list helps!