Summer has well and truly set in here in the land down under. I’ve spent hours lying on the beach, by the pool and on the balcony, freckles turning my skin into a tanned dot-to-dot, and there’s still six weeks to go!
After being curled up by a roaring fire, there’s nothing I’d rather do in the summer heat than diving into novel after novel. So whether it’s summer where you are, or you’re simply staring out the window at the rain, wishing for summer, here’s a list of books that are must-read’s for summer – or simply to transport you to days full of sunshine and joy!
Christmas at Claridges by Karen Swan
Technically, this is probably meant as a festive read – it’s certainly why I picked it up. But when over half the book is set in Portofino during summer, there’s a definite summer vibe that will have you wishing for sun-drenched days, cool oceans, plates full of pasta and pastel buildings. I know it’s got me looking for flights back to Europe!
Bittersweet by Danielle Steel
As far as I’m concerned, all Danielle Steel books are perfect summer reading, but this one really does it. Set in Cape Cod during the summer, it’s full of self-discovery, love and more than the occasional yacht!
The Island by Elin Hilderbrand
Take 3 sisters, a daughter, some ex-lovers, throw them onto a remote island off Nantucket and you’ve got the perfect summertime read! This is high on my TBR list before Summer ends!
Girl Out Of Water by Laura Silverman
Anise Sawyer plans to spend summer with her friends, surfing and throwing bonfires. But when a car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, Anise flies with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth. Complicating matters is Lincoln, a charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home, leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves?
Does this not sound like the perfect book to lose yourself in on long summer days?
Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares
4 friends, 1 pair of magical jeans, Greece, Mexico, love, heartbreak and friendship. This should be read, and re-read, every summer without fail. End of story. (Oh and if it’s raining outside, it also makes the perfect summer movie!)
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
Carolina beaches, a cute guy, a girl who’s angry and love – first love. Hello, summer! This also makes great summer watching – because who doesn’t love watching Miley and Liam fall in love in front of them?
The Beach Club by Elin Hilderbrand
In this juicy first novel by a talented newcomer, a series of personal dramas are played out during one summer at a Nantucket Beach Club. It’s about the love of summer, summer love, and the special feelings we all have for that special summer place–in this case, a hotel and an island.Mack Petersen, manager of the hotel, has been working at The Beach Club for 12 summers. Only this summer is different. His boss, the owner of the hotel, Bill Elliot, shows up in the spring with a new set of demands. His girlfriend Maribel is pressing Mack to get married and Vance, the African-American bellman, who has hated Mack since the day Mack stole his job 12 years ago, threatens him in a deadly scene. Mack knows something’s got to give.Love O’Donnell, the new front desk person straight from the slopes of Aspen, is desperately searching for a stranger to father her child. The bellman, Jem Crandall, who posed as Mr November in his college calendar, is on his way to LA to break into agenting, until he falls in love with Maribel. Emotions are at a peak when a hurricane threatens to wash away The Beach Club and all it stands for.An engrossing, sexy novel that will sweep you away to the beach any time of the year.
Yes, this book may be 17 years old, but my Lord it sounds like a page turner! Have already added it to my Summer TBR list and will report back shortly!
The Light Between Oceans by M.J. Stedman
It’s been a while since a book has made me cry, gasp and laugh but this one did. Set in Australia that starts in 1918, it tells the story of a lighthouse keeper, his wife, and a decision they made that changed two worlds forever. If you’ve not read this yet, I urge to find a copy and do so now.
Do you have any books that I should be adding to my summer reading list? Or ones that you read every summer? I’d love to hear so let me know in the comments!