For those of you that are lucky enough to be getting away this summer, now would be the perfect time to find your perfect holiday read to match. Whether it’s a laptop, Amazon Kindle, tablet or paperback, there’s a lot of books to be read and many stories to be told. Now that you’re escaping Britain, we thought it’d be great to escape reality and create some alone time for yourself.
In this summer’s selection, we’ve seen huge popularity in two themes/ genres. The first is to depict modern society through the eyes of specific characters and their experiences with it. This allows you to see these fast-changing times through the struggles of other people, with times of great adversity showing strength and willing to carry on. Used to both capture and inspire, giving you something to reflect on.
Queenie by Candice Carty Williams
Hailed as the black Bridget Jones, Queenie takes on her own struggles in modern day society. This book focuses on the troubles that come with finding love or finding something to replace love. It has an honest emphasis on our political society showing how a lady of her heritage can be affected and in doing so becomes more inclusive than many novels on the shelves at the moment. This book is available to buy over on Amazon.
Ordinary People by Diana Evans
On the backdrop of Obama’s monumental victory in 2008. Ordinary people explore the lives of two suburban couples, redefining their identity in the new stages in their lives. This book investigates the withering thoughts that seem to come with a long marriage as they begin to question their intimacy, friendships, love and loss. Ordinary People has immersed in the familiarity of the midlife crisis, woven in with the troubles of modern societies judgements.
The New Me by Halle Butler
After being on a temp job for so long, Millie starts to feel her life is on repeat. Fixated on the goals she wants to achieve but stuck in the same position without any hope of relief. That’s until a full-time position opens, allowing her to realise that her dreams could be possible. Although with this realisation comes with the awakening of how shallow her dreams are causing her to question everything. This millennial literature is a defining moment in modern day society and following Mollie on this journey undoubtedly fascinating.
The second major theme is Thrillers. They’re renowned for being captivating, capturing the reader through intellectual challenges. Wondering what the next step could be. Trying to work out who did what and how our minds don’t seem to escape a book once we start it and won’t leave until the mysteries are unravelled. Therefore, we have put these three thrillers into our list to immerse and take your mind off reality for the time your away.
I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie
Twenty years after Amanda Holmes was found bludgeoned ashore of The McAllister’s family camp Macaw there has still been no arrests. After an investigation and a lot of interviews, the McAllister family must come together and reside in the family camp to read their fathers will. One of the demands in the will is to settle a vote that cannot be taken lightly. This book digs deep into each of the characters finding clues and trails to lead up to the final decision that will even leave you questioning whether it’s the right choice.
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
When a babysitter finds the perfect ad in the paper. Seduced by the image of a perfect house, perfect family and perfect life. However, she’s quick to find out that it is far from perfect. With one child dead and finding herself facing the charge for the murder and awaiting trial. We find out how she believed to end up there, through letters written to her lawyer but is this the whole story? She’s not guilty, but she’s definitely not innocent.
Another that’s worth a mention…
Recursion by Blake Crouch
False memory syndrome, Barry Sutton’s new worst enemy. Learning about this disease drives him to work with neuroscientist Helena Smith.
She understands the power of memory and wishes to harness it and develop technology to manipulate them.
What if you could go back and relive your magical first kiss, was able to say goodbye to your favourite loved one once more, tell them what you’ve wanted to say all this time without them. Blake Crouch plays with the idea when Helena Smith Works with Barry in-order to make such a device. This, however, troubles Barry as he comes face-to-face with a revealed opponent, more harmful and misunderstood than the disease itself. Can they take on the challenges that are arising? Should they be playing with the fabric of reality and changing memory as they know it?