Five Books For Summer Escapism

Whether you’re off on your jollies, chilling in the back garden or sheltering from the rain, you can’t go wrong with a good book on your holidays.

I’m going away in a few weeks and here are my five favourite holiday reads from the past few years!

1) Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

This was the first of Ann Patchett’s novels that I read and I absolutely loved it!

Set in an American town this has all the heady nostalgia and hazy summer vibes of a perfect holiday read. With romance, heartbreak and plenty vintage vibes, this was one of my favourite books of summer 2017.

2) Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi

Set in a picturesque village, this haunting novel is packed full of intrigue and dark secrets. You won’t guess the ending and despite the despicable characters and dark plot, you’ll wish you were in France the whole time you’re reading!

3) The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Moving between Istanbul and America, past and present, realism and legend, this is the perfect book to escape into. It’s one of my favourite novels of all time. It’s a mix of historical fiction and ancient legends alongside a modern thriller. Plus there’s a father daughter relationship that is beautifully written and I loved the ending.

4) Umami by Laia Jufresa

This is one of last years big hits that sticks in my mind for being completely original. Set in Mexico City this novel felt as though it really took me to the neighbourhood in which it is set and that I lived with the characters for a while. This story beautifully represents the realities of grief, fear and family and despite never having been to Mexico City I felt as though I had after reading this novel.

5) The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop

A list of escapist fiction would not be complete without a book by Victoria Hislop. She is one of my favourite writers and I struggled to pick just one of her novels – Cartes Postales is another favourite. I loved The Sunrise in particular because it brings to life an often forgotten period of history and I really cared about the characters. I remember being fully engrossed in the story and not wanting the novel to end!

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