My 2017 summer reads

I love reading but often find that I don’t have much time to settle down with a good book unless I’m on holiday. I had quite a bit of down time to relax in Cuba, meaning that I had chance to enjoy some great books and I thought I’d share some recommendations to help you with your summer reading list.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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Ok, full disclosure, I didn’t actually read this in Cuba. It was a book I enjoyed earlier this year but I HAD to include it on my list given it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Set in WW2, this story follows blind French girl Marie-Laure and Werner, a German orphan. I don’t want to give too much away about the story so all I’ll say is that this book gets better and better, and I’ll be surprised if you’ve not shed a tear or two by the end.

Everything, Everything  by Nicola Yoon

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This is a love story with a difference. 16 year old Maddy suffers from SCID, which means that she can’t leave her house. When Olly moves in next door, her life is turned upside down and she must decide between love and risking her life. A powerful and extremely well-written book, I read this in just a few hours. The film has recently been released in the US and I can’t wait until it arrives in the UK.

Lion: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

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A true story, this follows Saroo’s journey from being a small child lost on the streets of Calcutta, India, to being adopted by an Australian couple and then in his difficult search for his family. Having watched the film on the plane home, I can vouch for the fact that the book is 100000 times better (as is usually the case!). Well written and interesting, Lion is well worth a read.

Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi

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I read this in pretty much one sitting, I couldn’t put it down. 17 year-old Nina likes a drink but insists she doesn’t have drinking problem, until one Sunday morning when she can’t quite piece together the night before. Downright disturbing and heart-wrenching at times but uplifting and funny at others, this is a book you don’t want to miss.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

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This book has been advertised EVERYWHERE and sometimes that can leave you disappointed. Not the case with this tale about Anthony Peardew, who has spent his life collecting lost things and his assistant Laura, a lost soul who is assigned the task of reuniting these items with their owners. A light-hearted and easy read, this one will have you smiling throughout.

Have you read any of these titles? If so, what did you think? Have you got any great book recommendations to share? 

 

 

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