Top Five Summer Beach Reads

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It’s no secret that I love curling up with a good book. As an only child I spent a lot of time with my nose buried in a book, and they have always been a form of escapism, entertainment and enjoyment. Since having children setting aside the time to read has been harder, but I have been looking forward to these school holidays as a time to wind down and take to the couch with a good book or five. I try to squeeze in a few minutes reading before bed, but it’s not the same as getting lost in a book for hours. Here are my top five Summer beach reads.

1. Dust by Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell

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I must admit I haven’t started this one yet, but it is next on my list. Patricia Cornwell has created a whole world around forensic pathologist and medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. After following her on Twitter I realised how consumed an author can become by their characters – she discusses her as if she is a real person. I have been reading this series of books since I was a teenager, so I eagerly await each Christmas when she releases a new book. While they can be far fetched, I am invested in the story and look forward to seeing what will happen next.

2. Bridget Jones Mad about The Boy by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones

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Bridget Jones is back. A few years down the track, and some serious life events later, our favourite singleton is now living with two adorable kids and navigating school life. With Fielding’s trademark diary format and humour, we get to revisit an old friend and have an insight into her current life. There are a lot of laughs, and also some tears but I really enjoyed this heart warming update. I wanted to read it before the new movie was made, and hopefully they will do it justice.

3. Tempting Fate by Jane Green

Jane Green

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Jane Green has just released her 15th novel, Tempting Fate. Many of her stories are split between England and New York state. She writes about relatable characters and situations, and the books are incredibly easy to read. Tempting Fate is about a woman with a seemingly perfect family, who meets someone unexpected and results in many life changes. Green’s books are perfect for escapism, and a wonderful addition to your beach bag.

4. Save With Jamie by Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver

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While not a novel, this one is great for some Summer cooking inspiration. Our lovely neighbours gave us a copy for Christmas, and once I have a fully functioning kitchen again, I can’t wait to try some recipes. Being vegetarian, it can be hard to find decent recipes in mainstream cook books but Save With Jamie has many recipes to satisfy vegans, vegetarians or meat lovers alike. The illustrations are clear and colourful, and make it easy to know how the dish should look (something I always love!). First up for me, the rainbow cous cous salad – a perfect Summer recipe.

5. Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes

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This is an oldie, but a goody. Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors, and I picked this book up in Paris in 2002. I had heard of Marian Keyes, but hadn’t read any of her books but after the first chapter of Last Chance Saloon I was hooked and I quickly read her whole back catalogue. The perfect example of ‘chick-lit’ Keyes’ novels are heart warming and down right funny. She has a fantastic way with words, whether you’re reading her books, news paper articles or monthly newsletters. She also writes a series about the Walsh family, so if you are keen to start somewhere, try Watermelon.

I hope these five books have given you some holiday reading inspiration. Most of these books should be available in eBook formats as well, if you prefer reading on a tablet or eReader. Be sure to check out your local library – most of the books should be there as well. Enjoy!

What types of books do you enjoy reading? Who is your favourite author? What do you recommend I add to my Summer reading list?

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4 thoughts on “Top Five Summer Beach Reads

  1. I have just ordered a few Jane Green books. I look forward to making the time to read more books this year. Thank you for sharing your list.

  2. I love Marian Keyes. Her stories always make me laugh. Out loud too! I also love Jamie and want him to move into my house – for no other reason than I reckon he would be heaps of fun and we would have fab food to share (providing he cooked it!). If you want something with a twist but not too heavy – try Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

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