28 June 2015


We hate to admit it but we really aren't big readers despite our wish to be. It can be so hard to get into a book and a routine of reading a chapter a night before bed when we have distractions like Youtube and Netflix - oops! But there is one time when we will not be found without a book and that is on holiday (especially when there is no internet) where reading is perfect, there is all the time in the world to read a book cover to cover - so satisfying.

Both of us took this on holiday a couple of years ago and managed to finish the first two books within a week, they are so addictive! Many people compare this series to The Hunger Games, it is an action-adventure with a romance running through it. If you have seen the amazing films then this is definitely a series you should pick up for the summer, the books are much better than the film. You follow the journey of Tris as she enters the fearless faction Dauntless and faces lots of challenges.

This book is told in a unique way through a series of recorded tapes of Hannah Baker - a girl who has committed suicide and is revealing her 13 reasons why. It is definitely one of those books that once you start reading, you don't want to put it down. You see the emotional story of Hannah unfolding and the impact this has on her classmate Clay Jenson who is in possession of the tapes. It may seem a little morbid but the storyline itself isn't traumatising in the slightest, you get drawn in and it makes you wonder why Clay Jenson has been given the tapes.

MY SISTER'S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult 
You may have watched the film of My Sister's Keeper and honestly the book is just as sad if not more so. Jodi Picoult writes the story of a teenage cancer patient Kate from the perspective of all main characters involved in her journey. It is one that will pull on your heart strings and show a realistic view of a teenager battling cancer - her diagnosis, treatment and then her first love.

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
Told from two perspectives, this unique plot is unpredictable and keeps you on edge. It's hard to talk about what it's about without giving anything away, but it basically uncovers the story of Nick Dunne's missing wife through the police investigation process. A brilliant elaborate thriller about manipulation and marriage - wish we'd read this before watching the film though!

Set in an American high school, Charlie writes letters about his life from the sidelines, always watching everyone else but too shy to join in. He meets a new group of friends and experiences some typical teenage things such as first relationships, making friends and parties which help him to fully participate in life and all it's ups and downs. A really interesting read as it's told entirely through letters written by him on his insightful observations about the world and people around him.

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Our summer book list includes: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Paper Towns by John Green and Illegal Action by Stella Rimmington.

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