Summer Reading Round-up

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For me, reading is the best way of escaping the mundanity of every day life. Although TV is definitely a great distraction, you can’t completely immerse yourself in your own imagination like you can when your head’s in a book. Over the summer, I’ve thrown myself into so many different realms, from Victorian Britain to modern-day Pakistan under Taliban occupation.  

I thought I’d share my three favourites out of all my summer reads with you guys, so here goes!

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I got this book as a birthday present from my lovely boyfriend & after hearing a lot of hype about it online I was excited to get stuck in. Thrillers and psychological novels are definitely my favourites, but after reading lots of them I sometimes find the twists a bit repetitive or predictable. This was definitely not the case for this novel!

What I can say about The Girl on the Train is that it’s a complete page turner. It’s really easy to read and I actually ended up reading it all in one sitting. The novel tells the story of Rachel, an alcoholic, who commutes into London every day and makes observations out of the window. One day on her travels, she sees something that shocks her. The perfect picture she has envisaged on her daily commute surprisingly unravels with each chapter, which is what makes the novel so gripping.

My one criticism has to be of the characterisation, which suffers as the novel is mainly plot driven. I feel like the characters could have been developed a bit more as they were static and not very likeable. 

Nevertheless, I could not put this book down! I’d give it a solid 4/5 and I’d definitely recommend it to those of you that enjoy a good thriller.

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

I’ve been a huge Anthony Horowitz fan since my early-teenage years where I was obsessed with the Alex Rider series. My love for Horowitz only grew when he visited our school to teach us the formula to writing a good crime story. Perhaps this was one of the things that ignited my love for mystery! 

Arthur Conan-Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is infamous in British literature, and though I’ve read a few of the short stories here and there, I have never been completely won over by them. I attempted to solve my indifference towards Sherlock by reading Horowitz’s extension of Conan-Doyle’s literary world.

Just like The Girl on the Train, Moriarty was really enthralling and it’s safe to say that I’ll be reading more Sherlock in the future! I’d give Moriarty a solid 4.5/5 and would recommend Horowitz as an author to everyone and anyone. 

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

I am really interested in current events and politics, but at times it all feels a bit overwhelming. When you’re watching news on the telly, it can be hard to relate to people that live in completely different environments across the other side of the world. I was glad that reading this book broke down these problems, exploring important issues without feeling too heavy.

I would rate this book a solid 5/5 because it has taught me so much! I love that Malala’s voice is filtered through the narration. It’s almost as if she’s sat with you talking through her childhood and the changes in her life. I love learning about strong powerful women as they inspire you to be the best person that you can be. Reading this book will make you feel grateful that you have had the right to education, and open your eyes to what life is like in Swat Valley in Pakistan.

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What is your favourite book you read this summer and why? Make sure you leave me a comment down below as I’d love to hear your recommendations! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Summer Reading Round-up

  1. I have the Malala one sitting on my to-read shelf and you just reminded me it should be up next! I am also really interested in Moriarty now– I’m the same with Doyle, I actually liked the movies more than the actual short stories so I feel like I should try this one out. Thanks for sharing!

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