Ultimate summer reading joy.. it’s much easier to get lost in a book if it’s amazing, don’t you think? The only problem is where to find them.
Look no farther dear reader! Earlier, I shared my ultimate summer reading list for kids. At long last (sorry it’s taken so long, the business of life does take it’s toll from time to time) here’s the ultimate list for us adults. May these books provide you with as many idyllic hours this summer as they have for me.
Stretch out in the hammock. Got some lemonade? Now…Enjoy!
My Ultimate Hammock List (for Grown-Ups)
Masters of Mystery
“The Man in the Brown Suit” by Agatha Christie
No summer, in my opinion, would be complete without a good whodunnit. Here’s one of the first novels written by Christie, lovingly known as “the Queen of Crime”.
Hot on the trail of a murder suspect, Anne Bedingfield roams far from the ordinary drabness of her life in England. Africa, romance, a crime ring, and a dastardly villain await.
“The Case of the Missing Servant” by Tarquin Hall
I may not ever afford a plane ticket to Delhi, but Hall has a talent of transporting his readers there from the first page.
Vish Puri, along with his ample stomach, are on the case! India’s best detective (at least in his own estimation) is presented his biggest case yet: find a missing servant girl before his client is embroiled in scandal. Will Puri’s old-fashioned methods work in this fastly changing country, or has this detective finally met his match?
“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
Although dystopian fiction is common, Mandel’s unique novel is too impressive to ignore.
Because “survival is insufficient”, twenty years after a pandemic destroyed civilization, the Traveling Symphony performs music and Shakespeare to any town along their road. Jumping back and forth from the past to the present, the characters lives entwine. Caught in the crosshairs of a cult, this show might just be their last.
“Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson
Here’s the book that made Sanderson one of my favourite authors. I reread this book twice on last summer’s epic family road-trip.
Superheroes have arrived, but dominance is the name of the game. Steelheart, impervious to attack, reigns in terror. Only the Reckoners, a small band of rebels, dares to fight back. David, out for revenge on the murder of his father, might just hold the key to this Epic’s weakness … if only he can figure out what it is.
“Fairchild” by Jaima Fixsen
Every now and then you need a delicious romance that thrills down to your toes. Regency being the best sort. Fixsen delivers with delightful results.
For Good English families, bastards are an inconvenience which are best ignored. Unfortunately, Sophie is one. When love blooms from a lie with an undesirable neighbour, Sophie is well in over her head.
“The Selection” by Kiera Cass
Sometimes, a good YA novel is delicious brain candy. When you need to indulge, the ultimate master is Cass.
The Selection- a reality show where the prince chooses his bride from thirty-five lucky girls- may be the chance of a lifetime, but America Singer wants no part of it. Taken from home and heartbroken, the last things she expects to find at the palace is love. Prince Maxon though just might change her mind.
“Rapunzel’s Revenge” by Shannon & Dean Hale
Out to rescue herself, her momma, and everyone else from Mother Gothel besides, there’s more to this girl than long hair! It’s Rapunzel as you’ve never seen her before. Enhancing a classic story, this is the best fairytale retelling I’ve ever found.
“Calamity Jack” by Shannon and Dean Hale
Don’t you love when the sequel lives up to the first book? The Hale team are back with this adventure!
The sidekick from the first story, Jack (along some magic beans) is a criminal mastermind with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. Can he be one of the good guys, and win Rapunzel’s heart- despite his shady past? Returning home to big city complicates things further, for a giant of a problem is brewing.
“Redwall” by Brain Jacques
An epic battle, an unlikely hero, a quest, plus engaging characters… meet the book that inspired the series and legions of Jacques fans.
Matthias is not a hero. He’s just a clumsy mouse living at Redwall Abbey, a peaceful order in the heart of Mossflower Wood. When attacked by the rat warlord Cluny the Scourge though, the need for one becomes dire. After all, it will take more than the help of their woodland neighbours to keep their home safe.
“Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton
You know what they say about the book versus the movie… first time I read this Crichton kept me so lost in its pages I was hours late for my summer job (fortunately it was a book store and my boss was very understanding).
Dinosaurs meet humans in the ultimate scientific triumph gone very, very wrong. More thrills than you can shake a stick at.
Ultimate Hammock Plans
Well, that’s it folks. May you get lost in the pages and enjoy a good book hangover. May ultimate summer book bliss be yours.