My Summer Reading List

summer reading list Marilyn Monroe (Eve Arnold, 1955)

I’ve been getting a bit behind on my reading in the last couple of months so yesterday I decided to surf Amazon and Good Reads to gather a new Summer reading list. Here are 5 books that really got me excited about reading in the sun this summer:

1- The Luminaries

The Luminaries
The Luminaries won the 2013 Man Booker prize and it’s been getting great reviews worldwide.

The mystery story, which is set in a gold mine in 19th century New Zealand, sounds fascinating. I also love the fact that the structure of the book is based on astrology. The only thing that has stopped me from reading it until now is its size; at 832 pages it’s as big as 2kg pack of sugar!




2- The Fault In Our Stars

the fault in our stars This book about a terminally ill 17 year-old cancer patient who suddenly finds love with a boy from her support group sounds absolutely heart wrenching but also really beautiful. It’s also one of the nicest book titles I’ve come across in a long time.

I think this is the book I’m looking forward to reading the most to be honest. Although I think I might need to keep some tissues by my bed side – just in case.




3- Divergent

divergent veronica roth I’m not really expecting much from that one to be honest other than some light entertainment. That being said I’m a sucker for young adult fiction (I devoured The Hunger Games and I still occasionally flick through my Twilight books) and this futuristic coming of age story does sound like the perfect thing to read on the train or to take to the beach.

Kate Winslet is also starring in the upcoming movie so if it’s good enough for Kate, it’s good enough for me!



4- The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

the-minor-adjustment-beauty-salon If you’re not familiar with this wonderful series that follows the adventures of a lady detective in Botswana I couldn’t urge you enough to read it.

I lived in Africa for many years when I was young and reading these books always transports me right back to my childhood. The characters are so endearing and the stories always include a great dose of humor.  I’ve read all thirteen books in the series so far and I haven’t been disappointed yet!



5- The Book Thief

the book thief I’ve been wanting to read the Book Thief for a while actually but I’ve never got around to it somehow. I’m really sensitive to books that deal with the holocaust (I sobbed like a child when I read ‘the boy in striped pajamas’) so subconsciously I think I’ve been a little scared to read it.

The story sounds fantastic though and I really love stories that praise the power of books so I think I’ll just have to toughen up!




What books are you currently reading? I’m always on the lookout for new books to read so I’d love to hear your suggestions!


  • I hope you love The Book Thief! It’s one of my absolute favourites!
    Its going to be a movie soon too – i really hope they don’t destroy it!

    Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars are both on my reading list too :)

    • Oh I’d better read it before the movie comes out then. I always feel a bit nervous about on screen book adaptation too…so many of my favorite books made for the worst movies -(

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