My Summer Reads with Holiday Gems

One of the greatest things about summer holidays is the extra reading time you have! Even those of us who don’t read many books throughout the year find the time once they’re sunning themselves by the pool.

I was recently contacted by Holiday Gems to pick my ultimate summer holiday reads for this year, and I’ve chosen some of the best newly published books available to read now!

Lauren Graham – Talking As Fast As I Can

I was really late getting on the Gilmore Girls bandwagon, in fact I only watched the series for the first time this year! After a serious binge of watching nothing but GG, I bought Talking As Fast As I Can – Lauren Graham’s autobiography – to read once I was caught up with the show. I’ve just finished reading it and it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. Funny, insightful and charming, Graham is a fantastic writer and this book is a must-have for any Gilmore Girl fans. A treat, and a quick, easy read for summer.

Naomi Alderman – The Power

The perfect anti-dote to today’s Handmaid’s Tale-esq world, The Power turns the tables and sees women able to inflict great pain on men with the flick of a finger. Very important, thrilling and entertaining, this book looks at what the world would look like if centuries of sexism had gone the other way. One you’ll struggle to put down!

Jane Harper – The Dry

If you enjoy reading thrillers by the pool, then definitely pack The Dry by Jane Harper. Set in a sun-bleached Australia, this book is a murder mystery with a difference. You’ll be able to feel the heat and the dust as you read this fast-paced thriller, and it’s one I’ll be packing with me on my last minute holidays!

Lucy Vine – Hot Mess

Hot Mess by Lucy Vine is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read all year. If you’re into your chick lit, you’ll love it, but even if you’re not, this book is so current and hilarious that it’ll suit most reading tastes. Tinder, alienation, drunkenness, families and friendships, this book covers it all. A quick read perfect for reading in the sunshine, Hot Mess made me laugh out loud and almost cry on one occasion. I highly recommend this to all women!

Lisa Owens – Not Working

I’ve been raving about Not Working for months, but it’s so good I wanted to include it in my top summer reads too. I read this over a few sunny days in my garden and it helped me take the plunge into blogging and writing full-time. Read the full review here.

Have you got your eye on any of these books? What are your favourite summer reads?