Six Brilliant Summer Reads You’ll Love

I will forever be envious of people who can take their time with a book, devouring a chapter at a time and making a real occasion out of reading a new novel. I am also jealous of how much less they probably spend on books if I am going to be entirely honest.

Ever since I can remember I have been an avid, and also frustratingly quick reader. I can digest a book cover to cover in one to two sittings if I am given the time and opportunity. Not skim reading either, I actually take less in if I try to slow down.

Therefore I have quite the library at home (and a well-used, well-worn library card too). One of my biggest pleasures in life is passing on a book to another to enjoy, and having a real good chat about it afterwards.

Discovering an opportunity out of this rather expensive hobby, I have decided to start sharing the books I read, with quick ratings and a really brief synopsis, as if you’re like me, you don’t want to know too much before you get stuck in!

These are all books I have read in June – July.

Happy reading.

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The Gringo Trail – Mark Mann

This diary of an adventure across South America had me laughing out loud (seriously) on the first page. It’s brilliantly written, and manages to be both entertaining and hauntingly dark at the same time. 4/5

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Bear Town – Fredrik Backman

A book that I had passed on to me by my mother-in-law and fellow bookworm. The first book in a while that actually had me questioning the way I look at things throughout, and gave me a lot of food for thought. It follows the day to day lives of a local small town Hockey team, and goes to show, you never really do know your neighbours. 4/5

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Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

The much awaited book from the brilliant Girl on The Train author. It was a great read, with plenty to leave you thinking about and hard to tear away from when real-life is needing your attention. Sadly though, I felt it was much too hyped up and therefore I left feeling a little disappointed. My advice, go in open minded and it could be brilliant. 3/5

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Nomad – James Swallow

It’s a best-seller for a reason. Tense, well-researched and provokes a lot of questions. I wouldn’t say it’s a book I will forever remember, however it’s a great read, especially when travelling. It fully absorbs you and you forget the world around you for a short space of time. 3/5

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Everybody Lies – Seth Stephens Davidowitz

I like to mix up my fiction with a peppering of non-fiction to appease my analytical side of my brain. This book really appealed to me as a data and analytics manager myself, and really opened up my eyes to how our computers really do know more about us as people than we share or tell others. Interesting take on how people portray themselves vs. what they really think (or ask Google). 4/5

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 Miracle in the Andes – Nando Parrado

A true story of existence, endurance and the remarkable instinct of humans to just survive. I personally didn’t know much about the story before opening up and reading, and I would recommend that anyone who picks up this book takes the same approach. I honestly couldn’t believe this was a true story. 4.5/5