12 Books You Should Read This Summer Now You Have The Time
Summer is arriving which means you can finally get back into the habit of reading for fun. And 2015 has been a great year for literature.
Here are 12 books you will love exploring.
1. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
This is the book of the year, the one you definitely have to read. This novel was written during the 1950s by the author who gave us the classic To Kill a Mockinbird. Set 20 years after the action of Harper Lee’s famous book, Go Set a Watchman tells the story of adult Scout Finch visiting her father, Atticus Finch, in Alabama. The book gives a brilliant generational view of the mid-1950s American society.
2. Princess Diaries XI: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot is back with a new opus of Princess Diaries. If you grew up with the fairy adventures of Mia Thermopolis, you will not be able to resist this new book. Five years after graduation, Mia’s soulmate, Michael, proposes to her whilst they are on vacations in Caribbean Islands.
3. Summer Secrets by Jane Green
Cat Coombs is a 22-year-old journalist who follows a dark and alcoholic path since she found out a terrible family secret. She ends up hurting her family and has to get back on track. Twenty years later, Cat goes back to Nantucket to gain her family’s forgiveness. If you want to read about redemption, then Summer Secrets is made for you.
4. The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide
In Tokyo, a couple of freelance copy-editors have forgotten to acknowledge the presence of each other. Silence has emerged between them and a significant gap has widened, leading them on different paths. But everything changes when a cat appears in their kitchen. This new little guest brings them together again and encourages them to talk to each other. If you share a love for cats, you will enjoy reading The Guest Cat.
5. Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen
Lottie Wilkinson, who wants distance from her husband, and Rose Arbuthnot, who dreams of getting away from her twins, decide to go on holiday for a month on the island of Maine. Two other emotionally broken women, Caroline Dester and Beverly Fisher, join Lottie and Rose on this fresh and life-changing experience. If you want to be part of this reflexive and relaxing journey, you should spend your summer days reading Enchanted August.
6. In the Country: stories by Mia Alvar
This novel offers nine stories about the life of Filipinos either in their homeland or overseas. In the Country gives a complete and original understanding of what “home” can represent for different individuals, and will therefore be meaningful to all of us.
7. The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Franny and Jim have been married for 35 years. They decide to celebrate their anniversary in Mallorca with their daughter Sylvia. Whereas they all enjoy the peaceful and relaxing environment offered by Spain, shocking secrets are revealed and tensions from the past are reanimated. The Vacationers is a book throwing light on the sides we all try to hide.
8. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari, the famous and talented American actor who plays in Parks and Recreation, has just written a comedic and hilarious novel about contemporary seduction. If you want to have a fun summer, you have to get Modern Romance. Laughs are guaranteed.
9. Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America by Joseph Kim
Joseph Kim describes his horrible survival in the enigmatic and terrifying North Korea during the Great Famine. Left alone, Joseph did his best to stay alive in the miserable Korean streets. After miraculously escaping to China, Joseph managed to leave for the United States where he went to university. Not only does Under the Same Sky narrate the extraordinary destiny of Joseph, it also gives a complete and accurate overview of the cruel North Korean environment. Definitely a must-read.
10. The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
After months spent looking for a job, Josephine has finally found something to get paid for. Whereas she has to enter numbers in what is called The Database, she feels increasingly nervous about her new work environment. This anxiety attains its maximum when her husband mysteriously disappears and comes back without any explanation. Josephine decides therefore to discover the truth about her new job. The Beautiful Bureaucrat is the perfect book to surprise and shock.
11. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Dara and Nick are sisters and cannot spend a minute away from each other. However, when Dara’s pretty face gets damaged after an accident, the two siblings stop talking to each other and become total strangers. But when Dara vanishes, Nick does her best to find her sister again. If you want to read a novel delivering catchy action, Vanishing Girls is made for you.
12. The Rose Hotel: A Memoir of Secrets, Loss, and Love Love from Iran to America by Rahimeh Andalibian
In this memoir, Rahimeh Andalibian tries to make sense of two tragedies that dramatically affected her life: the rape committed by her father and the murder her brother is being accused of. This book explores the precious relationship linking members of family together during a changing Iranian political context bringing the family to the United States. If you want to find out more about the exceptional life of Rahimed, then you should read her memoir.