5 Books for Summer

5 Books for Summer

Hot book Summer is upon us, so here’s five suggestions to help see you through:

1. Everything I Know About Love
A beautifully written memoir by columnist, podcaster, author and previous ‘Made in Chelsea’ producer Dolly Alderton. This novel was recommended to me by a friend, and I in turn recommended it to a friend of my own (who as far as I know actually recommended it to a friend of her own). All three of us loved it – and if you haven’t read the bestseller yet I would highly recommend it. A compelling book that also leaves you with a sense of clarity over every heartbreak you’ve ever had, reading the novel rather feels like what a good DMC with a friend should – fun and soul searching.

2. Convenience Store Woman
Translated from Japanese, ‘Convenience Store Woman’ is a short novel (less than 300 pages) from the perspective of an autistic woman in her thirties who works a part time job at a convenience store. Throughout the novel, the style of prose and the way that Keiko interacts with other characters bely that she sees the world differently to everyone else. As such, Convenience Store Woman manages to be both a meditation on social norms and the expectations for women and men in small town Japan, as well as a darkly funny and unusual read.

3. Last Night
The latest romantic comedy from Mhairi McFarlane has everything good chick lit should have: a brooding love interest *check*, an unexpected road trip to build sexual tension *check*, a main character undergoes some kind of transformative moral dilemma *check*. I read it in two days in the middle of the heatwave and would highly recommend.

Daisy Jones and the Six provides one of the most emotionally provoking reflections on love and faith that I’ve ever read

4. Daisy Jones and the Six
Daisy Jones and the Six is one of the most strangely addictive reads I’ve encountered in a long time. Written in an interview style with the band members, the novel recounts a fictional 70s rock band’s rise and fall. The interview style means that the novel’s plot is subject to the different recounting and fallible memories of the characters. Daisy Jones and the Six provides one of the most emotionally provoking reflections on love and faith that I’ve ever read, while also managing to keep the reader hooked on the gossip and drama of the fictitious rock group.

5. Zone One
While it is hot girl summer, we’re still living in the wake/midst (depending on who you talk to) of a major pandemic. As such, I felt it was only right to include a zombie novel in the list. Not just a zombie novel, Zone One is written by Colson Whitehead of Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys fame. This book is funny, thrilling and follows on from the George A Romero (Dawn of the Dead, Night of the living dead) legacy of using the zombie allegory to critique consumerist culture. And reading about a deathly plague in a pandemic provides a uniquely heightened experience.

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Lily Webber

Lily Webber is an English Literature graduate from the University of Durham. Her interests include intersectional feminism, mental health and books. Her goal is to work in publishing and eventually make her way to Commissioning Editor.

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