As an office full of self-confessed bookworms, here at Savoo we are always on the look-out for the perfect novel to keep us company on holiday. Here, we round up seven of our favourite summer reads for 2014, mixing new releases with other modern classics that everyone should add to their bookshelf. Happy reading!
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden– Jonas Jonasson
If you enjoyed Jonasson’s debut The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared thenyou are going to love his latest novel. It follows a South African shanty town girl who finds herself with the chance to save the king of Sweden- and illustrates how one person’s actions can have huge consequences, no matter how humble their origins.
The Rice Mother– Rani Manicka
14 year old Lakshmi leaves her home for marriage to an older wealthy man in Malaysia- before discovering that she has been tricked and her new husband actually lives in poverty. As their family grows and Lakshmi has to fight to make ends meet, her resentment is repeated throughout the generations. Although a dark book, it is deeply moving and magical, and the compelling characters will have you gripped until the end.
The Fault in our Stars– John Green
Recently adapted into a Hollywood blockbuster, the number one bestselling tragic novel by John Green should be at the top of your summer book list. Narrated by 16 year old cancer patient Hazel, we watch as she meets and 17 year old amputee Augustus at a local support group and falls head over heels in love. Get ready with a box of tissues for the inevitably sad ending.
Before We Met – Lucie Whitehouse
33 year old Hannah gets caught in a whirlwind romance, until one day her new husband never arrives home and she starts to realise how little she actually knows about him. Dubbed the new ‘Gone Girl’ and just as much of an enjoyable read, this creepy thriller will have you so hooked you will be unable to put it down until you reach the final plot twist.
Half Bad– Sally Green
The much talked about debut novel by Sally Green may be classed as teen fiction, but still appeals to adults (particularly those who enjoyed Harry Potter and Twilight!). In this fantasy world, witches are divided into Black Witches and White Witches- bad and good respectively. Half Black and half White protagonist Nathan could turn out either way, but you might have to wait for the second and third books to find out exactly whether he is capable of good or evil.
1Q84– Haruki Murakami
Cult Japanese author Murakami has sold books by the millions around the world, and 1Q84 is one of his finest works. An epic romance spanning three books, we follow lead characters Aomame and Tengo as they try to find each other in an increasingly bizarre world- where a second moon hangs in the sky and dwarves climb out the mouths of dead goats. If you like your books with a side of surrealism, Murakami is perfect for you.
The Book Thief– Markus Zusak
Unsettling and thought provoking, the number one new York Times bestseller will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Narrated by Death and set in Nazi Germany, the Book Thief centres on a young Jewish man hiding in the home of an adopted girl. Already made into a film, the richness of the characters and the subtle humour keeps this book from being all-out depressing- plus the writing is absolutely beautiful.
What books are on your summer wish list?