Reading has become one of my favourite pastimes and I can sometimes get swept away by an idea or story, forgetting to do anything else. The joy of reading is that it does you no harm, it only serves to fill you with knowledge and wonder. As far as I’m concerned, it’s time well spent.
So whether you’ll be staycationing this summer, laying on your towel somewhere on a beach or just relaxing at home; here’s ten books you should read while you’re at it:
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare – Okay, technically this isn’t a book but it’s still material worth reading. It never hurts to revisit an old classic, especially one filled with magic and wonder. You don’t need to be an actor to appreciate Shakespeare’s artistry or clever use of language.
- Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal – Sweet, delicate and enchanting, this book will lift you up. Literally. Okay, maybe not literally. It’s a short read, perfect for the summer.
- Fit, Fierce and Fabulous by Karena and Katrina – When you need inspiration or a daily mantra to get you going, look no further than to your girl bosses Karena and Katrina. This is the ideal book if you’re looking to get in shape for summer. Well, what’s left of it anyway. I suggest you read the book day by day as you follow the plan.
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – Who doesn’t want to feel inspired by a brave, smart girl who stood up for women’s rights, facing the worst experience imaginable and still managed to come out of the other end stronger and more determined than ever before. Malala sends a message of hope for women everywhere and will inspire you to join in the fight for a better world.
- Screw It, Let’s Do It by Richard Branson – Because it’s Richard Branson and because this book is full of great advice. And because if Richard Branson has developed a “screw it, let’s do it” mentality, why can’t you?
- The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – In this romantic sci-fi, the author takes you through time to experience a love like you’ve never read before. The time traveller’s wife is a beautiful tale of love, heartbreak, fate and the fragility of life.
- Atonement by Ian McEwan – I’ve revisited this book time and time again. Each time, I pick up on something new. Poetic and heartbreaking, this cleverly written novel will have you at times wondering what actually happened and what was part of Briony’s fantasy.
- Spaceman by Mike Massimino – Allow astronomer Mike Massimino to take you on a journey high up in the sky. In this memoir-autobiography, Mike retells his story of how he overcame his shortcomings to live his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut and how amazing that dream turned out to be.
- Lost Child by D.S.Butler – Gripping, suspenseful and bone-chilling; this psychological thriller will have you wanting to keep turning the pages to find out exactly what happened to the missing child.
What will you read this summer?