The weather in England may be pretty miserable at the moment, but I have a number of books that I am excited to read over the coming months, so I thought I would share some of the ones that I am particularly looking forward to reading soon.
I know that I don’t like to make a tbr because I am definitely a mood reader, but I think that these are the books that I will be choosing from during the summer months. Knowing me, I won’t read them all this summer, but the intention is there, and hopefully this will help to inspire you and your summer / holiday reading.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I would like to mention this book first because it is going to be released on 27th May in the UK. I was lucky enough to receive the novel as an e-arc via NetGalley and I loved it, so this is on this list as a recommendation.
Set in 1983, Malibu Rising follows the Riva siblings on the day of the infamous yearly Riva party. This year’s party will be the biggest yet with misbehaving guests running wild, drama to unfold, secrets to uncover, and literal flames. With chapters that look to the past to reveal the Riva sibling’s childhood and the relationship between their mother and the legendary singer Mick Riva, Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master of character and creates a narrative that feels amazingly real.
This is a novel to lose yourself in this summer, and I hope you love the bond between the Riva siblings as much as I did.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
As a teenager, I read Lola and the Boy Next Door on holiday one year. I had picked the book up in Waterstone’s because it sounded like an enjoyable YA romance, but I don’t think I knew that the book was not the first in the ‘series’. My understanding is that the books can be read as standalone novels, but there is a trio of them. Anna and the French Kiss is the first in the trilogy, and it is the book that I hear most people talking about, so I would like to finally read it and see if I like it as much as other readers.
I don’t know a lot about the plot of the novel, but as a YA romance, I think I have some idea what to expect and hope for a fun, cute, flirty read that will be the kind of holiday / summer reading that I am looking for.
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
After aadoring The Flatshare and The Switch, I had to pre-order O’Leary’s newest novel. The Road Trip was published at the end of April and I am so excited to dive in, but also want to save the novel. I am thinking that this is potentially the book that I will take on holiday this year because I know and trust that Beth O’Leary will deliver characters and a plot that I love.
Whilst on the way to a friend’s wedding, two cars collide. Addie has no choice but to offer a lift to those in the other car, but those people are her ex Dylan and his friend. With a long drive to Scotland ahead, and a car full of people, luggage, and history, this is sure to be an interesting journey.
If you have never read either The Flatshare or The Switch, I highly recommend adding them to your summer reading list.
The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander
This is a novel that I bought recently because I thought that it would make a lovely read for the summer. So far, the story is making me think of a similar vibe to The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend , which is a novel that I loved and recommend, especially to bookworms.
The Littlest Library follows Jess as she undergoes big changes in her life and then decides to move to a cottage in the countryside. She finds that she is also the owner of a telephone box, so turns it into a library. As the villagers begin to borrow the books, people are brought together again.
This novel sounds really lovely, and I am hoping that it will be a wholesome summer read, perfect for a relaxing day.
Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
If you have read some of my other blog posts, or follow me on Instagram, you may know that Jojo Moyes is one of my favourite authors.
I bought Paris for One and Other Stories because I love Moyes’ writing style and the way that she creates character, so I thought a book of short stories could be good. However, I am yet to read it! I am determined that this will be the year that I finally pick up this book and dive in to the stories inside.
I think that a book of short stories will be good for the summer because I will be able to dip in and out of the book if I want, and it won’t feel like a heavy read that will take me ages to get through.
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
After reading, and loving, Malibu Rising, I am keen to read more of Jenkins Reid’s novels, and where better to start than this bestselling novel. Daisy Jones and the Six has been all over bookstagram, was part of Reese Witherspoon’s book club, and is being made into a film starring Sam Claflin.
Written in an interview style, Daisy Jones and the Six documents the rise and fall of the famous band and explores the reasons for their break up in the summer of 1979.
From what I know about Jenkins Reid, I am expecting well-crafted and complex characters, a great narrative style, a book that I can’t stop thinking about, and a narrative that feels so real I forget that this is a work of ficiton.
I am so excited to read this novel!
Heartstopper Vol. 4 by Alice Oseman
I know that I will devour this graphic novel in not very much time at all, but it has to be on my list. I am eagerly awaiting my copy in the post, and I cannot wait to dive into this installment of Nick and Charlie’s story.
If you’ve not heard of Heartstopper or Alice Oseman, where have you been?!
Really though, I highly recommend checking out Heartstopper as well as Oseman’s novels.
Heartstopper is a brilliantly inclusive story about relationships, mental health, sexuality, eating disorders, and much more. Oseman has a way of depicting and exploring issues with sensitivity and honesty that makes her a great writer, and definitely give her work a try.
I don’t want to say too much about what the plot of this volume may be because you may not have read the previous installments, but I’m looking forward to being back with Nick, Charlie, and their friends and family for more wholesome romance, great characters, and thoughtful and well-crafted narratives.
I hope that this has inspired you to pick up some of these books, or provided some summer / holiday reading inspiration.
Let me know down in the comments which book/s you are looking forward to reading soon!
And whatever you’re planning to read, I hope you enjoy!