Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and it’s a book listers dream post! Today I’m dreaming of summer because I love long summer days, and longer summer books. Summer Time and the Reading is Easy.
Summer Time and the Reading is Easy:
I love to read outdoors, sunning myself, reading a little, dozing a little. It’s my idea of a perfect few hours. So that means I like books that I can pick up and put down easily. It’s not the time when I need to remember every single detail, and work out just who the psychopath killer is, or want to memorise complicated fantasy worlds. No I just want all the contemporary novels.
The ones with fab locations:
Lone Star: Eastern Europe is not your typical destination for a tour of Europe, so I absorbed every aspect. The exotic food, the chaotic travel system, the chilling holocaust camps, the lingering influence of the Iron Curtain; I gobbled up all the details and made a mental note to add some of these counties to my travel bucket list.
Truly Madly Guilty : When it comes to Liane Moriarty books, I’m declaring myself an expert on her style! Well I have binge read them all. And her style is a casual breezy tone and relatable characters. This book has in abundance.
The Things I should have told you : Imagine travelling around Europe in a camper van. Imagine yourself living in a tiny enclosed space with a moody teenager, a boisterous little boy and a wife that has drifted away from you. That’s the premise of The Things I should have told You by Carmel Harrington.
The ones with memorable characters:
The Forgotten Garden : Powerful and wise, with a slow tantalising reveal of long forgotten family secrets. My review in one word…AMAZING
Flawed : OK this is a dystopia. But the world building is easy to grasp, and I loved the character development as the plot progressed. With a swift pace and interesting family dynamics, it earned it’s place on the list.
The Boy Most Likely To : Huntley Fitzpatrick has a way of making characters spring to life and set you firmly on their side. They aren’t perfect, they mess up and continue to mess up. But, they grow in front of your eyes until you are smiling with pride for just how far they’ve come.
The ones with fab plots:
Summer Haikus: Set in Japan, this book is super kawaii cute. The characters felt very lifelike and I thought by the end of it that I knew them personally. I even wanted to watch Isa’s YouTube channel,and felt saddened that it only existed within this book. Highly recommended!
The Secret by the Lake: Oh guys, The Secret by the Lake by Louise Douglas was a spine-chiller and a half! All the way though, I felt spooked. A dead giveaway was that the hairs of my arms were standing to attention.
Maybe in Another Life: You know the way when you read a 5 star book that you don’t have to think twice about the rating. It just is 5 stars! Well that’s how I feel about Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. From the very first few pages, I knew that I loved the flow of the book, the characters, the plot, everything