Summer must read list 2016


You know what makes me happy?

Ok there are a lot of things that make me happy but high up on that list is reading. No I don’t get that much time to read between all the other responsibilities I have but I know that when I make time to read, even if it’s just a minute or two before I pass out (from tiredness!) at night, I love it.

When I used to work in the city, one of my favourite things to do at lunch time was to peruse the bookshop. I didn’t often purchase but I just loved looking through all the books, reading the blurbs, running my hands over the covers – is that creepy? I like the covers that are a bit of a matt/silky finish rather than the glossy type.

These days, I can remember the last time I had the luxury of leisurely cruising through a bookshop on my own. Book shopping for me is more a rushed scan through online stores or an impulse buy of the latest book someone recommends.

I figured I can’t be the only one who shops like this so without further ado, here is what I read and enjoyed this year. They’re in no particular order and I’m a terrible reviewer so I’ll just put a little line in. I would love to hear any recommendations you have for me. Please leave them in the comments!

The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty

A lovely, easy read. I didn’t realise I’d already read this one until I got half-way through.

Area 7 – Matthew Reilly

One of the Matthew Reilly Scarecrow series – kind of like an action movie in book form. I LOVE these books.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil – Melina Marchetti

By the author of Looking For Alibrandi – a really good read but absolutely nothing like Looking for Alibrandi.

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

To be honest I can’t remember this one in great detail, only that I read it really quickly cause I was hooked.

Moonwalking with Einstein – Joshua Foer

Something very different this one is all about memory techniques. It’s quite amazing how easy it is to remember things like lists if you know the tricks. They give you a list of random items to remember mid-way through and I can still remember them 4 months later.

The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

I love Liane Moriarty books.

Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty

See above however, this one is not my favourite. It was still good but took quite a while to get into.

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

A bit self-help like but this book really hit a cord for me. If you are at all creative then you must read this book.

Falling – Jane Green

I have read every one of Jane Green’s books and every time she brings out a new one I have to have it. Another one that didn’t disappoint. It’s just a really lovely, easy read – perfect for the beach. Ok for beach holidays when the kids are asleep.

Happy reading! Don’t forget to leave me your recommendations. I’m not really into any particular genre so I’d love to hear any suggestions at all.

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  • Margaret

    Reply Reply December 15, 2016

    I have read 2 books recently for the first time in years. One was The Girl on the Train and couldn’t put it down. The 2nd one was The 5th Horseman by James Patterson, another one I couldn’t put down. Now I’m looking for another one I can’t put down.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply December 15, 2016

      Thank you Margaret!

      • vera bentley

        Reply Reply April 3, 2017

        i didnt like ‘truly madly guilty’ at all. i only kept reading it thinking, it may get better – nope, it didnt but i finished the book 🙂

        • Claire

          Reply Reply April 4, 2017

          That seems to be the general consensus. Hopefully her next will be an improvement.

  • sherry

    Reply Reply December 15, 2016

    have a great festive season. happy reading…and eating.

  • Kerry

    Reply Reply December 15, 2016

    Hi Claire
    Have you considered your local library? Take the boys and develop their love of books. Short on time? Browse online and reserve your books and you’ll get an email when they’re ready to be collected. It’s a cost effective option and stops clutter in your house

    • Claire

      Reply Reply December 15, 2016

      Lovely idea Kerry. I actually took Ollie to the library a few weeks ago and he did like it. Just starting to get the age where he doesn’t tear the place apart.

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