Inferno by Dan Brown
Biggest book of the Summer by far. 35,000 copies a week in hardback. Half a million copies sold already. Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him! Exactly same plot as other books! Everyone likes to knock a blockbuster, but they make a fab, fast read for the beach. I’m sure it will be an absolute page turner.
The Hive by Gill Hornby
The Hive is a well-received novel which deals with group politics and female friendship. Billed as wickedly funny it covers the joys and perils of the Lunch Ladder, the military operation that is the Car Boot Sale, via the dos and don’ts of dressing your child as a dalek. Sounds great fun and is doing brilliantly. Just started reading that this morning.
Emperor: The Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden
Or Con Iggle-Piggledon as he’s known at Matthews’ Towers. One of Lovely Kev’s massive favourites. The author has two bestselling series running. One on the Roman empire and one on Ghengis Khan – which I understand are particularly good. This is book 5 in the roman series. Hugely drawn, historically accurate and gripping. Not just boys books either. I’d love to read that, but I’m slightly reluctant to start them as there are so many books.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
This book has been knocking around for a while now and has been breaking all kinds of records for sales and weeks in the chart. It’s an odd book about a wife who goes missing and the husband falls under suspicion of her murder. I absolutely loved every page, until the end. Which I think has been the general consensus. Still a great read though
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
Billed as the Next Big Thing! Serial killer meets time traveller, but much in the ilk of Gone Girl. Massive bidding war to make a TV series and, supposedly, Leonardo DiCaprio has won. Can’t wait to read this one.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Another one that’s been huge over the last year and is still going strong. If you haven’t read it, the story is one of moral dilemma. Lou Clarke takes on a job of looking after quadriplegic Will Traynor and finds out that he plans, on a certain date, to take a trip to Dignitas as he doesn’t want to live a life that’s so confined. Lou sees it as her mission to change his mind. It’s funny. It’s a weepy and it has a nice moral question at its core. Sounds heavy going, but it’s still a light read.
Call Nurse Millie by Jean Fullerton
If you liked the book or series Call The Midwife then you’ll love this. Written by the lovely author, Jean Fullerton, who was a district nurse in her previous career. Jean’s a great writer, more commonly known for her sagas featuring feisty women making their way in a man’s world. My mum is a huge fan as am I. Her sagas include Perhaps Tomorrow, Hold on to Hope, A Glimpse of Happiness.
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
This is my favourite writer and I love the fact that this book is now dramatised on a Sunday night – BBC 1, 9pm! (Though slightly distracted by Queen having a Swedish accent. Doesn’t she look like a young Ingrid Bergman though?) The series is based on two books The White Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter. Big fan of historical and Philippa Gregory really brings the period she writes in to life. And she’s also makes them as historically accurate as possible. Some other good ones around at the moment – Elizabeth Chadwick, who I also love. New book out this week is The Summer Queen – the start of a trilogy based on Eleanor of Acquitaine. Also adored Sarah Dunant’s stunning book Blood and Beauty – a scorching historical read about those naughty, naughty Borgias. Hilary Mantel’s Bringing up the Bodies which is the sequel to Wolf Hall. They’re based on Thomas Cromwell’s view of the Tudor court and Mantel is the only British author and the only woman to be awarded two Man Booker Prizes. Great books, but perhaps a bit dry for the sunlounger!
When It Happens to You by Molly Ringwald
Remember her? She was the great young actress in Pretty in Pink. Great book of interlinking short stories about relationships. I read it in hardback last year and it’s out in paperback in July. Beautifully written and not tied up neatly, which I like.
Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher.
Younger Read. Lovely young lady, has a massive blog Gi’s World, wife of Tom Fletcher of McFly. Has been a big supporter of novelists on her blog – me included – and now she’s got her first book out. Very sweet, nicely written and charts the highs and lows of finding how difficult love can be when your childhood sweetheart is propelled into fame. Much like her own life story!
A Cottage by the Sea by Carole Matthews
Last but, not least, I hope! The perfect book to take on holiday near or far. But then I would say that! If you haven’t met Noah yet, then you don’t know what you’re missing!
Have a great summer of reading whether it’s outdoors, on the beach or hiding from the rain.
Much love C : ) xx