I was pretty frickin’ chuffed this week to see that Sugarscape included Am I Normal Yet? in their summer reading list.
Summer is such a great time to catch up on your reading. It’s a win/win. If it’s sunny outside – HOORAY – you can lounge outside with a book. If it’s peeing it with rain – HOORAY – you can curl up under a blanket with a book.
HOORAY FOR BOOKS.
Here are my top summer reads to get your through the turbulent British summer. I’ve included books set during summertime because that’s the sort of deep-thinker I am.
1) Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
I have been waiting for more Harper Lee since hope was BORN, and I cannot, cannot wait to get my grubby ravenous hands onto this. You know what? I’m not even sure if this is set in the summer, but I DON’T CARE. I’ve been waiting 50 years, I don’t need your rules.
2) Remix by Non Pratt
Reading this book was like shoving my face into a pensieve and re-watching my 17-year-old self go to her first (and only) music festival. You’ll fly through it, and find yourself conveniently forgetting that time you got piss thrown at you at Reading 2003 and want to buy a festival ticket. I also loved the fact it was about female friendships. Ten points to Gryffindor!
3) How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
This book just expertly captures how a teenager would deal with World War 3. Setting it away from the bombs of London, and instead in the hot summer of a sleepy British village, makes it even more creepy. Once you get over the slightly-concerning cousin-on-cousin sexiness, this book will grip you and stop you from breathing.
4) Just One Day by Gayle Forman
The perfect summer YA romance. Allyson meets Willem on a train to London and, in a uncharacteristic bout of spontaneity, decides to go to Paris with him for the day. Reading the year-long fall-out from this split-second decision is just….ergh…so gorgeous! And, when Allyson shoves on a backpack and sets off to track Willem down again, you’ll get major wanderlust.
5) Blue by Lisa Glass
A British surfing book? Hell yes! I’ve not actually read this one yet but hope to this summer. I’ve heard incredible things and it’s also being made into a movie which is FAB!
6) Tigers In Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
If you fancy something a little bit trickier and a little bit more chilling, this acclaimed novel is worth the extra effort. Set over several summers spanning many years, cousins Nick and Helen struggle to recover from the brutal murder in the town. But is the murderer hiding in their midst of their giant summer house? You. Won’t. Sleep.
You also won’t like any of the characters, but that’s what grown-up novels are like.
7) Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
This dual-narrative book about two teens losing their virginity is just pure comedy brilliance. Like a slightly-more romantic book-version of The InBetweeners, you will fly though it and laugh and laugh and laugh.
8) It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane
I hate the term ‘chic-lit’. I think it’s a sexist tripehole of a word for a genre that doesn’t exist.
*gets down off chair*
ANYWAY – this book is written by a woman, and it is a romantic comedy, and it is really easy to read. It’s not chick-lit, it is just BRILLIANT. I cannot recommend this author – with her smart quippy female characters who care just as much about their careers and friendships, as they do about male-folk.
9) Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
*SOBS* THIS BOOK IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND OHH, IT’S SO SAD AND BEAUTIFUL JUST READ IT. I LOVE YOU, JUDY!
10) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Summer is always a good time to re-read Harry Potter. Well… ANY time is a good time to re-read Harry Potter, especially if you believe reading certain books makes you a better person with a cleaner soul (which I do). If you don’t have time for the whole seven, this is the best one. I am willing to debate you on this.
What are you looking forward to reading this summer? Tweet me at #100DaysofNormal or @holly_bourneYA.