Ah, summer—the season of sun-kissed days, breezy beach trips, and long, lazy afternoons. It's a time when life seems to slow down, and you finally have the time to unwind and catch up on your reading.
Whether you find yourself lounging on a beach with sandy toes or sipping iced tea on your balcony, summer is the ideal backdrop to indulge in the pleasure of a good book.
But let's face it, this season is also synonymous with vacations, relaxation, and a desire for pure entertainment.
That's why I've curated a selection of my favorite page-turners—books that will keep you hooked from the beginning, taking your mind from all your problem while transporting you to an addictive storyline.
Psychological Thriller: "The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware
I have to say, this book is hands down one of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. Being a huge fan of this genre, it's often difficult to find a book that can genuinely surprise me and break away from the usual predictable storylines. But this one? It kept me on my toes right until the very end.
If you enjoy heart-pounding suspense and mind-bending plot twists, "The Woman in Cabin 10" is a must-read. Set on a luxurious cruise ship, this psychological thriller follows travel journalist Lo Blacklock, who witnesses a mysterious disappearance.
Historical Fiction: "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This captivating book delves into the golden era of cinema, shedding light on the harsh reality faced by women who were often seen as easily replaceable in the industry. Through the eyes of the titular character, Evelyn Hugo, we witness her tumultuous journey as a female and LGBTQ+ actress fighting against the oppressive norms of her time. Reid's masterful storytelling brings Evelyn Hugo to life with such authenticity that at times, I found myself forgetting she was a fictional character.
In my opinion, "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" is not just a story about the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry; it's a profound exploration of resilience, identity, and the complexities of being human. It will leave you contemplating the choices we make, the sacrifices we endure, and the indomitable spirit that drives us to survive and thrive.
Fantasy: "Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo
I have to admit, even though I'm still reading its final chapters, "Six of Crows" has quickly become one of my favorite fantasy books of all time. And as a loyal Harry Potter fan, that's saying a lot.
We’re talking about a group of outcasts that comes together to complete a pretty much impossible heist. I read somewhere that this book is like a thrilling blend of "Ocean's 11" set in a "Game of Thrones" backdrop – and that’s the perfect description!
"Six of Crows" is pure fun, with a clever and twisted storyline that keeps you hooked from start to finish. What sets it apart is its ability to weave together an intricately crafted world with a cast of characters who are morally ambiguous yet utterly captivating.
Classic: "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho
No summer reading list is complete without a classic, and "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho is a timeless gem. This allegorical novel follows Santiago, a young shepherd, on his quest for personal fulfillment and spiritual enlightenment.
This is a book that deserves to be read and cherished multiple times. While I promised light-hearted storylines in this article, I must confess that "The Alchemist" doesn't exactly fit that category, offering something much more profound if you're willing to read between the lines. Despite its simple and almost childlike writing style, the message it conveys is one that resonates with readers from all walks of life.
I'm personally curious to read it again in the future and see how my understanding of it evolves over time.
Romance: "Conversations with Friends" by Sally Rooney
For those seeking a thought-provoking and emotionally rich love story, this one is for you. Set in contemporary Dublin, this novel follows the narrative of Frances and Bobbi, two college students drawn into an unexpected affair with an older couple.
"Conversations with Friends" was an absolute surprise for me. On the surface, its narrative and storyline may seem simple, even bordering on boring at times. However, it had such a profound impact on me that I couldn't put it down for a moment. When I took a step back and reflected on its underlying message, I realized it's a realistic portrayal of the complexity of human relationships.
This book made me question our tendency to villainize certain individuals, recognizing that we are all a blend of good and evil, shaped by the choices we make. This book is the perfect example of the intricacies of human connections, highlighting how age difference plays a significant role in romantic relationships.
Mystery: "The Maid" by Nita Prose
From the very beginning, I couldn't help but be charmed by the main character of this book. She had a way of making me smile and even giggle at times. What truly sets this book apart is the unique concept of the storyline and the remarkable perspective from which it is narrated.
The book follows Molly Gray, a hotel maid that struggles with social skills and often misreads the intentions of others. She doesn't grasp the subtleties of human relationships, including sarcasm, humor, and hidden intentions. Her orderly life takes an unexpected turn when she discovers the suite of the infamous Charles Black in disarray, with Mr. Black found dead in his bed.
This distinctive narrative has a fresh perspective, providing readers with a clearer understanding of what's going on than the narrator herself.
So there you have it—my personal selection of books that are impossible to put down. These page-turners have given me endless enjoyment and even a few nights of staying up late. I've shared my favorite reads, but now it's your turn. What books do you love to dive into during the summer? Let me know in the comments below!