If you’re wondering what on earth to pack for reading this summer vacation, lazing on that sandy white beach before plunging into the cool blue sea… no worries PZ the bookworm to the rescue! My Top 10 Summer reading novels, from the action to the frilly to the fun! (For those looking for heavy history tomes, skip this post 😉 )
1. MILLENIUM TRIOLOGY – STIEG LARSSON
If you haven’t heard or read of these books – then where have you beeeeeen??? My numero uno recommendation of reading all 3 in one shot (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) and you won’t be disappointed! Star heroine Lisbeth Salandar is emotionally damaged, vulnerable and sociopathic, but she is also the ultimate survivor, somehow managing to stay alive despite the plots of some deeply unpleasant villains. Crime fiction at its very best!
2. OPEN – ANDRE AGASSI
One of the best autobiographies ever – frank, honest, and so revealing. You thought you knew the tennis man – read this book and it’ll shock your world.
3. THE WHITE QUEEN – PHILIPPA GREGORY
I’m a huge fan of Philippa Gregory – historical fiction at its supreme – the author who brought you The Other Boleyn and a host of others. Instead of the Tudors series we know and love, Gregory turns to the War of the Roses – House of York against House of Lancaster and the mystery of the missing Princes in the Tower. Can’t wait for her sequel!
4. THE LOST SYMBOL – DAN BROWN
The man who brought your The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons is back with his latest Robert Langdon crime fiction, The Lost Symbol begins with an ancient ritual, a shadowy enclave, and of course, a secret. Readers know they are in Dan Brown territory when, by the end of the first chapter, a secret within a secret is revealed.
5. THE SECRET CROWN – CHRIS KUZNESKI
I love Chris Kuzeneski books with his heroes Jonathon Payne and David Jones (Sign of the Cross, Sword of God, The Prophecy are the ones I read). Bavaria, 1886 King Ludwig II, infamous for his eccentric behavior, is declared insane by his government and removed from his throne. A day later, Ludwig’s corpse washes up in the shallows of Lake Starnberg. Germany, present day, hidden among the crates in a newly discovered Nazi bunker are documents stamped with a black swan, the insignia of the murdered king…
6. PARIS VENDETTA – STEVE BERRY
Bestseller Berry deftly blends contemporary suspense and historical mystery in his fifth novel to feature former U.S. Justice Department operative Cotton Malone (The Charlemagne Pursuit). Danish billionaire Henrik Thorvaldsen, a friend of Malone’s, has become consumed with finding out who masterminded the slaughter outside a Mexico City courthouse two years earlier that killed seven people, including his young diplomat son.
7. THE LOVE VERB – JANE GREEN
Summer reading = chick lit. And who’s better at chick lit than Jane Green? Her latest novel The Love Verb is already a bestseller. For Callie, love is about looking after her family – her husband and two children – and their beautiful home. Then Callie gets some life-changing news. And suddenly the whole family is about to understand what ‘love’ really, really means….
9. DRINK PLAY F#@K – ANDREW GOTTLIEB
Lad lit. That’s what they call the chick lit versions for the men. And this is hysterical! Following in a mocking version of Elizabeth Giilbert’s bestseller “Eat Pray Love”, this story is of “one man’s search for anything across Ireland, Las Vegas and Thailand”.
10. THE ANGEL’S GAME – CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON
If you loved his first novel Shadow of the Wind you will love The Angel’s Game! In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man – David Martin – makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city’s underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner…
So there you have my list of Top 10 reading – no business books, no history, no current affairs – this summer is all about relaxing and enjoying a good novel! Happy Summer Reading 🙂