The Best Summer Book List

book on the beach

Summer is definitely upon us. We hope you’re able to take some time off and relax on the beach, your deck, lake or cottage and read a good book.

Here are some of our top picks for this Summer:

Our Summer Book List


Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Dellarobia Turnbow, is a great character richly coloured by Kingslover’s writing. The story is an interesting look at how a failing farm in Tennessee is affected by global warming as a swarm of Monarch butterflies leaves it’s usual migration path to Mexico and land in one of their fields.

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Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Although this a bit of a dark read, it’s incredibly gripping and has you guessing all the way, with plenty of psychological twists to keep you on your toes.

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Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

LEFT Neglected – Lisa Genova

This book is an easy summer read and is a touching account of what happens when life tries to tell us to slow down and smell the roses.

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A house in the sky

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

An incredibly interesting and harrowing memoir by Amanda Lindhout regarding her 15 month captivity and torture in Somalia by a group of militia. In the end it is a story of finding heartfelt compassion in the face of unthinkable adversity. Not for the faint of heart…

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp-Sendker

A NY lawyer goes missing, his wife and daughter eventually track him down using an old love letter that he once wrote to a woman in Burma neither of them new about. This love story will help you believe in the power of love between kindred spirits that will always overcome.

Read synopsis here.

cocktail swatchbook with great recipes

Cocktail Swatchbook by Mrs. Lilien

OK, so this is not a novel or even that much of a read, but we promise this beautiful, well laid out and super fun cocktail recipe book is a Summer book list must have. Beautifully designed, enjoyed and tested by the delightful Mrs.Lilien. There are 20 recipes for blended cocktails, 20 recipes for shaken cocktails, and 10 recipes for punch bowls. If this doesn’t get you in the mood to throw fun outdoor soirée’s this Summer, we don’t know what will.

On our Summer Holiday reading list:

the vacationers

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

A story about an interesting American family vacationing in Mallorca for two weeks.

A read like this might help keep things in perspective on our own family holidays!

Read synopses here.


Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique

We also fancy this one: Tiphanie Yanique’s debut novel is about love, loss and magic for 3 generations of the Bradshaw family and is set in the Virgin Islands.

Read synopses here.

What are your recommendations?