Summer’s here although you’d be hard pressed to tell here in London given that the warm weather has only decided to play peekaboo with us. *sigh* Weather grievances, aside I believe that the summer is always a great time to get into the escapist luxury that a good book offers. Whether it’s during your downtime at the beach or pool, or before your bedtime, sinking your teeth into a great book or 8 (jk but not really lol) is always a great way to enjoy some me time and recharge outside the activity laden summer days. In light of this, I’ve come to the rescue with a list of 8 books spanning different genres that you should absolutely check out this summer!
This debut novel is one of the most talked about books of the summer with critics and fans alike giving it rave reviews. Oh and Miss Gyasi scored a whopping seven-figure deal for this book! #ghanagirlsrock. Here’s an excerpt of what Vogue had to say about it-
“Gyasi, a 26-year-old Ghanaian writer who grew up in Alabama, tackles race and identity in her powerful debut novel that spans three centuries. The book traces the descendants of two half-sisters born in 18thcentury Ghana, who go on to lead very different lives. One thread follows the Gold Coast slave trade, tribal warfare and British colonisation, while the other moves from the cotton plantations in America to modern-day Harlem. “No novel has better illustrated the way in which racism became institutionalised in this country,”
I just downloaded it today and I’ve barely been able to put it down. Here’s an excerpt to whet your reading appetite.
Being original in our day-to-day lives is hard these days but achieving originality by bringing to fruition our unique, innovative ideas that challenge established norms and the status quo is an even more daunting task. Luckily, Originals by Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author, one of the 25 most influential management thinkers worldwide and Wharton business school top rated professor for four straight years, explores this subject using a range of studies and stories across a variety of sectors to equip us with groundbreaking insights on how to achieve this. With high praise from Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, JJ Abrams of Star Wars among others, this book is definitely what you need to kickstart some initiatives this summer and beyond.
“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises”
Paul Coelho, The Alchemist
This quote is an example of the hundreds if not thousands of simple yet enchanting gems we discover and relish as we go along with Santiago, a young shepherd boy on his life changing journey of following his heart and achieving his wildest dreams. I think that I was extremely late to the party with this book but I’m so happy that I finally got my hands on it. It’s the perfect, inspiring yet easy read to curl up with this summer.
This unconventional love story is about “Louisa, an ordinary girl living an ordinary life who takes a job caring for ex-master of the universe, larger than life Will who is now a paraplegic bound to a wheelchair”. Y’all, I finished reading this book at an ungodly hour on a week night and just ugly cried in the darkness. I gave you that mental picture to illustrate that it’s that good and you may not want to read this one, particularly the last third of it on the beach. It’s since been made into a movie starring Emilia Clarke aka Khaleesi and Sam Clafin. It also has a sequel aptly titled After you , that I’m afraid to read for fear of it not measuring up.
The concept of a one true love is just that right, that there is one person that is supposed to be your soul mate, the yin to your yang, your ride or die, you get the picture. So what happens when you end up having two and have to make a choice between the one who “died” shortly after your marriage and the one you’re now engaged to who helped you move on and truly live again? That’s the dilemma the main character in this novel, Emma, faces and I can’t wait to find out how it all plays out.
This book first caught my eye because of its luscious cover. Then the blurb which details that it’s about a 17th century Dutch painting that connects 3 lives on 3 continents across 3 centuries hooked me even further. I’m convinced that this novel which plunges us into the ins and outs of the art world is a perfect one to get hooked on this summer.
“On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street”
This book man, it had me looking like the real life surprised and shocked emojis. If you loved the clever, unpredictable, psychological thriller that was Gone Girl, you’ll love this book. If Gone Girl wasn’t your cup of tea, you’ll still love this book. It starts out a bit slow but stick with it and it’ll be well worth your time.
“The only reason you say that race was not an issue is because you wish it was not. We all wish it was not. But it’s a lie. I came from a country where race was not an issue; I did not think of myself as black and I only became black when I came to America.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
This list would not be complete without my forever bae, Americanah. Chimamanda brilliantly navigates complex issues like the immigrant experience from the expectations harbored whilst back home to the growing pains of assimilating to a new culture, race and identity in America for the “Non-American Black” as she calls us to ‘simpler’ things like love and heartbreak. Never has any literary work ever resonated and represented me so much and I can’t recommend it enough. Also as a bonus because I love you guys and no one can ever get too much of Chimamanda, here’s a link to a short story she wrote for the New York Times about the American elections featuring Melania Trump.
So, which title are you guys most excited by!? Which ones have you already read and what gems did I miss? Let me know in the comments section below!