THE GIRLS // Emma Cline
'California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her life...'
Inspired by the Charles Manson cult, I'm anticipating a dark coming of age novel and am intrigued and beguiled before I've begun. This book has featured heavily on many of the BookTube channels I follow and the reviews have largely been positive. It strikes me as a book which will spark discussion and could be ideal for a book club.
THE MUSUEM OF YOU // Carys Bray
'Clover Quinn was a surprise. She used to imagine she was the good kind, now she's not sure. She'd like to ask Dad about it, but growing up in the saddest chapter of someone else's story is difficult...'
Carys Bray's 'A Song For Issy Bradley' was, unexpectedly, one of the stand-out books I read last summer. Again, this is a book which has received high praise on YouTube and I'm hoping for a touching family drama with Carys Bray's aptitude for fully fleshed out characters with interesting yet believable dynamics woven featuring throughout.
AFTER YOU // Jojo Moyes
'Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home. Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get the love of her life...'
Ok, so everybody knows about 'Me Before You' and whilst the first part of this duology wasn't anything revolutionary for me, I'd definitely like to revisit the characters and see how this narrative develops. Not only that, every summer reading list needs a good bit of chick lit and I'm sure this one will deliver.
THE SECRET HISTORY // Donna Tart
'Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever'
Just as a chick lit is a prerequisite of a summer reading list, so is a mystery. This book has been sat on my shelf for over a year, just waiting for the right moment to read it. And I think this summer is it. Donna Tartt's work seems to divide people, but The Secret History seems to be the safest bet of her books for a really satisfying read I can get my teeth into.
A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD // Anne Tyler
'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon... This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that summer's day in 1959. The whole family on the porch, half listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before'
I enjoyed reading Anne Tyler's 'Vinegar Girl' (part of Hogarth's Shakespeare retelling series) so much that I'm itching to pick up another of her books. She writes family dynamics in such a compelling way, and from what I've heard this Manbooker Prize shortlisted book is a gentle, character-driven family saga which will be perfect for summer days.
Are there any books you're looking forward to reading this summer?