Monday, 21 July 2014

ten top summer reads

I promised myself that this month, as part of my bucket list, I would put together a summer reading list. I'm always happy with a good book when I'm sat on the beach or in the garden enjoying some sunshine. Summer is definitely the time of year when I tend to read more as I have more time. 

So here it is: I'm not sure I will get chance to read them all, but I am looking forward to trying.  
This is the third book in the series of a London fashion editor who moves to France. I loved the first two books. They were perfect holiday reading, and I am sure that this will be too. It is a very true experience of life in rural France. It is guaranteed to make you laugh and cry so keep the tissues to hand. 

Time to throw out all your diet books! This is a chic, classy and funny non-diet book that we have all been waiting for. It will have you laughing out loud! Learn to eat like a French woman, with your head not your stomach.

This story is on the beautiful island of Crete, an island I love, which is full of historical events. It is a 'moving and compelling about a lifetime's journey in search of the truth.' A great holiday read.

This is the first crime novel written by J. K. Rowling writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I am really looking forward to reading this one. It is a compelling mystery set in London, from the streets of Mayfair, the East End and the lively Soho.

Italy is never far away from my thoughts, and this funny book is about three girls who meet at Italian evening classes and become good friends. Perhaps I also ought to start learning Italian, like I have always said I would. Who knows what could happen.....?

Set in the summer of 1972, which just happens to be my year of birth, a boy and his friend begin an operation to save his mother from crisis. A Sunday times best seller. 

A book about a scientist with Asperger's Syndrome doesn't sound promising at first, but this has found a huge audience and sounds a little different. It is about Don Tillman who doesn't know he has Asperger's and he takes everything literally. He is looking to get married, but never gets to a second date. That is until he meets Rosie, who is nothing at all like him. She doesn't fit his idea of who he wants to marry, but this book follows the progress of their humorous adventures. 

This is the stuff of summer holiday reading. Running away from the unhappy life she has made in London, Ellen Trawton goes to stay in beautiful Ireland. There she meets a a lonely man who has lost his wife in tragic circumstances. However, the past won't go away. 

I'm sure lots of you have already read this; it has been massive and it is now a film. It is about a teenage girl, diagnosed with cancer who meets a young boy at a cancer support group. The book follows their relationship, and I suspect that I will have the hanky out for this one.

This is a book I have meant to read for years. Emma Bovary inhabits a romantic dream world, fueled by reading romantic novels. Her husband, a simple doctor, cannot give her the glamorous life of her dreams. Trying to make her dream world come true, Emma has lovers and debts that will ruin their lives.

Have any of you lovelies read any of these? Am I in for a treat?

Have a lovely week.


  1. I've read the fault in our stars, a wonderful book, very sad. The Rosie Project sounds right up my street! A great collection of reads you have here x

    1. I will make sure I have some tissues handy when I read that one then! Hopefully, I will get to read them all! :-) xx

  2. I've just finished Cuckoo's Calling and really enjoyed it, part way through a review on my blog at the moment :) The Fault in Our Stars is good too, so sweet and so sad. Definitely have a box of tissues next to you. I'll be adding some of these to my reading list too, thanks for bringing them to my attention Rachel xo

    1. Aww that's ok sweetie, I hope you enjoy reading them. I will pop over and read your review on Cuckoo's Calling. I'm looking forward to reading it. Have a good weekend :-) xx

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  4. My two daughters read The Fault In Our Stars and urged me to read it, which I did, and I'm so glad I did as it's great. I went to an author event where John Greene read from the book and explained his inspiration, he's a very interesting man, funny too. Would strongly recommend it! And thanks for the recommendations, will definitely be trying The Rosie Project.

    1. That must have been so interesting, I love seeing authors talk about their books. I am making this book a priority! Thank you so much for your lovely comment :-) xx

  5. Hi Rachel

    How are you doing? Tks for the book selection, so hard to find a good book, it will be perfect for my summer holidays and trip on the plane to Paris at the end of the month -



    1. Hi Ariane
      I'm good thanks sweetie. I hope you are well. How exciting to be going to Paris! Have a lovely weekend :-) xx

  6. Hi Rachel, I wish i had more time to read, only when my daughter is sleeping like right now i have some time.:) I am curious about 2-3 books you mentioned here. I really need to find more time to read!:) Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog, it means a lot. :
    Take care

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment sweetie. I didn't find much time to read either when my girls were little but I read more now they are older. I always used to be reading stories to them lol! :-) xx

  7. I have only read two on your list: "Secrets of the Lighthouse", which I loved. And "Madame Bovary", a long time ago and in French, of course! ;)
    I want to read all the other ones too... xx

    1. I would love to be able to read Madame Bovary in French Katia! I will look forward to reading "Secrets of the Lighthouse" too xxx