I tend to read more in the summer. I’m not sure why. Usually, I read outside, so probably that’s why. I can sit outside, enjoy the sunshine (with a lot of SPF on of course) and dive into a good story. This autumn, I want to try and make myself read at home too, rather than just binge-watch the latest Netflix original, and have a growing stack of books to tackle. If you’re looking forward to snuggling up in bed/on the sofa with a blanket, a cup of tea and a good read, here are three books you should add to your reading list.
This one has become one of my favourite books. You’d know I love it from my newsletter (which you should subscribe to like right now!)
It tells the story of 26-year-old Kate and 86-year-old Rosemary, two women with very different lives, who come together to help each other and fight for their cause. It’s a heartwarming tale of friendship, community, fear, grief and love, which made me tear up more than once. Rosemary and Kate become friends, and while working together to save their beloved lido, they also save each other. The book is set in Brixton, which I didn’t expect but really enjoyed, as it’s the area I now live in, and I loved being able to relate to the story.
It made me tear up a few times, and who doesn’t love an emotional story?
And now I wish I’d gone for a swim in the lido while it was still warm. Definitely one for my next summer to-do list.
If you know me, you know I love a chick lit, especially when I’m on holiday. I don’t want to have to think too much when it’s thirty degrees, and I love a cute love story. Enter Sophie Kinsella’s new novel, I Owe You One. First, I have to say I love her books (The Undomestic Goddess is one of my faves!), and hello, she wrote Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Fixie, the main character of I Owe You One is one of three siblings, who’s very passionate about family, the family business and… fixing things. Which most of the times results in a right mess, but she can’t help herself. She saves a handsome stranger’s laptop from a disaster, who promises he owes her one. She, of course, doesn’t pay much attention to this run-in because she’s busy thinking of her childhood crush who’s back in town. And so begins a favour repaying game, and I won’t tell you what happens in the end!
Cute read, focusing not only on the romance, but the complicated family dynamics, friendships and a very important reminder to speak your mind, rather than keeping your thoughts to yourself.
I was excited to read this one after reading the author’s other novel, Little Fires Everywhere. Everything I never told you is not my typical thriller. There aren’t many shocking twists or surprise reveals. But it is a book that reveals the pressures of being different, the effect parents have on their children, the need to fit in. Set in the 70s, it tells the story of a Chinese-American family who’ve just lost one of their own, Lydia. Each of the family members is dealing with the situation in their own way, and throughout the book, we find the secrets they kept from each other, and the pain they held inside. It’s a beautiful, painful story about family, individuals, secrets, loss and love.
Now comes the hard part – what do I read next? Any recommendations are welcome, please leave a comment with your favourite books, and let me know if you’ve read any of the ones I talked about.