Welcome back for another post! There are lots of books I’d like to read this summer, and now that University is over I feel I finally have the time to knuckle down and get some reading done.
Whether you’re looking for a book that screams beach-read, or a more thought-provoking read to keep you busy this summer, this list offers some fun suggestions to read in the next few months!
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1. ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood
* ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood was one of my favourite reads last year, and I enjoyed it a lot. I would recommend it for this summer, as it’s captivating, inspiring, and gripping. I would love to re-read this one this summer, as it’s such an engaging read.
If you want to read something thought-provoking this summer, definitely pick up this award-winning read. You could also read Atwood’s first novel in the series, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘. I find both of these books incredibly empowering, and I would really recommend them for this summer.
2. ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernardine Evaristo
This *book has been on everyone’s reading list since it won the Booker Prize in 2019, and it’s been on my list for a while. Following the lives of 12 different people living in the UK, I’m excited to read the portrayal of various characters as they follow different paths in life.
I think I’ll definitely be purchasing a copy of this book soon, and it’s set up to be an engaging summer read.
3. ‘A Moveable Feast’ by Ernest Hemingway
I read this *book last summer and- in true Hemingway style- it’s a very descriptive portrayal of his travels around Europe. The descriptions of his time in places such as Paris were so evocative and detailed, and I felt transported to the glamorous cities he was describing.
I think this would make a great summer read because of its beautiful description, and if you can’t get out of your home country this summer, at least you can read about someone else’s exciting travels.
4. ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama
* ‘Becoming’ is another title which seems to be on everyone’s list at the moment. An auto-biography of Michelle’s life- both her role as First Lady and her life before and after. I’ve started watching the Netflix documentary based on this book and Michelle’s ‘Becoming’ tour, and I’m really enjoying it- and so this summer I’d love to pick up the book.
5. ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett
I really want to read *this book, and I’ve been meaning to read it for a long time!
I’ve watched the film version of *‘The Help’ but I’ve still not read the book- and that is something I would like to change this summer! It’s such an important read, and as a history student I love gaining an even deeper understanding of the race relations at play during the 1960s.
These reads are guaranteed to ward off any boredom as we wait for shops, pubs, and bars to reopen this summer. I’m looking forward to trying a couple of these myself, and I hope you find your next summer read on this list!
And if this list doesn’t give you a recommendation you want to try, check out my Pride recommendations- just because it’s not June, they’re still a great selection of books!
Have you read any of these books? Do you enjoy summer reads? What’s your favourite thing to read during the summer?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x
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