Reading is an everyday simple pleasure; summer is here and with the relaxing warm weather, a good read is best to put you in the mood to unwind. A preferred summer beach read varies from person to person but nothing is more relaxing than being pulled in by an engrossing story taking your mind off daily stress. Here are five recommended must-read books for summer to satisfy your bookworm needs!
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Summer is the time to slow down and loosen up; nothing beats picking up an old classic romance story. Why not indulge in books you’ve read before?
It is a well known fact that Mr Darcy of “Pride & Prejudice” is one of literature’s, most desirable man. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to spend some quality time with him? Published in 1813, you can find this novel in almost everyone’s bookcase.
Craving for the new yet old? A multitude of Pride and Prejudice inspired books available in bookstores such as “Me and Mr. Darcy” by Alexandra Potter, “Austenland” by Shannon Hale and” The Jane Austen Book Club” by Joy Fowler.
Strange Weather in Tokyo (Alternative title: The Brifecase) by Hiromi Kawakami (Translated by: Allison Markin Powell )
“The Briefcase” by Hiromi Kawakami is translated from Japanese. This book has a minimalist approach to storytelling and just like most Japanese literature; it has a surrealism touch to it. The story is narrated in a dreamlike manner by Tsukiko, a middle aged woman who lives predominantly alone. One day, she meets her former high school teacher in a bar, whom she refers to as “Sensei”. This book is slow-paced, perfect for readers who’s out doing adventurous activities during summer but wants to slow down with a short but sweet novel.
Our Happy Time by Gong Ji-Yong (Translated by: Sora Kim-Russell )
The cover of this book may not be eye catching at first glance; however it is a best-seller in Korea, it is no surprise as “Our Happy Time” will tug at your heartstrings with a heartbreaking story. This engaging book is recommended for those seeking a different viewpoint of life. “Our Happy Time” tells the story of Yujeong, a girl who seemed to have it all from beauty to wealth, is recovering from her yet another suicide attempt. Her aunt visits her and persuades Yujeong to accompany her visits to inmates on death row. She then encounters Yunsu – a convicted murderer. As the story unfolds, the reader will have a difficult time putting this book down.
Can’t get enough of the book? “Our Happy Time” has been adapted into a Korean film and a Japanese manga.
Dreamology by Lucy Keating
“Dreamology” will enchant you with a quirky love story perfect for a light-hearted read. The plot follows Alice who continuously dreams of a boy named Max. Endless nights of travelling and falling deeply in love with each other. However, on her first day at a new school, she meets the real Max but far different from her dreams. A sense of fantasy is injected in the pages of “Dreamology” for those who are looking for a delightful fun read this summer.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This coming of age tale is sure to put you in the right mood after the summer ends. This book is a must- read for anybody who is transitioning from high school to university. In this generation ruled by pop culture, there’s no shortage of fan girls and boys. A time ultimately arrives when each one of those fans will have to rearrange their priorities. Follow Cath, a fangirl and her journey towards adulthood as she discovers a new world outside of her much beloved “Simon Snow” series. The character development between the pages of “Fangirl” will surely make you feel right at home with the plotline.