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Top Summer Reads

In today’s fast paced world it is becoming more and more important to take time out, take it easy and smell the roses. One of the best ways to do this is to head off to the beach or anywhere out into the sun and indulge in a good book.

In order to fully appreciate the peace and quiet and fully maximize your time-out, here are a few preparation tips:

  • Switch your phone off.
  • Ensure that you are covered in substantial amounts of sunscreen.
  • Put an umbrella up to shade your face.
  • Get comfortable with a fluffy pillow.
  • Ensure you have refreshments close at hand.
  • Wear a decent pair of polarised sunglasses.

Apart from setting the scene, you need to make sure you have the right book. Whether it’s on an electronic reader or the real thing, you need to make sure you find just the right one. Beach or should we say relaxation reading is most suited to three genres of books: comedy, mystery/ crime and of course, let’s not forget the good old romance novel.

Light-hearted comedy is always a win as you cannot help but be transformed into a better mood and if you are lucky you may just laugh out loud. A classic choice is Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy written by Helen Fielding. This big-hearted, full colour, hysterical tale about one of the most relatable female characters of the 21st century is a must.

A really gripping mystery or crime novel has a great way of transporting you into a completely alternate universe, which is often just what you need. Some great authors in this category include Jeffrey Archer, Jo Nesbo and John Grisham, to name a few. An ideal one to start with is The Stieg Larson Trilogy, which will no doubt remove you from reality and promptly transfer you into the weird whirlwind that is this swift Swedish conspiracy. All three novels are jam-packed with insatiable scandal, marvellous mystery and nail-biting suspense.

Last but not least there is age-old romance, which you must be in the right mood for. Often quite predictable and cliché, but somehow they always succeed at leaving readers with a warm and fuzzy feeling afterwards. One of the latest authors hitting the shelves in this category is Jojo Moyes, whose books are easy to read and qualify as great chick-lit, so keep an eye out for her books. An all-time favourite in this category is of course…The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. If you haven’t read this, and even better if you haven’t seen the movie, make sure you get your hands on it, you won’t be disappointed.

Author: Lexi Kate

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