Hot Days Summer Reading

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Laying on a sunlonger, feeling the heat, none of the day-to-day stuff to worry about, absorbed in a fantastic book – heaven!  It’s not quite that simple now I have children but still a little more time that normal.

A few lovely people have been asking me what I would recommend for them to read on holiday.  You can look at my ‘To Love To Read’ section and see the books I have read recently and loved and from there my favourites would be The Fault in Our Stars, The Shock of the Fall, A Single Breath and Precious Thing, but  here are a few others you might want to consider, plus what I will be taking with me on holiday.

My Recommendations

  • The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke – This was Lucy’s debut novel and also a Richard & Judy must read.  Set at gorgeous locations all over the world and with a twisting story to unfold, I think its a beach must have.
  • The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty – I devoured this book.  Makes you think, what secrets would you keep to protect the ones you love.
  • The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough – If you really want to get stuck into a long book, set in a different time and different continent but deeply emotional and heartfelt then I would recommend this old classic.

My Hot Summer Reads

  • Curious: True Stories and Loose Connections by Rebecca Front – I know Rebecca as an actress but it turns out she is also written some of my favourite comedy shows.  This is a book of witty tales from her life and I do love a good laugh, especially when reading on holiday so I am seriously looking forward to this book.
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – This has been on my book shelf for a while and given the size I just haven’t started it, holiday will be the perfect time to read this Man Booker Prize winning novel.
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert – The author of memoirs Eat Pray Love and Committed has written her first novel which I am looking forward to reading.

What are you Hot Summer must have reads?  I am happy to be over optimistic about the amount of reading time so want to add a few more to the pile.  Let me know in the comments section…

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A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke – Book Review

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Lucy Clarke’s debut novel The Sea Sisters was my unexpected book of 2013 so I was very excited about her second novel coming out.

A Single Breath was an easy beautiful read.  You get thrown into the action, after which the first half was a lot of scene setting, the second half is where the action is and the story starts to unravel, so I was truly in a race to get there.  The number of twists was incredible, just when you think the book is one thing it turns into something else.  Like an onion peeling off layer and layer which meant I truly struggled to put this book down.  I can’t imagine how the author Lucy Clarke manages to plot a story like this.


What I love about Lucy Clarke’s books is her ability to bring such mystery to the story.  It is not just which path will the heroine take but will she be able to figure out what happening so that she can choose the correct path.

I am not a big fan of long descriptive settings of which there are quite a lot of but in A Single Breath is equates to so much more than just description.  The setting is so integral it makes another lead character in the book and the descriptions so beautiful I am now desperate to go to Tasmania… not sure I even knew where it really was before reading this book (terrible but true).  I must say the thought of the travel ‘research’ the author must do makes me a little green with envy as it sounds so fabulous and is translated beautifully into her writing.

A Single Breath is an absolute must read of 2014.

I give this book a fab 4 Stars out of 5

Happy reading xxx