Summer, a perfect time to catch up on the backlog of books you just have to get round to. You’d be hard-pressed to find better locations than the beach or the park if you just want to while away the hours of a long summer day, flicking through the pages of an engaging and perhaps exotic novel.

If you haven’t already packed your bags with a stack of tantalising books for the summertime, it gives great delight to give you our recommended top 10 great summer reads.

Tangerine – Christine Mangan

Alice Shipley and her husband end up in Morocco with little for Alice to be entertained with. Suddenly, an old friend appears to set the record straight and give Alice a much more interesting time in an otherwise dreary environment.

An American Marriage – Tayari Jones

American Marriage, American dream, or so it should have been. Celestial and Roy are married and find themselves in a spot of bother – Roy has been arrested for a crime he did not commit. Celestial must find a way to release her lover before she loses him forever.

Florida – Lauren Groff

Florida encompasses many great threats to those who live within – this Florida is far more dangerous than that of our world for this one includes dangers of a more unusual source.

How To Stop Time – Matt Haig

How To Stop Time is about a man who has lived through the ages (literally) and his aversion to finding love – in order to not outlive someone he loves. A great book for anyone wanting to read about a character who is more than they are cracked up to be.

The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

Stella Lane, a most intelligent woman who suffers from Asperger’s, is unable to follow through on the ways of courting as she can with mathematics. The only solution – an escort to teach her all she needs to know of the ways of the bedroom.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh

Following a privileged woman in Manhattan who is unsure what to do with herself in a world made out to be her oyster. She will test any and all ways to find happiness – including the most unorthodox means.

When Life Gives You Lululemons – Lauren Weisberger

 An out of grace, fallen expert on media image for celebrities must figure out the sudden changes of the new world or she shall sink ever deeper into the abyss of irrelevance.

The Perfect Stranger – Megan Miranda

In rural Pennsylvania, Leah Stevens must work out her errors of the past in order to save her credibility and her recently missing friend who may not be who she says she was before she disappeared in a most mysterious manner.

Hourglass – Dani Shapiro

 Hourglass asks how marriage transforms over time for better or worse and why such occurrences turn out in the way that they do. If you want to question the reasons why marriage is such an oddity and wish for insight from a talented author, then look no further.

Fly Me – Daniel Riley

1972 Los Angeles is an alluring, confusing place for Suzy Whitman who explores all of the vices and pleasures California has to throw at her. Sadly for her, such a life has many dangers – a drug trafficking scheme is a good example.


And there you have it, 10 potential newcomers to your pile of books to read over this summer or maybe even next summer. So many summer books and so few summer days to read them in!

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