5 Beach Reads for Summer

With summer well underway in the Southern Hemisphere, and with the holidays around the corner I thought I’d make some reading recommendations!

I’ve stopped doing my book review posts, this is because they were the least popular of my posts and they took up a lot of time to write. This post will be a little different, instead of suggesting books I’ve read I’ll be listing 5 books on my must-read list for the upcoming summer. Here are my hand pick top 5 Beach Reads for Summer!

5 Beach Reads for SummerThe Scandal – Fredrik Backman

Synopsis from The Book Depository

Late one evening towards the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barrelled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else’s forehead and pulled the trigger. This is the story of how we got there.’ Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest. For most of the year, it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together – or pulls them apart. Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each passing year. But now the town is on the verge of an astonishing revival. Everyone can feel the excitement. A bright new future is just around the corner. Until the day it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act. It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who’ll risk the future to see justice done. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear. With the town’s future at stake, no one can stand by or stay silent. Everyone is on one side or the other. Which side would you be on?

I love the sound of this book because it reminds me of Jodi Piccoult books. Plus I always enjoy a great mystery! You can buy this from Book Depository for NZ$27.30 


5 Beach Reads for SummerBeneath a Scarlet Sky – Mark T. Sullivan

Synopsis from The Book Depository 

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager–obsessed with music, food, and girls–but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier–a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders. Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

I will admit this is not a book I would usually read. However, I have seen it on a few lists lately and I will admit it sounds very good. It’s also about to be made into a movie. You can buy this from Book Depository for NZ$20.47


5 Beach Reads for SummerCareer of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) – Robert Galbraith

Synopsis from The Book Depository

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them..

I am seriously loving this series, I reviewed the first one back in May and have since read the second one. If you enjoy a good detective story then I highly recommend you check these books out. Plus they’re written by none other than J.K Rowling.

You can buy this from Book Depository for NZ$15.52



5 Beach Reads for SummerThe Pool House – Tasmina Perry

Synopsis from The Book Depository

An invitation to join a group in an exclusive Hamptons house-share, who could say no? But when she discovers what happened last summer, Jem can’t help but feel a chill.A young woman was found drowned in the house’s pool. The housemates said Alice was troubled. She’d been drinking. She couldn’t swim…A Secret To Kill For. As Jem gets to know her glamorous new housemates, she realises each has something to hide. What really happened last summer? And who would go to any lengths to keep a person quiet?

I am a huge Tasmina Perry fan, whilst she is considered chick lit, she always includes a large mystery element. I reviewed her book Deep Blue Ocean in August last year, however, I have read most of her books and really enjoyed them. In my opinion, her newer work is a lot better than the older work. You can buy this from Book Depository for NZ$14.50



5 Beach Reads for SummerFind the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer – Heather Lende

Synopsis from The Book Depository

As the obituary writer in a spectacularly beautiful but often dangerous spit of land in Alaska, Heather Lende knows something about last words and lives well lived. Now she’s distilled what she’s learned about how to live a more exhilarating and meaningful life into three words: find the good. It’s that simple–and that hard. Quirky and profound, individual and universal, Find the Good offers up short chapters that help us unlearn the habit–and it is a habit–of seeing only the negatives. Lende reminds us that we can choose to see any event–starting a new job or being laid off from an old one, getting married or getting divorced–as an opportunity to find the good. As she says, “We are all writing our own obituary every day by how we live. The best news is that there’s still time for additions and revisions before it goes to press.”

As a negative nancy, this book is seriously appealing to me. Naturally, I tend to lean towards always seeing the negatives in life, so I think this book will be a nice reminder to look at the flipside!

You can buy this from the Book Depository in hardback for NZ$23.96

What’s on your list to read this summer? Have you read any of these books?

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