Gemma’s Summer Reads…

Hello, Gemma here – the Missing Sister, one might say ;)…It has been over a year now since I last posted on the Book Nook and it’s so good to be back! I’ve just finished a very hectic second year at university and I’m looking forward to sitting back, relaxing and reading some good books. So, without further ado, here is my TBR for this summer…

  • The Missing Sister by Lucinda Riley I have enjoyed reading the Seven Sisters series in the last couple of years, and I’m really excited to read the latest addition to the series and to find out the identity of the mysterious missing sister, who has been in the background of all the previous stories.
  • The Binding by Bridget Collins – Ariana suggested this book to me a while ago and I am finally going to have the time to read it! It’s not my usual kind of read but it’s important to keep an open mind…
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – I read this book last month but it was so good that I’m going to have to read it again and post a review, so make sure to keep a lookout for that!
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell This has received a lot of praise in the last year and, having studied Hamlet at A-level, I look forward to reading this story inspired by Shakespeare’s only son, Hamnet, who died tragically when he was only eleven years old.
  • A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes As I am a Classics student, this book, which reimagines Homer’s epics from the female perspective, immediately caught my eye and I’m very interested to see how Haynes portrays these traditionally voiceless characters.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – This is my ultimate comfort read and one that I return to every summer – a timeless classic!
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab – I have never read anything by V.E. Schwab (although I know that she has written numerous books), but I’m very intrigued by the idea of a woman who lives forever but is doomed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
  • The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec – This book was also recommended to me by Ariana because we both have an interest in Norse mythology (her more than me), and, as with A Thousand Ships, I like that it’s a story from a woman’s perspective and about the female experience.
  • Honeycomb by Joanne M. Harris – I have read and highly enjoyed some of Harris’ other books, especially The Gospel of Loki, and – having read the first chapter – I can already tell I’m going to love this one (despite the bee on the cover).
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles A historical fiction which is set in 1920s Russia during the Bolshevik revolution. I bought this book after a friend recommended it to me and I have heard that it’s very witty and funny with a brilliant cast of characters, so it’s sure to be an enjoyable read!
  • Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart – this was the winner of the Booker Prize in 2020 and has received some rave reviews – I sense that I should definitely have tissues at hand while reading this one…

Are any of these on your summer reading list?

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