This is not the first time I’ve posted about my book obsession. Over Summer I have taken full advantage of lazy days by the pool on holiday and sunny days in the garden to soak up a good few books. I love using my Goodreads account to keep track of what I’ve read and what I want to read. 15 books later, I have picked my Top 5 Summer reads. I have re-read the first two Harry Potter books this Summer but I’m not including them on my list because I’ve read them multiple times before and if I included them every time I did a post like this, they’d be all I’d ever mention. I also have to apologise because three of these books did feature in my Summer Reads post. But hey, that just reiterates how good they were, right?
#5 Into the Water – Paula Hawkins
From infamous The Girl on the Train author, Paula Hawkins, this book is anything but ordinary. If you expect anything like The Girl on the Train, you may be disappointed but I feel the book deserves to be given a chance. Nel phones her sister, Jules, just days before her death but Jules doesn’t pick up and is now forced to return to the place she left behind as a teenager. This book focuses on the mystery of Nel’s death and the intriguingly named ‘drowning pool’. Do I think this book was as good as The Girl on the Train? No, but it as still a great read and one that I’d recommend.
#4 Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty
This is one I featured in my Summer Reads post but now that I’ve had some months away from it some of my opinions may differ. I think this book is so clever, it mainly focuses on just one event that happened on one afternoon but there is so much going on to suck you in to the plot. It’s the kind of book you can’t put down because it could end in so many ways and you have to know which way it’s going to go.
#3 When I Was Invisible – Dorothy Koomson
After my Summer holiday, this would have been higher up in my list but again, having time to reflect, the book just hasn’t stayed with me as much as others. There are so many life lessons in this book and it really was a great read. When you’re eight years old, you think your best friend is going to be your best friend forever but for Nika and Roni, they part ways and live very different adult lives. This was a book that I read in a day, partly because I was on holiday with no obligations other than lying by the pool but partly because I stayed up until about 2am because I had to know how it was going to conclude.
#2 The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes/The Lost Daughter – Diane Chamberlain
I read this under the title ‘The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes’ but it appears to have been republished and renamed ‘The Lost Daughter’. This book was certainly a page turner. Diane Chamberlain is an incredible author and there’s always just enough detail in her books. Not too much that it’s boring but enough that you can tell she’s done the research and what is going on is totally plausible, if not a bit unrealistic for the everyday person. There is a lot of drama in this book: a murder unsolved for twenty years; a man wrongly imprisoned; and a missing baby. What more do you want? This is a book I read on holiday and came home and shouted about it from the rooftops and I know some of my friends and family have gone on to think it’s great, just like I do!
#1 Great Small Things – Jodi Picoult
I don’t even know where to start with this book. It was so obviously going to be my number 1 in this list. Civil Rights is something that has interested me since learning about the Civil Rights Movement in school. It baffles me that racism of any kind is ongoing and this book is hard hitting regarding this. At times, my emotions were so strong reading this. It really was incredible and it will definitely make you think in ways you probably never had. If you only read one book on this list, it has to be this one.