It's the summer holidays! I am definitely in summer mode at the minute - I am not sure why, the weather is awful and I don't have a holiday booked but I am living vicariously through Instagram and watching people read on the beach made me wonder what books I'd recommend. If you don't know, when I'm not working at Koko Blossom I am reading or posting about reading on The Breakfast Book Club. so this isn't completely out of the blue. I love an easy read rom-com which are perfect for the beach and these definitely deliver!
Beach Read - Emily Henry
You can't have a top-five beach reads without actually including Beach Read by Emily Henry. It's fun, lighthearted and completely moreish - you won't want to put it down!
A writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters. Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They're polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighbouring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She'll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he'll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.
How to Kill Your Family - Bella Mackie
Brand new and perfect for a summer read. Bella Mackie has created an amazing character in Grace, and you'll be immersed in her world!
I have killed several people (some brutally, others calmly) and yet I currently languish in jail for a murder I did not commit.
When I think about what I actually did, I feel somewhat sad that nobody will ever know about the complex operation that I undertook. Getting away with it is highly preferable, of course, but perhaps when I’m long gone, someone will open an old safe and find this confession. The public would reel. After all, almost nobody else in the world can possibly understand how someone, by the tender age of 28, can have calmly killed six members of her family. And then happily got on with the rest of her life, never to regret a thing.
When Grace Bernard discovers her absentee millionaire father has rejected her dying mother’s pleas for help, she vows revenge and sets about to kill every member of his family. Readers have a front-row seat as Grace picks off the family one by one – and the result is as and gruesome as it is entertaining in this wickedly dark romp about class, family, love… and murder.
But then Grace is imprisoned for a murder she didn’t commit.
The Road Trip - Beth O'Leary
Beth O'Leary's books are all perfect beach reads but I've chosen this as my Top Five purely because it's the most recent release and I loved it! A nice easy, read to indulge in whilst sipping cocktails by the pool.
Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend's wedding in the north of Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie's ex, Dylan, who she's avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they've totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with three hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can't avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship...Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly... is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?
The Lucky Escape - Laura Jane Williams
Laura Jane Williams is the queen of summer romcoms and this doesn't disappoint. Laura mentions in her acknowledgements that she wanted to provide escapism after 2020 and this definitely delivers.
When the day finally comes for Annie to marry Alexander, the last thing she expects is to be left standing at the altar. She was so sure he was Mr Right. Now, she has no idea how she could have got it so wrong.
After a chance meeting with Patrick, an old friend who reminds her of who she used to be, Annie takes a vow of her own: she’ll say yes to every opportunity that comes her way from now on.
Could a spontaneous trip with Patrick be the way to mend Annie’s heart? She’s about to find out as she embarks on her honeymoon – with a man who’snot herhusband…
Ghosts - Dolly Alderton
Dolly Alderton has written a modern-day love story - Ghosts is in reference to ghosting and what 20 something hasn't experienced that on the dating scene? Completely relatable and Nina is a glorious leadings lady!
Nina Dean has arrived in her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. When she meets Max, a beguiling romantic hero who tells her on date one that he's going to marry her, it feels like all is going to plan.
A new relationship couldn't have come at a better time - her thirties have not been the liberating, uncomplicated experience she was sold. Everywhere she turns, she is reminded of time passing and opportunities dwindling. Friendships are fading, ex-boyfriends are moving on and, worse, everyone's moving to the suburbs. There's no solace to be found in her family, with a mum who's caught in a baffling mid-life makeover and a beloved dad who is vanishing in slow-motion into dementia.
I hope something here has whet your appetite! If not - have a look at some of the other books by these authors they are equally as good I just had to narrow it down to five!