It doesn’t matter what season it is, we love curling up with a good book! Whether we’re snuggled up next to a fire or lay by the pool on holiday, devouring a book cover to cover is one of our favourite ways to relax. Going on your hols this month? Here are some of our top books for summer 2018 that definitely deserve a place in your carry-on.

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Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

You’ve probably spotted this memoir by Dolly Alderton all over your feeds thanks to it’s photogenic cover. She’s the former Sunday Times’ dating columnist so knows a thing or two about bad dates and getting dumped, but you don’t need to be fresh out of a break-up to relate to this one – it also covers friendship, jobs and discovering that you are enough.

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Lullaby by Leïla Slimani

At first, everything was perfect. Paul and Myriam think they’ve found a match made in au-pair heaven when they find Louise who is devoted to looking after their two children, until ‘The baby is dead. It took only a few seconds’.  The French bestseller has caught the attention of the country’s President, Emmanuel Macron and Hollywood, with a film adaptation rumoured to be underway.


When Life Gives you Lululemons
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When Life Gives you Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

We are forever grateful to Lauren Weisberger for giving us an insight into Vogue and Anna Wintour in The Devil Wears Prada…we mean Runway magazine and Amanda Priestly. So for the sequel, we’re taken to the bright lights of Hollywood where Emily Charlton (former first assistant to Miranda who Emily Blunt portrayed in the film) is now an Image Consultant who has just landed the client of a lifetime after a spell of bad work luck.

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The Only Story by Julian Barnes

It’s not the most traditional of love stories so this is definitely one for when you’re after a more unique tale on a relationship. 19 year-old Paul falls in love with a woman in her forties: Mrs Susan Macleod. It’s narrated by Paul as an older man, as he looks back on the love affair that defined his life with the novel starting with a very philosophical question,’Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more, or love the less, and suffer the less?‘ – which would you rather?

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

It’s a tale as old as time: a scorned wife is jealous of her ex-husband’s new (younger) fiancée but as this clever thriller proves, sometimes it’s too easy to make assumptions when you don’t know all the facts. The authors gave one piece of advice to readers before starting this novel: read between the lies.

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Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

Another tense thriller – sorry, we know holidays are a chance to relax but you have to read this! Vivian is a CIA Analyst and discovers that her husband, Matt, is one of the undercover Russian operatives she’s been trying to uncover for months. Do her loyalties lie with the agency or with her family once she finds out this deadly secret?


Now you’ve got your reading list sorted, up your swimwear game to look 🔥 on your vacay!





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