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A Huge Summer Reading Guide For All Genres


With so many books on the shelves it can be a bit of minefield when walking into Waterstones and wanting to pick out a few books for you summer holiday pool side reading pile. As a keen reader myself, I thought that I would put together a guide to cover a lot of different genres to help to decide what to take away with you on holiday. 

For The Fantasy Lover


I love to read a good fantasy book whilst I’m on holiday, I feel like it provides a real sense of escapism and I love being transported into a completely different world. I would really recommend the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Trilogy to any fellow fantasy lover. It is a story about children and teenagers that have special abilities and the fight that they must endure when the security of their world comes under threat. Each book is such a page turner and I couldn’t put them down – ideal for pool-side reading. 

For The Crime Lover

Another love of mine is crime fiction. I have recently read Robert Galbraith novel, The Career Of Evil, which is the third book in the Comoron Strike series. J.K. Rowling writing under the pseudonum of Galbraith writes these detective novels. They are so gripping and fast paced, each with a self-contained mystery that is satisfyingly concluded by the end of each book. The novel follows a Private investigator and his assistant and the mysterious events their Clients wish them to uncover. The characters are very believable and the stories keep you guessing right until the very end, which is always a bonus for me. 

For The Non-Fiction Lover

Sometimes it can be nice to get your head stuck into something that gets you thinking or can provide some knowledge, that you just don’t have the time to dedicate to when you’re at home. Being away on holiday can be the perfect excuse to get really stuck in to something that interests you and you can fully appreciate what you are reading. I have recently finished the book Enough by John Naish. This was a fantastic read that talked all about the idea that we as a society need to learn that we have enough in life and don’t need to continually strive for more in order to be content. For any fellow blogger, or if you like the idea of starting up your own blog, The Million-Dollar Blog is a great read, providing a great overview with lots of tips and tricks about the blogging world. 

For The Music Lover

James is a huge fan of all things music related and loves to read autobiographies of musicians. For Christmas I bought him Slash’s Autobiography, the Guitarist from Guns N' Roses, which he has just started reading and he absolutely loves. Earlier on in the year he also read Duff McKagan's autobiography, the bassist from Guns N' Roses, and Ozzy Osbourne’s, the singer from Black Sabbath. These rock band legends offer entertaining as well as interesting stories about the world of music and its industry and act as a real page turner for any music lover. 

For The Historical Lover 

I am a huge fan of historical fiction and it is fast becoming a very popular genre to read. Philippa Gregory has written some great drama filled novels all about the queens and nobility of the Tudor period that can satisfy any history lover whilst away on holiday. I have also recently picked up The Underground Railroad, which I am yet to read, but it has some amazing reviews so it may be worth checking out. 

The Beauty & Fashion Lover

There seems to have been a huge influx of beauty and fashion books in book shops over the last couple of years, with some amazing ones having been published this year alone. I would really recommend reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, which is a great book for those wanting to tidy and capsulate their home from clothes, to beauty products and everything in-between. I actually published a Beauty & Fashion Book Shopping List if you want to see some other recommendations to act as a holiday companion that will provide buckets of information. 

For The Drama Lover

For those that love a good ol’ drama I would really recommend The Miniaturist. This is a story of a young woman that moves to Amsterdam during the late 1800s due to an arranged marriage. There are countless plot twists that only come to light towards the end and I really enjoyed reading it. Equally, The Widow is another drama filled read that I could not put down. It is the aftermath of a murder, all told from the point of view of the wife who had no idea about what was happening. It is an interesting concept and it did not disappoint. 


For The Romance Lover 

I’m not usually one for romance books. Nor films for that matter, I’m not sure why, it just doesn’t really appeal to me. However, on a whim I decided to pop The Muse in to my shopping basket when I was picking up a few things from Sainsbury’s. I really enjoyed reading The Miniaturist, and since this was the next release from Jessie Burton I decided to give it a go. I thought that this was a really good read, and although I would say that it falls into the ‘romance’ genre, I thought that it was a brilliant story line and very well written. 


What is on your summer holiday reading list? Do you have any recommendations that I should put on mine?

Madolyn
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