Every summer, I take a break from my monthly book club recommendations in place of my carefully crafted summer reading list. Although most of us aren’t hopping on a plane for a holiday this year, we can still ‘holiday’ at home, which means there is plenty of time for reading! And with the heatwave we’ve been having here in the UK, it’s the perfect timing.
So, may I present to you my favourite book picks for summer 2020, including everything from romance and thrillers to non-fiction and personal development.
Pretending by Holly Bourne
Why be yourself when you can be perfect?
April is finding it hard to get past date 5 – something’s just not clicking until one day she creates Gretel. Gretel is the girl that every man wants – beautiful, confident, intelligent … perfect. But we all know that Gretel doesn’t really exist. So when April meets unsuspecting Joshua, dating becomes fun again but how long can she keep the pretence up?
This is a book that all women need to read, find it here.
Be your own best friend by Chessie King
If you follow Chessie on Instagram, then you’ll know that she is all about spreading body positivity and getting beneath the critical topics that are sometimes hard to discuss. She spreads nothing but joy, so when I heard she was releasing her first book, I couldn’t wait to snap it up. This is another one that I would encourage all women to read full of inspiration, helpful advice and that confidence boost you need to hear.
Buy the book here.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Named the biggest crime thriller of 2020, The Guest List is a clever murder mystery. Set off the coast of Ireland, guests gather for the wedding of the year, but when one of the guests is found dead, everyone starts to panic. With the wedding ruined and a storm coming in that traps everyone at the venue, will they escape alive and figure out who did it?
I absolutely love a murder mystery, and this is up there on my list! Find the book here.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Longlisted for the Women’s prize for fiction 2020, Candice tells the tale of Queenie Jenkins, who is on a quest to understand how to rule her own life. Trying to fit into two worlds that don’t understand her, Queenie battles with relationships, family, work and society to figure it all out.
Find the book here.
The art of resilience by Ross Edgley
Ross Edgley is one impressive human being. He ran a marathon pulling a 1.4-tonne car, climbed a rope the height of Everest and became the first person in history to swim around Great Britain in 157 days. And these are just some of his achievements to date. In this book, Ross uncovers the secrets of mental fitness and the art of resilience to become a stronger person, whatever challenges you face.
Find the book here.
The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
The Jetsetters is the perfect summer read. When 70-year-old Charlotte wins a ‘Become a jetsetter’ cruise around Europe, she invites her 3 grown-up estranged children in the hopes of reuniting them. But, with tensions running high and lots of baggage to get out on the table – will it work or be a complete disaster? This is an accurate tale of family, relationships and love.
Find the book here.
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
This book is due to be released on 23 July in the UK, but I wanted to include it as it is very topical at this time. Set in Dublin in 1918, nurse Julia is attending to expected mothers who have come down with the unknown flu and are being quarantined together. Along with two helpers, these three women change each other lives unexpectedly as they navigate their way through the pandemic. This may be a bit heavier than the others but worth a read all the same.
You can find out more here.
I hope you all enjoy some downtime over the summer and can get your read on! Let me know what you think in the comments.