Need a good book for your Summer vacation or perhaps a little inspiration for your next book club meet up? Here’s our ultimate guide to the best books to read this summer.
Calling all bookworms! Summer’s fast approaching, which means you can take a break from the usual school routine and finally put your feet up for some well-earned quality ‘me’ time. And what better way to do that than curling up with a good book (preferably on a sun-kissed beach if possible) and time to leisurely while away?
Here are our top 10 reads to get your hands on:
- Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto
A gripping, true historical story about a Japanese and American family who found themselves on opposite sides during World War II. The Fukuhara children were raised in the United States and moved to Japan after their father’s death. Two American siblings return to America, while their brothers remain in Japan. As the war progresses, their paths are bound to cross each other.
- My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
A 2016 New York Times bestseller and the fifth novel by American writer Elizabeth Strout, this is a heart-wrenching read based on the benefit of hindsight and the unreliability of memory. Set in the mid 1980’s, Lucy is hospitalized for nine weeks and is visited by her estranged mother. Read about their deep connection as the two reunite through stories about Lucy’s strange, poverty-ridden childhood in rural Illinois.
- The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning, sees the same scenery every morning, sees the same people each day on her commute. And then, as she passes by one of the houses on her route, she sees something shocking and suddenly everything changes.
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Not a light hearted read, The Kite Runner brings out the harsh realities of cultural gaps, betrayal, guilt and revenge.
- The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Every family has problems and is dysfunctional on some level. The Nest is an endearing story about four adult siblings and how a shared inheritance shapes their lives and choices.
- Lust & Wonder: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
Ranked as the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Burroughs latest book is for anyone who has loved and lost and loved again.
- The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
A Pulitzer Prize winner for The Emperor of All Maladies, Mukherjee now turns his attention to the humble gene and the story about the future of humanity itself.
- The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
Something for the expatriate from any walk of life. From the author of the famous novel ‘The Piano Teacher’, The Expatriates revolves around three American women living in the same expat community in Hong Kong and their lives as expats. Read on as they try to establish their own identities, living as outsiders but trying to mesh with the locals.
- All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead
A heart breaking tear-jerker, this is a biography of the author losing her partner in a drowning accident while he was rescuing their oldest son from drowning himself. If you’re in the mood for a deep story of love and loss, and how sudden death can affect those who survive, this is it.
- How To Be Single by Liz Tuccillo
Based on a simple premise that will resonate with every woman on the planet – how do women handle being single? After watching three of her closest friends have disastrous love lives, Julie embarks on a quest around the world to find out for herself what it means to be a single woman in today’s society and how to cope with it, but at the same time, hoping to find love and romance.
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Written for Parents World by Priyanka Elhence. Priyanka is a busy mom of 9 yr old twin boys. She writes on anything from lifestyle and dining to parenting and celebrity profiles.