Five books to read this summer, from our beach mats to yours!
While the summer season means pool parties and road trips (for some of you, at least!), it’s also the perfect time to finally tick off those titles on your never-ending Goodreads list. Whether you plan on doing some reading by the beach with a mojito in hand, or spending your lazy afternoons indoors away from the scorching heat, you won’t go wrong with these fiction favourites. Here’s what you should be packing in your beach bags this summer!
Ready Player One
If you haven’t read this 2011 sci-fi page-turner by Ernest Cline, prepare to free up a whole weekend because you won’t want to put it down. It’s the year 2044 and the world has become an ugly place, sending most people to turn to virtual reality—a world called OASIS—to escape from their everyday lives. The death of its billionaire creator (think Steve Jobs turned video game geek) launches a massive online treasure hunt with the promise of inheriting his fortune, and the lengths people go to win are frighteningly believable. Full of gaming trivia and ’80s pop culture references, it’s so nerdy that it’s awesome. Stay tuned: we hear a movie adaptation is already in the works, with none other than director Steven Spielberg on board!
A Man Called Ove
If you loved (and not-so-secretly cried to) Pixar’s Up, you’ll love this heartwarming novel by Swedish writer Fredrik Backman. Ove is as old and grumpy as it gets, and his world is turned upside down when a new family moves in next door. Take a walk through his daily life as he recalls his memories, follows strict routines, and reacts to amusing situations. It’s a story about love and loss, but also how unexpected things can sometimes have the power to heal and transform people.
The Time in Between
War, espionage, high fashion—don’t you love it already? Coco Chanel meets Alias’ Sydney Bristow in the intriguing story of Sira Quiroga, prestigious couturier to the wives of Nazi officers and undercover agent to the Allies. From secret codes in dress patterns to interactions with real historical figures, Maria Duenas’ Spanish bestseller is one intoxicating read. No plans of traveling this summer? This book takes you on a whirlwind tour of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, and the turbulent times of the Spanish Civil War.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
J. Ryan Stradal’s debut novel is for all the foodies out there, following the ascent of Eva Thorvald from orphan to celebrity chef. Each chapter focuses on a dish or ingredient and the role it has played in her life, told in voices of people whose lives she touched along the way. It also pokes fun at the current foodie culture, with its year-long waiting lists and almost undecipherable product labels. Trust us, this book will make you feel hungry. And you’ll eat it up in a day.
Me Before You
Move over, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. There’s a new literary king and queen in town. Will Traynor had everything in life when a motorcycle accident leaves him paralyzed and bound to his wheelchair, taking away his desire to live—until Lou Clark takes a job as his caretaker. And you basically fall in love with them from there. But Jojo Moyes’ book is not your typical romance novel. It also explores the controversial issue of euthanasia, and whether people should be allowed to take their own lives in certain cases. Read with a box of tissue by your side—and before the movie comes out starring our favorite Mother of Dragons, Game of Thrones’Emilia Clarke!
All titles available for download at amazon.com.