4 Fantastic Summer Reads
It might not be the sun-kissed holiday season we were expecting, but this year could be the most highly-anticipated and well-appreciated summer of all time. Although your reading may not be accompanied by sandy toes and beachside mojitos, these four novels make the perfect summer TBR. From the sweltering streets of Hong Kong to the wild lagoons of North Carolina, these books are guaranteed to set your wanderlust alight.
Read on to discover my top 4 summer reading recommendations for 2020!
Naoise Dolan (@naoisedolan)
A story which speaks to so many women in their early twenties, Exciting Times is Naoise Dolan's debut novel. Recently graduated and persuing a career in English teaching in Hong Kong, Ava's life seems to centre around her quasi-relationship with banker Julian. An interesting insight into the subtlties of emotional manipulation, and an ode to the messiness of the human heart, Exciting Times is fast-paced, funny, and character-led.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Emily M. Danforth (@emdanforth)
Set within the backdrop of rural 1990s Montana, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a coming-of-age novel following the life of its eponymous protagonist as she discovers her sexuality. When her parents die unexpectedly, Cameron is sent to live with her conservative aunt, who insists she attend a Christian 'correctional' boarding school after finding out about her relationship with a girl from her swim group. Emily M. Danforth's stunning descriptions of the rolling Montana countryside will have you dreaming of long, lazy summer days, dipping your toes into the cool waters of a mountain lake.
Where The Crawdads Sing
One of the most popular novels of the past few years, Where The Crawdads Sing is a beautifully-told story about a lonely girl who prefers the company of birds to humans, and is branded an outcast by locals from the nearby town. Despite the book's plot focusing mainly upon the life of isolated 'marsh girl' Kya, the novel is also about love, acceptance, and, somewhat surprisingly, a murder investigation. Where The Crawdads Sing is based within the marshes of North Carolina during the 1950s, Owens' writing dreamlike and fantastical.
Beth O'Leary (@betholearyauthor)
A novel to fulfil all your cheesy rom-com desires, The Switch is Beth O'Leary's newest release. Split between the idyllic countryside of Northern England and the bustling avenues of central London, the novel explores the relationship between a woman and her grandmother. Leena is a burnt-out twentysomething with a high-stress job and a fairly useless boyfriend. After being ordered to take a sabbatical from work, she heads back home to rural Yorkshire to stay with her newly-single grandmother, Eileen. When the two decide to try out a house-swap, they both gain much more than they were expecting. The Switch is lighthearted and enchanting, and proves that you're never too old to make a change.