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Top 10 Summer Reads for 2017

It’s no secret that I’m a massive book worm and love nothing better than a good book.   Whether it be sitting in the garden or lounging on a sun bed by the pool, books are my must have accessory. I’ve compiled my Top 10 Summer Reads for 2017 for you.  A mixture of genres from classics, chick lits to thrillers.  Let’s hope I don’t exceed my baggage allowance when we head off to Spain in 4 weeks!

Top 10 Summer Reads for 2017

1. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

I’ve just finished reading The Muse which is a more recent novel by Burton.  I remember hearing good things about her debut a few years back so time to get acquainted with this one.  Set in 1686 in Amsterdam the story follows 18 year old Nellie Oortman as she navigates life as the wife of a wealthy merchant.




2. Truly, Madly, Guilty by Lianne Moriarty.

I snapped this up for a bargain £3.50 in Tesco a few months ago and I’m saving this for holiday read.  I’ve recommended Moriaty’s Big Little Lies, which was recently made into a TV series, to so many people so hopefully this won’t disappoint. With a synopsis like this “Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?” the novel sounds right up my street.



3. I See you by Clare MacIntosh.

From the same author as ‘I Let you Go’ which I’d previously enjoyed.  Hope it’s as gripping as the debut. Here’s the blurb from the book “When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that” Sounds like a good page turner.


4. Call My By Your Name by Andre Aciman

On the Italian Riviera, a budding teenager discovers lust, love, and the aches of the heart when his family hosts a 24-year-old American scholar at their villa. With its descriptions of long Mediterranean days and even longer nights, Call Me By Your Name reeks of summer.The gorgeous film adaptation, starring Armie Hammer, got rave reviews at Sundance. It’s set to hit cinemas on November 24, 2017.



5. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.

From the same author as ‘Girl on the Train’ which i loved! Hopefully more suspense in her follow up.  “A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged”.



6. Go Set a Watchmen by Harper Lee.

Released after Lee’s death this is the sequel to ‘Kill a Mockingbird’ which I studied for my GCSE’s.  Have to put a modern classic in the list. “Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch–“Scout”–returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South”



7. Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher.

My favourite mammy vlogger and celebrity facebooker.  Looking forward to reading one of Giovanna’s light hearted chick lit stories. Perfect for a poolside read requiring little brain power.





8. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson.

I’ve been a fan for Atkinson for years after reading ‘Behind the Scenes of the Museum’ years ago. One of my higher brow reads for Summer.  This novel follows Teddy, a former RAF pilot who contemplates life in the 21st century.  This is quite a chunky novel so not sure it will make the cut into the suitcase yet.

9. Behind Closed Doors By BA Paris.

A best seller that I missed when it was released a few years ago.  Can’t beat a psychological thriller and this is meant to be a good one.






10. One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

As the title says one little mistake from Vicky threatens to topple everything she loves. A great family, career and marriage.  Turning to her best friend to keep her secret may not turn out to be her wisest move.  This novel is getting great reviews on Good Reads so completes my ten choices.

Can I pack any more in?

Let me know if you have enjoyed any of these.  What you are packing in your case for Summer 2017?  Have I missed any must reads off my list? I’m sure I can squeeze another one in my case!



20 responses to “Top 10 Summer Reads for 2017”

  1. Oh I love these posts Cat. I’m thinking of buying a Kindle as you’re allowed to download one book per month onto a Kindle with Prime. If I do, I will go with Lianne Moriarty’s book as I loved the last one.

  2. ooh i have my eye on Miniaturist, I See You and Behind Closed Doors already so def adding them to my basket on amazon!

  3. These are a good collection, I rarely get time to read choosing to blog instead but there are a few authors who I know are fab in the list!

    1. I must admit summer hols is my big reading time

  4. I wish I still had loads of time to read. This is a great list

  5. These look fab! Thanks for the ideas x

  6. So need to start reading again – great escapism!

  7. Every year my resolution is to read more, and every year I fail so this is great inspiration

    1. It’s the only resolution I keep ?

  8. The Miniaturist is one of the best books I’ve ever read, firm favourite here xo

  9. I love the sound of Dream a Little Dream. Will have to have a look!

  10. The breakdown by B.A Paris (same author as behind closed doors) is a great read too!

    1. Fab I’ll put on list

  11. I see you is great. Im reading into the water at the mo and have behind closed doors to read next.x

  12. C l Taylor books are great too. Shes only written 4 x

    1. Thanks for the rec xx

  13. I managed to read a whole book in Majorca it was really good x

  14. Thanks for the list – have downloaded Truly Madly Guilty 🙂

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