Summer Reading

Our Summer Reading List

My favourite coral lipstick, Rimmel Kate Moss no 37
The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train
Of Things Gone Astray
The Paying Guests
The Lowland

At Gerrards we all love getting engrossed in a fantastic book, but with work and home commitments we rarely get the chance to get really stuck in.

I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling guilty about relaxing with a book when there are so many practicalities to tend to. It doesn’t help that when I find a book I really love, the rest of the world melts away as I am transported to another place, back to the teenage bookworm I would still love to be.

With the holidays approaching it’s the perfect opportunity to indulge but equally we don’t want to waste our precious summer reading time on disappointing books, so we rely on recommendations from the internet and our bibliophile customers. We certainly don’t profess to be highbrow, but definitely prefer a slightly more challenging read than the usual holiday beach read, and anything with cupcakes, cocktails or heels on the cover is banned!

Alongside our stockpiles of neglected magazines waiting to be savoured, we have a few books on our summer reading lists. So far, I have just started reading “The Girl on the Train” and Katie is just about to begin “Station Eleven”, then we’re going to do a swap. We would love to know what you think….

The first book on our must read list for summer is “The Girl on the Train”. Definitely one of the most talked about books since its release at the beginning of this year, it is described as ‘a psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives’. With comparisons to ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Before I Go to Sleep’, this suspense novel looks well worth the read.

Unintentionally sticking with the train theme (!!!), Station Eleven is an ‘audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame and ambition, set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse’. Emily St John Mandel’s post apocalyptic novel spans decades, moving back and forth in time, vividly depicting life before and after the Georgia Flu pandemic. A brilliant, compulsive read, this book is said to stay with you a long time.

Of Things Gone Astray is a quirky, engaging read which I would highly recommend as the perfect summer holiday book. Written in bitesize chapters of only 1-2 pages, with an almost mystical, fairy tale quality, it cleverly links a diverse set of people, giving a snapshot of a different character’s life each time. It is perfect for dipping into between summer cocktails and dips in the pool!

Other highly recommended books on my personal wishlist include:

The Paying Guests by Sarah Walters (I enjoyed her previous novels ‘The Night Watch’ and ‘The Little Stranger’ so have been looking forward to her latest work)

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Highly recommended in the Kindle store)

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (who I have loved since reading ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’)

One last tip: after resisting a Kindle for the love of ‘proper’ books, I was given one as a gift, and I can honestly say it is one of the best presents I have ever received. It is so handy for commuting, and as a fast reader, I love to be able to have all my books in one place so I don’t run out of reading material on holiday.

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