5 books you need to read before the end of summer

I love beach holidays because I adore being able to laze horizontally for hours revelling in some pure,  unadulterated, no-guilt reading. My favourite bit about packing for the holiday? Picking that wodge of books that I’ve been longing to read but just haven’t had the time. So this year I am sharing my little holiday collection with you. I do hope they inspire some sunshine escapism.

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

I’ll start the holiday with a little calorific indulgence. I might’ve judged this book by its cover, but something tells me I’m in safe hands with Nora. Shamefully, I have never read a book of hers, so I’ll be delving in with this tale of adultery as soon as I get to the airport (where I’ll be armed with fizzy water and Gaviscon on account of my flying-makes-me-anxious heartburn, ironic much?).

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Along with ‘Girls’ by Emma Cline, this was one of the stylish reads of last summer. It’s set in Southern Spain, and I think there’s something beautifully poetic about reading a book while you’re in the location it’s set in. An apparently rich and lyrical novel, I’m sure I’ll be wallowing in writer’s jealousy as I read.

Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk

A holiday is not a holiday without Chuck. I read ‘Fight Club’ on a balmy terrace a few years ago, and I’ve been working through Mr P’s collection ever since. He is one of my favourites. He gives me writer’s envy every time and I’m so jealous of his ideas and his wonderfully weird mind. Set in the porn industry, ‘Snuff’ tells the tale of an ageing star that wants to set the record for serial fornication. You literally couldn’t write it. Except he did (he always does).


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This summer has been the season of The ‘Handmaid’s Tale’. Everyone has seen the TV adaptation apart from me. It’s currently sitting on my hard drive because I refuse to watch it until I’ve read the book, and the book has been sitting on my shelf ever since my Dad bought it for me last Christmas. So many books, so little time. But I think now I will finally take the plunge.

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

An honorary pick that I’m not actually taking on holiday because I am about to finish it, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t think you should. This is poolside reading perfection. It’s an evocative tale of suicide, female adolescence and puts me in mind of ‘The Virgin Suicides’, which is the biggest compliment I could ever give another book. And the ‘Them’ chapter on page 73 is a beautiful little masterpiece all of its very own.

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15 Comment

  1. I definitely want to read the Handmaid’s Tale, I need to get it bought before I go on holiday x

    1. I’ve heard such good things, and it’ll be fab to read it and not have to avoid all the spoilers out there at the moment! 😂 x

  2. lyliarose says: Reply

    I really liked The Virgin Suicides, so the last book sounds like a good read to me

    1. The Virgin Suicides is one of my favourites, such a beautifully written book 😍 You’ll def appreciate how well written Girls On Fire is!

  3. I love books, but sadly haven’t made the time to read in a good long while – as tragic as that is. These look like good books too.

  4. I really must read The Handmaid’s Tale at some point. I read a couple of Margaret Attwood’s books years ago. I found them engrossing but slightly frustrating. They were well written and I empathised with the characters but I wasn’t keen on the endings of the two or three books I read.

  5. I’ve been meaning to read The Handmaid’s Tale for ages!

  6. Jordan says: Reply

    These sound amazing! I’m always on the hunt for new reads so will definitely have to check these out 😀

  7. A very interesting selection of titles. I may be tempted to check a few of them out. Funny enough since I now live in Canada, I met Margaret Atwood a couple of years ago, she’s a little stick of dynamite with a very large heart. I haven’t seen Handmaids Tale either. I would suggest seeing it first before reading the book. I find when I read the book then see the film or similar I’m always a wee bit disappointed because it’s rare that everything from the book makes into the adapted script.

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