Top 10 Best Books for Summer Reading

Here at Book People, we love summer; what could be better than basking in the sunshine with a brilliant read? However, it can be difficult to find good books to read, so we've put together a list of wonderful books that are simply perfect for summer.

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1. A Song for Issy Bradley

  • £3.99

Carys Bray

This stunning debut novel effortlessly deals with many profound subjects: faith and belief; relationships and suffering; love, loss and belonging. It tells the story of a Mormon family, trying to work out how to carry on after their world falls apart. It expertly portrays the conflict their religion brings to the members of the household, from the devout father to the unforgettable seven-year-old son who hopes to mend his broken family with a miracle. Heart-breaking yet uplifting, this enriching book will stay with readers long after the final page is turned.


2. Days Without End

  • £6.99

Sebastian Barry

Set in the mid- 19th century, this compelling tale follows Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, as they go to fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Both men find their days filled with both hardship and wonder, and when a young Indian girl crosses their path, they both sense the possibility of lasting happiness... as long as they can survive. This book won the Costa Novel Award 2016.


3. Before You Go

  • £4.99

Clare Swatman

After years of fumbling their way into adulthood together, working in dead-end jobs and enduring chaotic house-shares, Zoe's husband Ed suddenly dies, killed in a tragic road accident. She has no idea where to turn. Her only choice is to survive, but she isn't ready to let go of the memories. As she reminisces on their happy times, she decides she has to tell Ed everything she never got to say to him before - but also wonders if there's any way she can get him back... Tear-jerking and poignant, this beautiful novel will absorb you from the first page to the last.

4. My Name Is Leon

  • £5.99

Kit de Waal

This moving story vividly evokes the culture of 1980s suburban Britain and shares the story of 9-year-old Leon. He and his baby brother Jake are taken into care when their mother is struggling to cope. Before long, however, Jake, a baby born to two white parents, is whisked away by brand new parents, and Leon - born to a white mother and a black father - is left behind. Leon must learn to cope with this, but misses his baby brother intensely. Some things still make him happy, however, like Curly Wurlys and riding his bike really fast downhill - and stealing enough coins so he can rescue his brother and mother someday...


5. Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn

Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn - Hardback - 9781472227621 - Alison Weir
  • £3.49

Alison Weir

The second in a series of books about Henry VIII's six wives, this book presents an unforgettable portrait of Anne Boleyn, depicting her as an ambitious individual who ultimately changed the course of history. Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, the flirtatious Anne quickly drew the attention of the English court and embraced the play of courtly love. She wanted the crown and was determined to get it - by any means necessary. Little did she know of the horrifying fate she would ultimately face at the hands of the king who'd sworn to love her...


6. The High Mountains of Portugal

  • £3.99

Yann Martel

Booker Prize-winning author Yann Martel returns with an enthralling novel that takes readers on a quest for a lost relic. The journey begins in Africa in the 1600s and culminates in contemporary North America, via a trip to Portugal at the turn of the last century. Funny, tragic and sublime, this novel features topics of faith, responsibility and the courage to face death. Filled with layers, surprises and exploration, it contends with everything from love to suffering, faith to evolution. A remarkable novel, it examines the spiritual and philosophical concerns that make us human.


7. Small Great Things

  • £4.99

Jodi Picoult

In this gripping novel, a routine hospital procedure ends in tragedy when a newborn baby dies. There's no doubt who will be held responsible: the nurse who has been banned from looking after him by his father. However, the nurse, her lawyer and the child's father could never have imagined just how much this death would change their lives. This thought-provoking novel examines issues of birth, death, responsibility, prejudice and power.


8. He Said/She Said

  • £4.99

Erin Kelly

This twisted and atmospheric thriller follows Laura and her boyfriend Kit, who witness a brutal attack late at night. They call the police shortly after the incident, but this leads to four lives changing almost immediately... Fifteen years later and the couple are still living in fear. Laura believes she was right to speak out, but knows that no-one will ever know the whole truth. She does know someone is hiding something, though - but she could never have guessed what it is...


9. If You Go Away

  • £3.99

Adele Parks

In this heartrending novel, set around the outbreak of World War I, young debutante Vivian has been rushed into a pedestrian marriage to cover up a scandal. When her husband enlists on their wedding day, she must take up the management and running of his estate - despite her lack of experience. Meanwhile, young playwright Howard has been hurried to the front to see the horrors of war for himself. When conscription becomes law in 1916, he refuses to join the ranks, and becomes a notorious conscientious objector. He narrowly avoids a death sentence and ultimately agrees to work on Vivian's farm - and it's not long before the two form a bond... This wonderful historical romance novel will captivate readers.


10. The Chalk Pit

  • £5.99

Elly Griffiths

This adrenaline-fuelled thriller from CWA Dagger Award winner Elly Griffiths takes readers to the heart of a disturbing case. Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's underground tunnels. When Dr. Ruth Galloway discovers where they were recently buried, DCI Nelson ends up with a murder investigation. Was the boiling merely a medieval curiosity - or something far more sinister? At the same time, DS Judy Johnson is looking into the disappearance of a rough sleeper. She only knows that the lady has gone 'underground'. Is this a figure of speech, or could the recent discovery be linked? Readers are sure to become immersed in this white-knuckle novel.