The summer holiday season is just around the corner which means it’s time to stockpile all of those books you’ve been meaning to read but just haven’t had the time to. These are the books we’ll be downloading on our kindle ahead of getting packed up and jetting off to faraway lands for a few weeks. Our compiled list of books below is taken from our own recommended reads list as well as new releases we’ve bookmarked for poolside indulgence.
This true crime, coming of age story, explores the power of female friendship and the long-term implication of how violent crime reshapes memories.
The Hot One follows the quest of New York Editor, Carolyn Murnick, in a bid to uncover the truth behind the brutal murder of her childhood best friend. The journey to justice takes her through the Hollywood Hills, LA courtrooms, Vegas strip clubs and her own childhood memories as she tries to unravel why the two girls who, inseparable during childhood, drifted apart.
A year after a trip from Ashley for the pair to reconnect, their friendship was wholly destructed as Ashley was brutally murdered in her Hollywood home.
“A true-crime, coming-of-age story with a tragic twist: a New York editor’s quest to uncover the truth about the brutal murder of her wild and seductive friend in a “riveting…and thoughtful examination of how we grow up and apart” (Cosmopolitan).”
“Original and engaging” (Kirkus Reviews), How did Ashley end up the overtly sexual risk-taker—the hot one—while Carolyn was seen as the smart one, the observer? Carolyn’s “memoir will shock and fascinate” (Booklist) readers as she explores the power of female friendships and pays tribute to the ones that stay with you long after they’re gone.”
Similar to The Hot One, My Sister The Serial Killer explores the complicated interplay between two women, this time related by blood and tied to more complicated loyalties. Their biggest issue is, one of them is a compulsive serial killer. Set against the backdrop of Lagos, Nigeria, their sisterly rivalry has Korede more concerned that her sister will steal her (prospective) boyfriend, never mind kill him while the beautiful but chaotic, Ayoola believes she can get away with killing off boyfriends whose behaviour doesn’t meet her standards. Braithwaite’s novel will have you hooked from the first page.
‘A literary sensation’ – Guardian
‘A bombshell of a book… Sharp, explosive, hilarious’ – New York Times
‘Glittering and funny… A stiletto slipped between the ribs and through the left ventricle of the heart’ – Financial Times
From the New York bestselling author of The Light We Lost, comes a touching novel about Nina Gregory, caught at the crossroads following her father’s death and caught in an unexpected love triangle between two men.
“Nina has always known who she’s supposed to be. But is that who she truly is?
Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter. Raised by her father, owner of New York City’s glamorous Gregory Hotels, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And Tim–her devoted boyfriend and best friend since childhood–feels the same. But when Nina’s father dies, he leaves behind a secret that shocks Nina to her core.
As her world falls apart, Nina begins to see the men in her life–her father, her boyfriend, and unexpectedly, her boss, Rafael–in a new light. Soon Nina finds herself caught between the world she loves, and a passion that could upend everything.
More Than Words is a heartbreaking and romantic novel about grief, loss, love, and self-discovery, and how we choose which life we are meant to live.”
Sally Rooney’s second novel (following the famed Conversations with Friends) follows two young students living in rural Ireland battling with coming-of-age harsh realities of university life, relationships and mental health struggles.
“Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.
This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life.”
‘The best novel published this year.’ Times
“Jane Peters is an adrift twenty-something by day, and a world-weary agony aunt by night. But when an office party goes too far, Jane dissolves into the high-stakes world of being the Other Woman: a role she has the right advice for, but not the smarts to follow through on.
What starts out as a drunken mistake quickly unravels as Jane discovers that sex and power go hand-in-hand, and that it’s hard to keep your head when you’ve become someone else’s dirty little secret. And soon, her friendships, her sanity and even her life are put into jeopardy…”
‘Deeply relatable and darkly comic . . . It’ll have you nodding with familiarity, thinking, laughing – and crying – as you race towards the end’ Grazia
‘A future classic’ Jane Casey