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The Ultimate Top 10 Summer Reads

Whether you’re soaking in the sun by the beach or perched beneath a shady tree, summer is the perfect time to escape into a new world and disconnect from the digital one. With warm nights and long sunny days, there’s no better way to indulge in some ‘me time’ than with a good book in hand.

If you’re looking for the perfect beach read or summer-inspired book-based getaway to set the tone, there are plenty of top-rated reads worth packing in your bag. From suspenseful thrillers to drama-fuelled romances, here are 10 top books, old and new, to dive into this summer.

Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Written by the author of Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Malibu Rising is another whirlwind novel that takes readers to the fascinating and drama-filled world of Hollywood stars. In this story, readers follow the tale of one fateful party hosted by the famous Riva family in Malibu; secrets are revealed and the house will end up in flames.

People We Meet On Vacation, Emily Henry

Every year best friends Alex and Poppy embark on a holiday together. That is up until two years ago when they “ruined everything”. Described by Jodi Picoult as “the perfect getaway,” People We Meet On Vacation is a poignant yet charmingly funny read that centres around Poppy and Alex’s undeniable chemistry and enduring friendship; the perfect book to pack in your beach bag or bring with you on your own holiday.

Image: People We Meet On Vacation | Source: Goodreads

The Last Thing He Told Me, Laura Dave

Centred around the disappearance of Hannah Hall’s husband, Owen Michaels, The Last Thing He Told Me is a domestic suspense page-turner. While searching for answers to her husband’s disappearance, Hannah forms a bond with her step-daughter, Bailey, who helps get to the truth of why her Dad disappeared and who he really is. The Last Thing He Told Me is set to be a major Apple TV series starring Jennifer Garner.

Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan

Exploring the outrageously lavish world of Singapore’s wealthiest families, Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel Chu as she navigates her boyfriend’s dynastic family and jealous friends. Filled with scheming, drama, romance and extravagance, Crazy Rich Asians is the first in the trilogy and has a film adaptation of the same name. Filled with plenty of parties and private planes, this book is the perfect summer escape.

The Storyteller, Dave Grohl

Written earnestly and honestly by Foo Fighter’s frontman, Dave Grohl, The Storyteller grants readers insight into the musician’s incredible life, “from hitting road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters”. Praised as an inspiring read, The Storyteller offers a personable view into American rock ‘n’ roll. The book is also available as an audiobook, read by Dave Grohl himself.

Image: The Storyteller | Source: Simon & Schuster Australia

The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia Highsmith

With creditors at his tails, Tom Ripley is desperate for a new beginning, whatever the cost. Having inspired the Academy Award-winning film starring Matt Damon, The Talented Mr Ripley is a sinister tale that takes place in sun-drenched Italy and makes for the perfect summer thriller.

Image: The Talented Mr Ripley | Source: Penguin

Call Me By Your Name, André Aciman

Described as an instant classic, Call Me By Your Name centres around a blossoming romance between Elio and his family’s guest, Oliver. Set on the stunning Italian Riviera, Call Me By Your Name is a heart-wrenching love story that poetically examines desire, lust and fear. And if you haven’t seen the film adaptation already, you must.

Image: Call Me By Your Name | Source: Allen & Unwin

Circe, Madeline Miller

Set in Miller’s signature Greek mythological setting, Circe tells the tale of the complicated and morally grey character of Circe who is banished by Zeus to a deserted island. Forced to choose between the gods and the humans she has come to love, Circe is described by The Guardian as “an airy delight, a novel to be gobbled greedily in a single sitting.”

Image: Circe | Source: Booktopia

The Guncle, Steven Rowley

Patrick, a once-famous gay TV show star, finds himself looking after his young niece and nephew after tragedy strikes. Forced to step up to the plate, Patrick learns to navigate his new role with humour and heart. Dealing with themes of grief and loss, The Guncle has earned a 4.25 star rating on Goodreads as an uplifting and adorable read.

Image: The Guncle | Source: Goodreads

Seven Days in June, Tia Williams

Set in the middle of “a steamy Brooklyn summer” Seven Days in June follows a connection between writers Eva and Shane who reconnect after years and years apart. Exploring the complexities of Black life and modern motherhood, Seven Days in June has been praised as “a sexy, modern love story to start the summer off right” by Reese Witherspoon.

Image: Seven Days in June | Source: Goodreads

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