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Alternative Summer Reads

Summer often sees reams of 'holiday reads' posts, and while I love a good recommendation, these posts often feature heavily in Chick Lit, comedy blunders and tear jerkers - genres I really don't get on with! If you're looking for something a bit different to read on your travels this summer, check out my top picks:

1. How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff - How it has taken me so long to buy this book I have no idea! Set during a modern-day war, fifteen year old Daisy is sent to live with her Aunt in England and promptly falls in love with her cousin. The bubble is soon broken, the cousins are separated and we are taken on a whirlwind tour of modern conflict. The narration is witty, sarcastic and imaginative and I challenge anyone not to be touched by Rosoff's beautifully simplistic writing.

2. A Summer of Drowning, John Burnside - Mystery, Norse mythology and a little teenage angst thrown in for good measure. Set against a dreamy Norwegian landscape, with tales of drowning and sinister undertones, this book won't be for everyone and can get a little claustrophobic. I'd definitely recommend it if you aren't into your 'typical' summery reads!

3. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier - An oldie but a goodie. I always find myself picking this up again in the summer months. An early example of 20th Century popular fiction, this is an easy read that never fauls to entertain me. Rebecca tells the story of an ordinary girl caught up in a whirlwind romance, taken to live in a grand hall in the English countryside. From the outset she feels the presence of the previous Mrs de Winter, and begins to question both her new husband and her own soundness of mind.

What are you reading this summer?

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