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7 Books On My Summer Reading List

Every time I do a book round-up someone always mentions the lack of non-fiction. I never thought anything of it though until now so I’m trying to branch out a little bit from my usual favourite genre of psychological thrillers. I’ve never been a huge fan of non-fiction so I’m going to try and ease myself in to the genre.

I’ve reached the part of the year where I’m behind on my Goodreads challenge but I’ve started to get back into reading just lately – probably because I’m starting to read things that I wouldn’t usually read which makes it a bit less repetitive and, dare I say it, boring.

I’m also loving the fact that more bloggers seem to be producing more book content, either on their blogs or Instagram, which makes finding more books to add to my ever growing TBR a lot easier. Every one of the books on this summer reading list is a recommendation from a blogger.

Anyway, the here are the 7 books at the top of my summer reading list:

eleanor oliphant books on my summer reading list

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – The book that everyone is reading this summer. Eleanor is socially awkward; she says whatever comes into her head and she lacks appropriate social skills but she goes about her regular, carefully curated life, avoiding as much social interaction as possible. She is completely fine. Until she meets Raymond and they both realise that life should be more than okay and nobody should have to live in a lonely isolation. This book sounds like a heart-warming story of loneliness, friendship and learning to love life. I’ve heard mixed reviews but I’m excited to read it and decide for myself.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – I’ve put off watching the TV adaptation as I really want to read the book. It’s a dystopian novel set in the republic of Gilead. Offred used to live a free life – husband, daughter, job, money of her own – but now she is a handmaid. She is allowed to leave the home of the commander once a day to go to market but, once a month, she prays he gets her pregnant otherwise she is of no use. Apparently this book is so believable it’s actually a little scary to read. I can’t wait!
  • Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig – I know his new book Notes On A Nervous Planet has only just been released and people are going wild for it but I still haven’t read Reasons To Stay Alive and I really want to. Matt Haig has lived with depression and anxiety for most of his life. When he was 24 he attempted suicide but ‘Reasons to stay alive’ is the story of why he didn’t go through with it. It’s a book about living life, loving better and felling more. The first half of 2018 has been awful for me to be honest so I feel like this book will be a good one to have around to read when things get tough again.

burial rites books on my summer reading list

  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – A work of fiction based on the true story of the last person sentenced to death in Iceland, Agnes Magnusdottir. It follows Agnes’ last year on earth as she is sent to live with a family on a rural farm to await her execution. It shows a different side to this woman as she opens up to the priest who is tasked with visiting her. We learn about her life, he family, her past loves and how one man changed her life for the worse. You grow to like this woman and feel sorry for her despite knowing that she’s a murderer living out her final days.
  • Close To Home by Cara Hunter – This is the first in the DI Adam Fawley series. An eight year old girl called Daisy Mason disappears from a fancy dress party so Adam ends up working around the clock to find her – but it seems like she has disappeared into thin air. He knows that, nine times out of ten, the offender is someone close to home so he looks to the girls’ strange family. Nobody seems to know anything but everyone has an opinion – and, so it seems, a secret to hide. I’m not usually a fan of books about missing children but it seems like a good thriller. It sounds a bit like the Netflix show ‘Safe’ and I loved that so I think I might really enjoy this book. It’s definitely got some good reviews.
  • Places I Stopped On My Way Home by Meg Fee – I’ve been a reader of Meg Fee’s blog for a while now so I’m very excited to read her new book. I just love her inspirational, melancholy writing style. Everything she writes seems to draw me in and engulf me in the story. It’s a book comprised of 16 essays about Manhattan, the stories that occurred there and the men she met who have made her who she is today.
  • This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay – This non-fiction novel, written by Adam who used to be a doctor in the NHS, shows what it’s really like to work in the health service today. It intertwines his diaries from his training with his reflections on the current crisis. It’s a big hit at the moment with people describing it as painful yet joyous to read and infuriating as you learn a bit more about the bureaucracy that is holding the NHS back. Now seems like the perfect time to read this as the government is determined to dismantle the health service.


Have you read any of the books on this list? What did you think? Do you have any other recommendations? Let me know in the comments!


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18 thoughts on “7 Books On My Summer Reading List”

  • Eleanor Oliphant is the only book in this list that I’ve read. I read it last summer and loved it – it was my favourite fiction book last year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    • I started reading it a couple of days ago and I’m nearly finished. I absolutely love it!

  • Excellent selection of books here! I’ve read Eleanor Oliphant, The Handmaid’s Tale, This is Going to Hurt and reasons to Stay Alive and they are all outstanding books. All very different, but SO good! Can’t wait to hear what you think of them!
    Hels xx

    • Thank you! Ive nearly finished Eleanor Oliphant and I absolutely love it! Can’t wait to read the rest x

  • I’ve seen Eleanor Oliphant recommended everywhere, so I really need to put that on my list!! My two favorite reads of the summer have been Heart Land by Kimberly Stuart, and All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin!

    • I’ve nearly finished Eleanor Oliphant and I love it. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read recently. Oo thanks for the recommendations, I’m going to go and check those out!

  • The only one of these books I’ve read is Eleanor Oliphant, which I absolutely LOVED! Couldn’t put it down in fact. The switch part way through was amazing 🙂 I haven’t read The Handmaids Tale although I have read a couple of other Margaret Atwoods, which I really enjoyed, so I will be adding this one to my TBR pile too! Hope you enjoy all your books, they look like an exciting selection x

    Lisa |

    • I’m loving Eleanor Oliphant so far! I’ve just got to the part where it switches and I thought I wouldn’t like it but I’m enjoying it even more now! It’s good to know you’ve enjoyed Margaret Atwood’s other books – I’m looking forward to reading the handmaids tale x

  • This looks like a great list of books! I’ve read Reasons To Stay Alive and thought it was really good. Also, I’d love to read Adam Kay’s book, I discovered him from his band Amateur Transplants and think he’s really funny. I’d bet his book would be an enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing <3 xx

    Bexa |

    • Thanks for commenting 😊 ah I didn’t know Adam Kay was in a band, I’ll have to look them up! I’ve heard great things about his book x

  • These are really great book suggestions, I’ve heard a lot of good things about the first book and it sounds like something that I would really enjoy reading! Great post x

  • I’d love to read The Handmaid’s Tale after seeing the first season on TV – it was amazing! I’m sorry to say this but I absolutely DESPISED Eleanor Oliphant so I hope you enjoy it more than I did haha! xxx

    • It seems like such a good book, I’m putting off watching the tv show until I’ve read it! Ahh I’ve heard so many people say that about Eleanor Oliphant but I’ve nearly read it all and I love it so far aha x

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