Summer Reading List 2015

Whether you are relaxing in your own garden, looking to pass the time away on a plane or planning on chilling out by a pool, a good book is the perfect companion. We have done the work for you and compiled our essential summer reading list, which ticks all the boxes, whatever your age or situation. 

 

1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Description: Every morning Rachel sees the same couple having breakfast on her daily commute to work. They have the perfect life, she thinks, and even names them. Then one morning, she witnesses something that turns everything upside down - and turns everyone else's life upside down too... 

Who's it for? Women, young adults 

Rating: 4/5  

 

2. Paper Towns by John Green 

Description: Schoolboy Quentin admires the enigmatic Margo from afar. When she climbs in through his window one night he becomes embroiled in a campaign of revenge. 

Who's it for? Young adults

Rating: 4/5  

 

3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Description: The two decades later sequel to the classic To Kill a Mockingbird, sees an adult Scout return to the family home to visit her ageing father, Atticus. Go Set a Watchman is a superb piece of storytelling set against the civil unrest of the Deep South.

Who's it for? Everyone 

Rating: 5/5  

 

4. We Were Liars by E Lockhart 

Description: A sophisticated, modern, suspense novel surrounding a beautiful family, a private island and a group of friends whose relationships with each other hit the self-destruct button....

Who's it for? Adults, Young adult, Mystery fans, Suspense fans 

Rating: 4/5  

 

5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Description: Greg is the king of high school espionage and totally inept socially. He has one friend, Earl, and his mother forces him to rekindle a childhood friendship with Rachel who is now dying.  The 3 make a film and Greg's anonymity is quickly brought to an end.

Who's it for? Young adults

Rating: 4/5  

 

6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 

Description: In a world where the rich silvers rule over the common reds one girl discovers she has a power that can bring down the silvers and allow the reds to rise. 

Who's it for? Adventurers, Young adults 

Rating: 4/5  

 

7. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Description: Sydney lives in her brother Peyton's shadow and is the last in line when it comes to parental affection. When Peyton is convicted of DUI Sydney finds herself cast adrift and looking for her own place in a world that hasn't been too kind to her. 

Who's it for? Women, young adults 

Rating: 5/5  

 

8. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Description: Despite their closeness, once they hit their teens, twins Jude and Noah find their lives taking different directions. In this tale of teenage angst and self-discovery, daredevil Jude lives life on the edge while loner Noah falls in love with the boy next door. 

Who's it for? Young adults 

Rating: 4/5  

 

9. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Description: When 13-year-old Theo miraculously survives the accident that kills his mother, his father abandons him. After being taken in by friends he becomes at odds with the world around him and finds himself ensnared in the dark underworld of art. 

Who's it for? Women, Young adults 

Rating: 5/5  

 

10. The Martian by Andy Weir 

Description:  The first man to walk on Mars, astronaut Mark Watney now believes he will also be the first to die there.  Abandoned by his crew, who think he's already dead, Mark embarks on an incredible journey of fortitude to get back to earth. 

Who's it for? Sci Fi fans, adults 

Rating: 4/5  

 

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