On My To Be Read Pile: Summer

I am and always have been a massive book worm, so subsequently, I have a to-be-read pile as long as my arm! I find summer is the time where I can really indulge in new authors, genres and releases because it doesn't interfere with my uni studies where the recommended reading seems to grow by the day. I honestly love nothing more then perusing the shelves of Waterstones, charity shops and independent book shops even though I already have so many books i am yet to sink my teeth into; what can I say? I am a sucker for a good story! Today I am going to be sharing with you what is on my summer reading list, and who knows, you might find something new along the way! So, without further ado...

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

I was so excited when i saw that Paula Hawkins had released a new book after the brilliant book and film The Girl on the Train and picked up my copy as soon as I spied it in Waterstones. I haven't read enough of it to share my full opinion just yet, but it is proving to be just as un-put-downable as her first novel and although i have only read 65 pages, I am already hooked!

 Hawkins employs the same technique of splitting the narration through different voices, a method I am not ordinarily a fan of, but, when it is done well is so so effective. Into The Water tells the story of Nel, who, in the days before her death called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring Nel's desperate plea for help. Now Nel is dead and they are saying she jumped. Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl Nel left behind. But Jules is afraid and incredibly frightened of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House,  and knowing that her sister would never have jumped. But most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

I will keep you posted on this one, but I already know that it is going to be a complete page turner; if you are heading off on holiday, I think this would be a great pool-side read! 

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett

Laura Barnett quickly became one of my favourite authors last year with her wonderful novel The Versions of Us (which I reviewed here) and it left me itching for more of her work. So, I was super excited when I saw on her twitter that she was releasing a new novel and I rushed straight out to buy it.

Her new novel tells the story of Cass Wheeler, a singer-songwriter who became a recluse over the last ten years. Cass is picking the sixteen tracks which defined the sixteen key moments in her life and over the course of one day, the story of Cass's life emerges. The highs, the lows and everything in between is exposed. Will reliving her past heal old wounds and get to the bottom of what prompted her to retreat a decade ago? 

Laura Barnett is such a talented story-teller, her words pull you in a way that makes you feel as if you are in the story and her characters stay you with you long after you have finished. This will be the perfect accompniament to a cozy night in with endless cups of tea and biscuits. 

Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

I bought this back in May with a voucher I got for my birthday and can we just take a moment to appreciate the dreamy spine?! So pretty! Anywho, Invincible Summer appears to be a coming-of-age story for those navigating their twenties, something that was instantly relatable to me. Four inseparable friends, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie and Lucian are on the cusp of graduation, about to embark into the big wide world on the brink of a new millenium. Eva breaks away to work in the City, whilst Benedict stays behind to complete his PHD and pine with unrequited love for her. On the other hand Slyvie and Lucien seek a more bohemian life of art and adventure. As the years roll on, the four friends try their best to remain as close as they were in their university years but this proves more and more difficult the older they get, 'Who knows where any of us will be in twenty summers' time?'

This sounds like a really emotive and warm novel about love, friendship and navigating the highs and lows of adulthood. The fact that my own impending graduation is growing nearer and nearer is what really drew me to this novel. The blurb is reminiscent of The Secret History by Donna Tartt which I absolutely loved so this sounds right up my street; I am also really excited to have discovered a new author for the summer. Will keep you posted! 

The Lauras by Sara Taylor

I bought this in one of my all time favourite book shops, Foyles at London Waterloo station, to read on the way home. However, I kind of sort of nodded off for the whole journey and this book has been waiting patiently for me on the coffee table ever since! 

Alex and his mother are fleeing from Virginia to California, each state giving way to stories and secrets Alex's mother trying to keep a grip on them in her life before Alex. The mother and son duo leave their past behind them, try to heal old wounds and reconnect with lost friends. But Alex can't forget the life they left behind. 

This sounds like such an interesting portrayal of America, a version that is perhaps seldom written about coupled with an intimate look at the relationship between mother and son. This sounds like a raw and emotional novel and I am really looking forward to immersing myself in an epic American road trip and learning more about Alex and Ma. 

Oola by Brittany Newell

This was the second book I purchased with my birthday voucher as it just sounded so unique. After devouring Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, I was keen to get my hands on another complex love story and it seems I have found just what I was looking for with Oola. Oola and Leif meet at a party in East London, two Americans at a loose end. The two gravitate to each one another, like a moth to a flame and they dive head-first into an all encompassing relationship. Leif's summer plans soon become Oola's and they find themselves mansion-sitting their way across America, drinking the bars of the rich dry and playing dress-up in their walk in wardrobes.But when they decide to play house in a Big Sur cabin where in the midst of their boredom an idea is bred that could destroy their love and even them both. 

This sounds as though it is going to be a profoundly deep and powerful portrait of love and I am excited to throw myself into this novel as it sounds very powerful. 

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

The final book on my summer reading list comes from the best-selling author of the Confessions of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella. I never got into the series but my sister did and she loved all of them so when I saw that Sophie was a guest on Emma Gannon's awesome podcast Ctrl Alt Delete (which, if you haven't listened to before you absolutely must go and check it out!) talking about how she juggles being a best-selling author, wife and mother, I knew I had to tune in. Although she was promoting her newest book (My Not So Perfect Life) there was mention of her previous book, Finding Audrey, which really piqued my interest. 

Audrey lives her life crippled by anxiety, so much so that she is unable to leave the house. She can't even take off her dark glasses inside the house. But when her brother's friend Linus rocks up, his smile and funny notes are enough to persuade Audrey out of the house and into the nearest Starbucks (hey, it's a start!). Finding Audrey is about first love, hope and showing people that even when you're lost, love can still find you. I too have suffered with anxiety in the past and it is such an important topic to discuss and educate people on as it can be incredibly lonely. I truly applaud Sophie Kinsella for tackling it and I am excited and intrigued to see how she weaves it into the plot. My sister is currently reading it on holiday and is absolutely loving it so I sure I will too!

That is everything on my summer to-be-read pile (for now anyway!), and I am sure that I will review each one in due course. In the meantime, I would love to know what is on your tbr pile and if you have any recommendations please do let me know in the comments down below.

P x