12 Best Summer Reads | Best Holiday Reads 2021

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Summer Reading List 2021

Summer is almost here!

The days of fun and adventure are ahead. The best time for any book worm to enjoy reading is at their favorite destinations. Don’t you agree?   

For today’s post, I have chosen 12 great books from my Goodread’s list.

The engaging plots and beautiful settings in all of these books make them perfect for summer reading. I have really enjoyed reading all of these. I hope you will enjoy them as well.

12 Best Summer Reads | Best Holiday Reads 2020

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Dear Mrs. Bird

by A.J. Pearce

In her first novel, the author narrates the story of Emma Lake, who dreams to become a War correspondent. When she got the job at London evening chronicle she was pretty sure that her dream is becoming true. However, she was utterly devastated when she realized that her job is nothing more than a typist to Henrietta Bird, the advice columnist of the weekly magazine.

Dear Mrs. Bird is a great story with humorous incidents and characters but told in the horrific background of war and friendships.

The Temptations of Gracie

by Santa Montefiore

68 Year old Gracie Burton is leading a quiet, lonely life in Devon. One day Gracie stumbles upon a newspaper advertisement about a week-long cooking course in Tuscany. Immediately after, she decides to enroll for the course. However, her announcement of traveling to Italy all of a sudden shocks everyone in the town including her daughter. On the other hand, Gracie has more than a cooking class in her mind.

Set in the beautiful Tuscany, The Temptation of Gracie is the best summer read you don’t want to miss.

The Solace of Leaving Early

by Haven Kimmel

Haven Kimmel’s debut novel The Solace of Leaving Early is philosophical and religious. The two main characters, Langston Braverman and Amos Townsend are two completely different individuals leading their own ambiguous lives. The former is a 30-year-old Ph.D. drop out while the latter is a preacher in the local church. The main reason with which these two distinctive characters unite is the two girls named Immaculata and Epiphany. The heartbroken girls are in need of love and protection and unwillingly Langston steps out of her comfort zone and joins Amos to be the guardians.

The Solace of leaving early is an emotive read for anyone who is looking for an emotional roller coaster ride.

The Storyteller

by Jody Picoult

Sage Singer is a baker who loves to be alone. She works very hard in a bakery at night making scrumptious cakes and pastries which she learned from her Jewish grandmother. Months after, an unexpected friendship with an elderly customer-  Josef Weber makes her life joyful and less lonely. However, one day Josef asks an unforeseen favor from her, he asks to kill him. Shocked and appalled by his request, Sage begins to question him the reasons behind his bizarre request.

Written in a background of War and holocaust, The storyteller is a well written historical fiction with powerful characters. A book to immerse yourself in history this summer.

Me Before You

by Jojo Moyes

Quirky by nature, Louisa Clark is a family girl. She has a boyfriend and an extremely ordinary life. Having lost her job recently, Louisa is forced to accept a caretaker job to a quadriplegic, Will Traynor. Meanwhile, Will Traynor always enjoyed his adventurous life. However, his present life in a wheelchair is anything but miserable. He is moody and bossy.

Me before you isn’t an extraordinary love story, but a love story told in an extraordinary manner. It has captivating characters and scenes. A must-read for all romance novel lovers.

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One Small Act Of Kindness

by Lucy Dillon

Libby and her husband decide to reopen their family B&B to a boutique hotel in their hometown. During that time Libby finds a woman who was injured from an accident and has no memory of her life. Later the woman gets accommodated in the hotel. Libby’s small act of kindness leads to serious of events resulting in a drastic change in everyone’s lives.

One small act of kindness is a beautiful story full of warmth, friendship, and happiness. This will undoubtedly make a perfect beach holiday read.

The Muse

by Jessie Burton

Odelle Bastien is an immigrant from Trinidad, who arrived in London five years ago. As she always pursued to be a writer, her new job at an art museum as a typist is a dream come true for her. When she meets a man who requested her to find out the mysterious painting, the story unfolds. Odelle decides to find out the artist who painted and the whereabouts of him.

Told in dual time frames The Muse has an exciting and intriguing plot with exciting characters. It’s a well-researched piece of historical fiction.

Remember Me

by Sophie Kinsella

The renowned Chick-lit author Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me is a contemporary story about 28-year-old Lexi and her memory loss. An accident caused her to forget everything that had happened in the last three years. From whatever she can remember she can’t ever recall having a perfectly toned body, luxurious lifestyle above all a multimillionaire husband. As she tries to fit in with her glamorous life she slowly began to understand the real reason behind her extravagant life.

A quick read with glamorous characters. Some are amusing while some will make you sentimental. A perfect read during your holidays.

The Trouble With Goats And Sheep

by Joanna Cannon

In the summer of 1979, the people of England have more to talk about other than the scorching sun. The gossip in the town is all about the disappearance of Mrs. Creasy. The two ten-year-olds of the town Grace and Tilly decide to roll up their sleeves and investigate the truth. The lives of children and adults are portrait exceptionally well in the book.

The trouble with goats and sheep is a must-read for anyone who loves the familiar village gossip and neighborhood. It has elements of fun and suspense.

The Little Tea Shop Of Lost And Found

by Trisha Ashley

This is a feel-good story set in Haworth. The main character Alice has been living a sorrowful life.  Even though the sudden death of her father had made her feel awful, It was the realization that she was adopted that made everything worse. However, she decides to discover her biological parents and find out where she really belongs. Amidst all these the only ways she finds happiness is baking. That’s how she decides to set up a tea room.

The little teashop of lost and found is all about family and relationships. The book has all the elements of a great read- real characters, beautiful setting to name a few.

The Secret Life Of Bees

by Sue Monk Kidd

A 14-year-old Lily Owens lives with her dad on a peach farm in rural South Carolina in 1964. She leads a miserable life with her abusive dad. Lily’s mom died ten years ago. The only memory of her mom is the day of her mom’s death. Regardless of all, the presence of Rosleen, the black housekeeper, is the only consolation for Lily. But one day, Rosaleen was beaten up by some racist white men; consequently, she ended up in jail. Lily helps her to get out of jail and both of them decide to take off together to another place.

After spending days aimlessly around the new place, they finally end up in a Pink sanctuary- The pink house of the beekeeping sister-May, June and August. The Secret Life of Bees is a heartwarming read.

The Little Flower Shop By The Sea

by Ali MacNamara

Just like the cover, the little flower shop by the sea is a lovely story of 30-year-old Poppy who becomes a florist by accident. Although her whole family is in the floral business, flowers have always been her worst nightmare. But when she inherits the flower shop from her grandmother she has no choice but to run the shop. What makes this book the perfect summer read is the main character, the beautiful coastline the book is set in, along with fun-filled moments in the story.

The little flower shop by the sea is funny, emotional and entertaining.

Time for YOUR action

What’s your favorite genre for a summer reading? Let me know in the comments.

Always curious to hear from you,


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