It’s hard to beat the feeling of sitting in the summer sun with a book in hand. Now is the perfect time to start selecting books for your (or your family’s) must read summer list, so you’ll have the perfect line-up of titles for when the warmer months are upon us. Calling all bibliophiles, bookworms and literature lovers, here are some of our favourite books for your ultimate summer reading list.
For The Romance Enthusiasts – ‘Any Sunday’, by Debbie Macomber
This delightful novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, follows a fiercely independent young woman, Marjorie Majors, as she takes a leap of faith by trusting a charming physician. Though she doesn’t need, nor want, anyone to rely on, when a bad case of appendicitis becomes too much to bear she begrudgingly gives in and accepts she might need some help. Enter Dr. Sam Bretton, whose bedside manner can inspire confidence in anyone, and as he and Marjorie get to know one another, their friendship clearly has the potential to become something more.
For The Kids – ‘Jabari Jumps’, by Gaia Cornwall
In a sweet tale of overcoming your fears, debut author-illustrator Gaia Cornwall captures a moment at the swimming pool between an encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for. With the help of endearing illustrations, Cornwall charmingly captures how Jabari works up the courage to take the leap and make the jump. This book, ideal for children aged four to eight, showcases Jabari’s story of overcoming his nervousness is definitely something that kids can identify with and will enjoy reading along to.
For The Fans of Historical Fiction – ‘The Murmur of Bees’, by Sofia Segovia
The great thing about historical fiction is that it allows you to immerse yourself in a familiar yet romanticised world, where you might even get to learn something new about a chapter in history along the way. The Murmur of Bees is set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and the devastating influenza of 1918. It centres around both the fate of a country in flux and the destiny of one family that has put their love and faith in their adopted son’s mysterious powers to save their future in a country on the verge of revolution.
For The Crime Lovers – ‘Night Boat To Tangier’, by Kevin Barry
This 2019 Booker Prize winner is an entrancing and thrilling read. Follow the story of two aging Irish gangsters on the search for the missing daughter of one of theirs, all while reminiscing about the pair’s own youth and analyze the truths about their past. The setting alone is enticing, with backdrops such as Western Ireland and suburban Spain, and every word will leave you questioning and wanting more as you witness the tale unfold.
For Fans of True Stories – “Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike”, Phil Knight.
In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands. This is a surprisingly witty, insightful and inspiring read from one of the most powerful and successful brand creators in the world.