Ever since moving to London it feels like we have done more reading than ever. It has become part of our daily routine to read a book on the tube or the overground. Reading is also a large part of how we relax when we are away. Ever since we were children we have always been encouraged to read especially when we went on holiday. One of the best things about going away was visiting the book shop and deciding on a couple of new books to take with you! So here are our pick of books for the summer that we have either read or will be reading.
The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
You may have heard of this book because of the amazing recent TV adaptation. Alice read this book while away in Zakynthos and thoroughly enjoyed it. You could never see what was coming in the story and leaves you on a thought provoking note. You may be thinking ” why do i need to read it if I can watch th TV show?” It is based on the same book but they have changed some of the details. If your looking for a book you can’t put down that isn’t the size of a dictionary this is for you!
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
A raw, honest and powerful memoir by Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with a terminal lung cancer diagnosis. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. This book had Grace drowning in tears by the end so it is by no means a light read. However, there are so many important life messages within this book and it really does make you think about the question posed to you at the start of the book: “What makes life worth living in the face of death?”
Ctrl, Alt, Delete: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon
Grace has never read a book where she was giggling to herself and nodding along to every sentence because of how similar Emma’s experiences are to those of the generations who are growing up online. There are so many instances where you think “YEP. This is me. I did that too”. If you grew up in the late 80s or 90s this book will throw you back to the cringe days of MSN and Myspace, whilst also highlighting the dangers of being online and the positive and negative affects social media and the online world has on all of us in the modern day.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dracula is a classic novel and one we feel is underrated. Its creepy and gory as well as complex in its telling. The reader is informed of the story through five different diaries. Although you are reading from five different points of view it is a relatively easy read; and although it may not be as shocking today as at the time it was written it still is pretty gory and messy.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Alice is currently reading this book and loves it so far. It has been a real eye opener and sometimes shocking in what is said. Spaiens is a brief history of human kind, discussing three revolutions (cognitive, agricultural and industrial) and how these have effected humans and how we evolved because of them. If you are really in to history, anthropology, psychology or just want to know where we are from I thoroughly recommend this book. I feel like I’m learning something new overtime I read.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A classic around the world! Sense and Sensibility is a beautiful book. Sensitive and humorous, Jane Austen at her best. Again its an easy read, it just takes a while to adjust to the writing and language that is used. It is a classic love story filled with drama and scandal- it will easily take you away to 1700 England while you are travelling.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
If you want a short and sweet read whilst you are away, Breakfast At Tiffany’s is the perfect book for you. With only 179 pages you are quickly whisked into the kooky world of Holly Golightly, who is now one of the most infamous fictional characters due to Audrey Hepburn’s iconic portrayal. However, the book is fairly different from the film with Holly Golightly coming across quite a bit darker in the book.
What are your favourite books?