These are the summers approved by the editor that I am investing in this season

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  • The sun is shining, the pandemic is no longer in our homes and when the world reopens, we begin to get excited for the approaching summer holidays.

    Whether you’re taking a bet and booking abroad or playing safely and sticking to stays in the UK, one essential thing remains a constant – the last summer’s reading.

    There is nothing better than a good read beach, and whether you are reclining on the sand in Bali or on the pebbles in Brighton, a fascinating page walk is a must.

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    What are the best books to read? That’s where it comes from.

    Selecting a good summer book is actually quite difficult. You need to find the perfect balance between an easy read and a fascinating plot, with a not-so-embarrassing cover to not hinder your ability to sunbathe in full view. I learned the hard way with Chris Kraus ’cult feminist novel Amu Dick on the Spy of Ipanema – The field still.

    This summer, I’ve been doing the heavy lifting for you, picking up my top recommendations for the summer reading this year.

    Here are my 17 top summer reads this year …

    1. Crying on H Mart: A Memory by Michelle Zauner

    Crying in H Mart

    What is it about? Crying in H Mart it’s a powerful memory debut by indie musician Michelle Zauner. Growing up as a Korean American in Eugene, Zauner recalls her increasingly distant relationship with her “Koreanness” and how it was her mother’s terminal cancer diagnosis that prompted her to retake her identity.

    BUY PIANO IN H MART BY MICHELLE ZAUNER

    2. Nobody Speaks by Patricia Lockwood

    Women’s Award for Long List of Fiction 2021

    What is it about? Nobody Speaks is an important comment on social media, following a famous influencer whose existence revolves entirely around his online identity. When struck by a personal tragedy, the two worlds come into stark contrast and she remembers love and kindness in the real world, as well as the importance of a true human connection.

    BUY NO ONE TALKS ABOUT THIS BY PATRICIA LOCKWOOD

    3. Half gone by Brit Bennett

    Women’s Award for Long List of Fiction 2021

    What is it about? Half gone follows the identical twin sisters, Stella and Desiree, who have both escaped from their small black 16-year-old Southern community. Ten years later and now foreigners, the Vignes twins live a completely different life – one in the same southern city with their black daughter and the other passing secretly as white. That’s it, until the lives of their own daughters begin to intersect.

    BUY HALF VANITORY DA BRIT BENNETT

    4. transition baby by Torrey Peters

    Women’s Award for Long List of Fiction 2021

    What is it about? transition baby it’s an important read, after three characters whose life is put together by an unexpected pregnancy. Reese, a transgender woman who has always wanted children, is at her center, joining Ames, her ex who has transformed after living as a transgender woman named Amy, and Katrina, Ames ’cisgender boss who has been pregnant because of her story.

    BUY BABBU DETRANSITION FROM TORREY PETERS

    5. How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her Home by Cherie Jones

    Women’s Award for Long List of Fiction 2021

    What is it about? This fascinating book is about the survival of women. Located in Barbados beyond what tourists see, the story follows three complicated marriages in the depths of misery and violence. The Heart is the cautionary tale of a sister’s childhood in one arm – a warning of what happens when young girls disobey their mothers.

    BUY AS A SISTER AN ARMED SPACE HER HOUSE OF CHERIE JONES

    6. Transcendental Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

    Women’s Award for Long List of Fiction 2021

    What is it about? Transcendental Kingdom follows Gifty, a Ghanaian doctoral student in neuroscience who lives in Alabama with her suicidal mother. Gifty is determined to get to the bottom of her family’s suffering by studying the neural circuits of depression and addiction in her science, but she also rediscovers her childhood faith.

    BUY TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM DA YA GYASI

    7. Love In Color da Bolu Babalola

    What is it about? Love in Color it’s a retelling of mythical crowds from around the world. From Greek mythology to West African folk tales, this collection of women-centered love stories, rewritten by Bolu, recounts forgotten and unknown ancient stories to the 21st century.

    BUY LOVE IN COLOR DA BOLU BABALOLA

    8. Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

    What is it about? Sorrow and Bliss it’s a beautiful (and important) read on mental health. The novel follows Martha, a middle-aged woman struggling with depression who is forced to return to her childhood home to live with her dysfunctional family to give it a new life.

    BUY PAIN AND HAPPY DA MEG MASON

    9. Fantasy by Dolly Alderton

    What is it about? Fantasy follows Nina, a thirty-year-old writer who (like many of us) just tries to navigate life. But with her friends settling in and passing out, her father vanishes into dementia and her mother tries to reinvent herself, Nina’s life begins to fall apart, especially when she falls into a relationship and begins to lean on people. wrong.

    BUY FANTASY BY DOLLY ALDERTON

    10. Not Care by Kirsty Capes

    What is it about? Not Care it’s a powerful debut at the age that comes after Bess, a neglected young teenage woman who lives on the brink of society becoming pregnant. With no one to turn her back on or watch out for, she just tries not to fall into the cracks.

    BUY CARE MENU IN KIRSTY CAPES

    11. How do we know we are doing well? by Pandora Sykes

    What is it about? How do we know we are doing well is a collection of essays on modern life, hailed as a manifesto for 21st century women. Deep immersed in the culture of annihilation, modern work / life balances, and the wellness industry among other topics, Pandora analyzes the overwhelming choices and monumental pressures we face today.

    BUY HOW DO I KNOW WHAT WE DO WELL? DA PANDORA SYKES

    12. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

    What is it about? Shuggie Bath is a debut novel by Douglas Stuart set in a mining town of Glasgow in the 1980s. Living in poverty with an absent father and an alcoholic mother, the three Bain children are forced to fend for themselves trying to save themselves and create a better life.

    BUY SHUGGIE BATHROOM DA DOUGLAS STUART

    13. Sunset by Jessie Cave

    What is it about? Jessie Cave’s debut novel follows two sisters, Ruth and Hannah, who are polar opposites but bound at heart in love and friendship. After the devastating summer holidays, everything changes and Hannah is left alone and heartbroken, forced to get back together.

    BUY SUNSET FROM JESSIE CAVE

    14. They both die in the end by Adam Silvera

    What is it about? They both die in the end is a novel that follows two unknown young men, Mateo and Rufus, who discover that they have less than 24 hours to live. Making their last day count, they meet on an app called ‘Last Friend’ and join forces to go on one last adventure.

    BUY THE MUTE DIES TO THE END DA ADAM SILVERA

    15. We Are All Birds Of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan

    What is it about? We are all Birds of Uganda it is spread over 60 years. Two men follow – Hasan, a widower struggling to support his family in Uganda in the 1960s as a new regime takes power, and Sameer, a successful young lawyer in today’s London, returns home because of a tragedy and discover his heritage.

    BUY WE ARE ALL THE BIRDS OF UGANDA DA HAFSA ZAYYAN

    16. If I had your face by Frances Cha

    What is it about? If I had your face follows four young women sailing in contemporary Seoul, Korea, exploring impossibly high social hierarchies and beauty standards. From the normalization of extreme plastic surgery and the K-Pop obsession to living rooms and the people who work there, this book gives a vision of being a woman in modern South Korea.

    BUY If I had your face DA FRANCES CHA

    17. Nothing But Blue Sky by Kathleen MacMahon

    What is it about? Nothing But Blue Sky follows grieving husband David after the tragic death of Mary Rose, his 20-year-old wife. Returning to the agreement with his grief and reflecting on his marriage, David learns more about his late wife and whether he knows her or himself.

    BUY Nothing MY BLUE SKY DA KATHLEEN MACMAHON

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