One of the best things about summer has to be sprawling out in the sunshine on the beach, at the pool or in the garden, with a cocktail and a great book!
But what novels should you be obsessing over this year? Here are my five top suggestions:
1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion:
Okay, this book has been causing quite a bit of a stir recently, so you’ve probably already heard about it. It’s a funny, touching, modern love story that’s based around the socially challenged genetics professor, Don Tillman’s quest to find the perfect wife. (Think Sheldon from Big Bang Theory but Australian.)
He has it all planned out using science and formulas, but what he doesn’t count on is the appearance of Rosie, a fiery redhead who turns Don’s carefully scheduled world upside down. This book is a quirky, sincere and at times, genuinely hilarious take on love, life, messing up the rules and making your own.
2. Bad Brides by Rebecca Chance:
The queen of glamour is back with her hottest novel yet! If you want a bit of escapism into the world of bitchy celebrities, love rivals and diamond studded Louboutins this summer, then look no further. This story focuses on the launching of a magazine called Style Bride and two super rich couples battle it out to be on the cover.
Spoilt actress Milly has the face of an angel but she’s anything but. She’s determined to wed dreamy musician Tarquin in order to raise her profile and she won’t let anything or anybody get in her way.
Her rival, Brianna Jade, is an all American ex beauty pageant star who’s about to marry the genteel Earl of Resper’s under the watchful eye of her mega powerful and beautiful mother Tamra.
Only one bride can be on the cover, but who will it be?
3. Inferno by Dan Brown:
The hugely successful mystery thriller novel is the latest sequel to the bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. The plot opens with Harvard Professor of Symbology Robert Langdon awaking in a hospital bed with a head wound and no memory of how he got there or of the last few days.
Full of plot twists and suspense, you won’t be able to put this book down as you follow the story through this latest heady combination of science, religion and secrets.
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green:
This novel is a fresh take on a coming-of-age love story, in which the lead characters, Hazel and Gus both suffer from cancer. Eye wateringly honest and sincere, this bittersweet story explores all of the funny and heart breaking moments of first love, tainted by the ever-present glare of mortality.
Don’t expect a love story in the traditional sense, but it’s definitely one that will have you hooked from the first sentence and will make you appreciate the little things in life, as well as the big ones.
5. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory:
If you’ve always fancied reading a bit of historical fiction but you thought it would be too stuffy / boring / factual then think again!
Filled with scandal, love and betrayal, this page turner focuses on the story of Elizabeth Woodville and King Edward IV, grandparents to Henry VIII – in a tale that is surprisingly still totally relevant and brilliant today.