Books: Summer Reading

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A few months ago, at the beginning of summer, I put together a list of a few books that I would like to read over the course of the summer months. I thought now, in the midst of Autumn, would be a good time to lookback at that post, see how I got on and what I actually did read this summer. I ended up reading 5 books over the course of those 3 months instead of just the 3 I thought I would. Also, I didn’t end up reading one of the books I said I would instead exchanging it for 2 novels and another long read from a series I’m halfway through.

I’ve written mini reviews of the books I did read this summer so make sure you read on to find out my thoughts on my summer reads for 2015.

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A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

The second book in the series is a true epic in nature. The near 900 page tome is by far one of the greatest fantasy novels I have read to date. Though the book is long, it stays interesting, relevant and exciting throughout. With so many characters and plot lines to focus on you get a concise look at each character’s story at that moment in time.

As this novel sees many of the huge battles in The War of The Five Kings, it gives a fast pace to the story. The character development of the likes of Tyrion, Jamie, Dany and Arya are great throughout as you see so many of them grow and adapt to this changing and dangerous world they live in. An astounding novel from first page to last.

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Us by David Nicholls

The brilliant Nicholls has quickly become one of my favourite authors over the past few years. Every novel of his is well written, full of great, well rounded characters and featuring addictive storylines the capture the reader throughout. This novel is no exception as it follows the life of Douglas Petersen and his family as they struggle to stay as one whole unit after his wife decides she wants to leave him after the summer.

During the summer they take their son on a Europe trip before he goes off to college and Douglas sees this as the time to save his marriage and his family. It’s a great novel from start to finish which perfectly showcases the up’s and down’s of marriage, family life and travel and a must read for everyone in my opinion.

You can check out my full review of the novel here.

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The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

After being sent this novel to review, I was instantly captivated by what is a great story about a murdered girl from two perspectives as her and her family’s life unravels until we find out who the killer is. It is an idea that has been played on before in novels but not in this way and though I predicted her killer from the start, I still thought this was a good read. It is a first novel but it is a pretty strong one and one worth reading if you like murder/mystery or thriller books.

You can check out my full review of the novel here.

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Dream A Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher

The latest novel by Giovanna Fletcher is another chick lit affair where rom com and life of a modern twenty-something girl collide. This one follows the life of Sarah who seems to have everything going wrong for her, single for years after being dumped by her long term boyfriend for someone else, both of whom are still in her friendship group and stuck in a dead end job with no chance to better herself there, she starts to go into a quarter life crisis.

As we she Sarah’s life spiral out of control, you route for her to find something amazing and get everything she’s ever wanted. It is a great but easy read featuring a good story and some great characters. One to check out.

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A Song of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords (Part 1) by George R.R. Martin

The first part of the third book in the series is yet another jampacked epic of a novel and sees the story progress with awful consequences for some and game changing moments for others. We see each person go through their own struggles here as they learn to live through a time of war, poverty, brutality and instability.

If you have watched the series on TV, there are many moments you will recognise but there is much, much more in the books to get your teeth into, longer stories, better character development and a fair few things that have been left out of the TV adaptation. It is another great piece in the huge saga’s puzzle.

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