Chillin out, maxin’, relaxing all cool, flicking through some novels outside of the pool! If this sounds like your perfect summer holiday, here are some great reads to get you in the mood – whether you’re lounging in the sun with your e-reader or packing a novel to take with you to the beach.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
What seems like the start of the perfect summer for Emily because she’ll be spending all of her free time with her best friend Sloane quickly turns awry when Sloane and her family vanish out of the blue without any sort of goodbye. Sloane won’t pick up her phone or answer any of Emily’s texts, but she has left behind a to-do list for Emily to carry out. For a mysterious, fun and highly-recommended summer read about friendship, coming out of your shell and living a little, check out Since You’ve Been Gone.
The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
If you’re a decade late to the party (like I was) and fancy a little summer series with a lot of adventure, check out The Percy Jackson series. Follow Percy as he discovers his lineage as a demi-god, goes to Camp Half-Blood, makes friends and enemies, battles creatures straight out of ancient myths, reasons with Greek Gods and Goddesses, and tries to save the world – all while navigating around growing pains and teenage blues. Although this series is written for middle-school readers, it’s delightful and charming enough to capture the hearts of readers of any age. A must-read for fans of Harry Potter or mythology!
The Disenchantments by Nina Lacour
Bev and Colby have been dreaming of graduating high school for years, not to start college, but to hit the road the second school is out and go on tour with Bev’s band, living life without cares or restraints and seeing where the road takes them. But things get awkward when Bev drops a bombshell on her best friend: she is in fact going to college (eek!). The show must go on, and there begins a difficult and tension-filled journey on the road. First loves, growing up and coming to terms with your decisions (and the people you might leave behind as a consequence) come together in this warm novel that will make you want to pack your bags and leave for a road trip tomorrow.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already seen the gorgeous trailer for the upcoming movie based on this novel (with a few familiar faces: Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, anyone?) pop up around the internet. The book, like the movie, follows Lou Clark who finds a richer life upon becoming the carer of wheelchair-bound Will Traynor. Tragic, gorgeous and sure to be a fantastic film (if it follows close to the novel!), Me Before You is a read you might want to be near a body of water for after you’ve finished. Why? To hide the tears!
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Breathtaking, mysterious and beautiful, We Were Liars details the tragedies of living the so-called ‘good life’ and how money can rip a family into pieces. The novel follows Cadence, who records her life in summers spent on her grandfather’s private island with her family members, trying to navigate her way through disjointed memories, amnesia, migraines and a sense of loss in her seventeenth summer on the island. Gorgeous prose and puzzle-piece chapters lead up to a thrilling plot twist you won’t see coming. We Were Liars is perfect for lovers of words and the way they’re woven together to make you truly feel.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Time-travel, adventure and pirates come alive in this atmospheric novel as readers follow violinist Etta and seaman Nicholas across centuries and seas as they chase down time and run from a colony family desperate to capture Etta. The novel, despite its place in the fantasy genre, deals well with real-world issues and conflicting decisions, all whilst grabbing the hands of readers and pulling them along the journey of the two main characters. Published at the beginning of 2016 and receiving continuous praise from the day of its release, Passenger is a perfect read for fans of Outlander, fantasy novels and historical fiction.