5 Summer Reads to Put a Spring in Your Step!

1 May 2021 United Kingdom

Spring is well and truly here and summer is right around the corner. That means the season full of light, fun, uplifting reads to enjoy sunning yourself in the park, relaxing on the beach or enjoy with an iced coffee in hand. Here are just a few books that are sure to put a spring in your step as the sun starts to shine! 

The Switch by Beth O'Leary

If you missed this one last summer, it's the perfect easy read to feel all warm and fuzzy inside! A simple romantic- comedy book to make the perfect beach read! 

When Leena is given a two-month sabbatical after a presentation at work doesn't go to plan, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen's house in a quiet village in rural Yorkshire. Eileen has just turned 80 and is looking for a second chance at love but, there's no luck in her quiet neighbourhood. It's here that Leena and Eileen decide on a two-month house swap - Eileen moves into Leena's flat in London and Leena moves out to her grandmother's to give her the break she needs. 

Everything about this book is wholesome and light - exactly what you need this summer! If you've already given this one a read, keep an eye out for Beth O'Leary's new book, The Roadtrip!

Beach Read by Emily Henry 

Speaking of beach reads, this is another easy-read romance to enjoy this summer. I read this one last summer and if you haven't got round to this one yet, this is the ideal time. 

January Andrews is a bestselling romance writer and Augustus Everett is a literary fiction author. When they end up as neighbours at their beach houses, both struck with writer’s block, they strike a deal - January will write a literary novel and Augustus will try his hand at romance writing. They spend their summer, researching and writing while learning more and more about each other in the process.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Hilarious and heartfelt, this is definitely worth the read! The audiobook is also a fab option for this one - great to take in a few chapters while you're walking, enjoying the sun to really put a spring in your step! And it's not just about romance, I loved the storyline of an election and a royal wedding all rolled into this read! 

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz and Prince Henry have been long-standing nemeses and when their confrontation at a royal wedding is leaked to the tabloids, staging a fake friendship seems to be the only thing they can think of to prevent any negative fallout that could damage the relationship between Britain and America. When President Claremont is getting ready for reelection, Alex finds himself in this relationship with Henry that could derail the whole campaign. How will this all end happily? 

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J Klune

Sweet and wholesome, what more could you ask for? While it covers some heavier topics like child abuse and targeted hate, it doesn't take away from the happy storyline filled with heart-warming moments, an unexpected family and magic. This is a great summer read, but also the perfect cosy read for all year round, whenever you want to fill your heart with all the fuzzy feelings! 

Linus Baker is a caseworker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth where he oversees the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is summoned by Extremely Upper Management, he's given a highly classified assignment: travel to the Marsyas Island Orphanage where six dangerous children reside. But when Linus arrives, the children aren't the only secret kept on the Island. The charming caretaker Arthur Parnassus will do anything to keep his wards safe. As he and Linus grow closer together, Linus must choose what to do; destroy a home or protect the world.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I remember the summer of 2017 like it was yesterday; everyone and their mum had read this book, but I thought it's still worth the shout-out for anyone who missed out! 

Eleanor Oliphant struggles with social interactions. She avoids unnecessary human contact and tends to say whatever is on her mind. But when Eleanor meets Raymond, the IT guy from her work, and Sammy, an elderly man named who they save after taking a tumble, things start to change for Eleanor. This is a slow burner but a truly uplifting read of unexpected friendships and an out-of-the-ordinary heroine. I remember loving how this book was written, and all the quirks of Eleanor's character, I think you will too!

What's on your summer TBR this year? 
Thanks for reading, 
Sarah x

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