Must-read books for summer 2018
Pick up a page turner this summer
If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to a sunny destination this year (we’re not jealous at all…) then you might want to pick up some new reading material to keep you entertained. Whether it’s to make a long haul flight more bearable or for those long lazy afternoons on the beach sunbathing, we’ve picked out some of the best books for you to get lost in on your holiday.
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Our top book picks of 2018
If you’re looking for some of the best new books to read then check out our recommendations below. We’ve tried to find something for everyone, so if you’re into fantasy, crime or contemporary fiction, we’re hoping there will be a book from a genre that you like.
Our House – Louise Candlish
This nail-biting thriller has been one of the most talked about books of this year. Fiona Lawson arrives home one day to find strangers moving into her house that she shares with husband, Bram, and their two children. But as far a she is aware the house was not up for sale and now Bram has disappeared. Fiona is left trying to figure out what has happened and unearths how her husband’s folly has led to appalling consequences. Our House is a must-read for this summer, especially if you love a good thrilling page-turner.
Read it if you liked: The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins, Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn & Into the Water – Paula Hawkins
Circe – Madeline Miller
If you’re into Greek mythology then this is an absolute must-read. And if you aren’t, we’d still recommend that you give this a whirl. Circe is a rewriting of the Odyssey, telling the story of a powerful witch called Circe, firstborn of Helios the sun god and beautiful nymph Perse. After Zeus banishes Circe to a deserted island, she learns to harness her occult craft by drawing strength from nature. Circe’s independence attracts wrath from men and gods alike and to protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from or the mortals she has come to love.
Read it if you liked: The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
This debut novel from Gail Honeyman tells of the story of Eleanor, a girl who leads a simple life; she wears the same clothes every day, eats the same lunch every day and buys same Tesco pizza and two bottles of vodka every Friday night. After an old man falls over in the street, she is coerced into helping him by a work colleague, Raymond, an IT guy from her office. Following this simple act of kindness, Eleanor’s life is turned upside down. It’s a quirky, heart-warming read that addresses a lot of important issues affecting society such as loneliness.
Read it if you liked: The Empathy Problem – Gavin Extence, Sweetbitter – Stephanie Danler
The Woman in the Window – AJ Finn
Another epic thriller novel that follows Anna Fox, a chronic agoraphobic living in New York City who hasn’t left her home in ten months and spends her days drinking wine. She’s a former child psychologist who once lived a busy life with her husband and daughter until they left her. When the Russells move in across the street, Anna becomes fascinated with watching them from her window. But one night she hears a bloodcurdling scream from their house and sees what she believes to be a murder. But when she reports to the police they don’t believe her, and Anna starts to question herself…
Read it if you liked: The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware, Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough
When Life Gives You Lululemons – Lauren Weisberger
New York Times Bestseller Lauren Weisberger is back with a new novel that stars one of her old characters from The Devil Wears Prada, Emily Charlton, who we know and love as Miranda Priestly’s first assistant. She’s back now as a highly successful image consultant who ends up in upscale suburb Greenwich with one of her oldest friends Miriam. When Miriam’s friend, Karolina, is dumped very publicly by her husband Senator Graham, Miriam enlists Miranda to help out.
Together the three of them are determined to help Karolina get her own back on her husband and along the way they figure out just how to survive living in the suburbs.
Read it if you liked: The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger, Sex and the City – Candace Bushnell
Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
So, this book was actually released in 2017, but if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet we’d urge you to do so this summer. From the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, this book explores emigration and refugee problems, through the story of two lovers, Nadia and Saeed. Their homeland has been on the brink of a civil war for some time and they eventually decide to flee. They travel from the Middle East to London and beyond, and we see the struggles they face along the way and how they find settling into new and unknown countries.
Read it if you liked: The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen
An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
An American Marriage has had a lot of buzz surrounding it this year – it was even in Oprah’s Book Club. This is the story of Celestial and Roy, a pair of newlyweds whose lives are ripped apart one year into their marriage when the police burst into their hotel room and arrest Roy. Roy is sentenced to twelve years for a crime that Celestial knows he didn’t commit. This love story is about their battle with the American justice system and how it has torn apart their lives.
Read it if you liked: The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas, Sing Unburied Sing – Jesmyn Ward
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) – Tomi Adeyemi
This debut epic fantasy from Nigerian-American novelist Tomi Adeyemi has had rave reviews ever since it was published earlier this year. You might need to clear your calendar as this book is over 500 pages, but don’t let that small piece of information put you off. This fantasy novel is set in the world of Orïsha, a land that once hummed with magic until evil King Saran ordered everyone with powers to be killed. Following this purge, Zélie was left without a mother and her people stripped of their powers. Now she has the chance to bring magic back to her people and strike back against the monarchy.
Read it if you liked: An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir