I have got well into the swing of my 2017 reading list. I am knocking them back like a 17 year old with countless jaeger bombs on Spring Break. Let me break these down for you, see what takes your fancy – so you can be prepared for your upcoming summer holiday and not be disappointed when the only book you packed is a complete bore.

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

Read. Definitely a summer read (it’s in the bloody title!). A somewhat nostalgic read (even if, like me, you didn’t grow up in 1930’s America), but a book about first loves and the toughness of your teenage, early adulthood years. Socialites from New York retreating to the sandy shores of Rhode Island. It may sound like a light, flitting read – but it does go deeper, and shows the true colour of friendships you thought would always be cherished.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

We have all heard about the new HBO mini series starring and produced by Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman – I’ve not seen this series yet as I told myself I must read the book first. I read it and I loved it. The book is set in Sydney, yet the TV series has been written to be based in California. I absolutely flew through this book, the way Moriarty has written it from each characters point of view keeps it moving fast and makes it impossible to put down. From chapter one you know someone has died at a school quiz night, but who and how? From the beginning I thought I knew who the victim was. I was wrong. A proper page turner from the start, you won’t be disappointed! Even if you have seen the TV series, you would enjoy the book. Books are always better!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This book was raved about when it came out and I absolutely agree with what everyone said. It’s like no other book I’ve ever read; a young boy with a facial disfigurement and an extraordinary spirit. A charming insight to the mind of a child, Auggie, who could hide from the world but instead excels at being a wonderful, kind-hearted human. The book is written from the point of view of his family members, friends and Auggie himself. A favourite bit of mine;

You’re a babe. Tickle my feet. xox 

I literally laughed for half an hour. Now you need to read it to get the context…

Also – it’s being made into a film with Julia Roberts.

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

England, 1976. A drain pipe Jesus and a missing neighbour. This book locates itself on a quaint street, with a secret behind each front door. Two young girls try to uncover the truth and make you giggle with their naïve thoughts while trying to submerge themselves in adult realities.



The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

After reading and falling in love with Lily and the Octopus, I knew I wanted to pick up another dog based novel. This one didn’t disappoint – I know it was printed in 2008 and in reality I am behind in reading it. What’s not to love about a story of the ups and downs surrounding a relationship between a man, Denny,  and his dog, Enzo?! Enzo is obsessed with television, and even more so with car racing. Written completely from Enzo’s perspective, as the narrator, he captures your heart.

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