For many of us, a vacation is the only chance we get to sit down and enjoy a book. As summer is now in full swing, Rachel Rowney looks at six books that must be on your reading list this year, from classical novels to life-affirming nonfiction.
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Recently made into a film starring Emily Blunt, the novel was released in 2015 and is well worth revisiting if you like a gripping thriller to keep you on your toes. The story follows Rachel, who witnesses an act on her daily commute that will affect her life forever.
The One Plus One
by Jojo Moyes
For those of you who laughed and wept at Me Before You, this novel by Moyes is full of unexpected turns and poignant moments on relationships. The novel follows Jess Thomas, a single parent with two children who is struggling through the day to day, until she meets a handsome stranger…
Whiskey & Charlie
by Annabel Smith
A heartfelt and emotional novel, this book explores the relationship between twin brothers Charlie and Whiskey. You will be drawn into their complex relationship and won’t be able to put this book down!
My Cousin Rachel
by Daphne du Maurier
This book has just been made into a film, starring Rachel Weisz. This mystery romance follows the fate of the title character, Rachel, who returns to her late husband’s estate in Cornwall, England. Throughout the novel, the character’s true motives are unknown, with classic melodrama on every page. Fans of
du Maurier’s classic Rebecca will enjoy this novel.
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg
This nonfiction option is a sometimes difficult book to read but hugely beneficial to anyone who has ever experienced loss. Sandberg draws on her husband’s death to help others move forward and deal with their grief.
The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood
Although first published in 1985, a new spotlight is being shone on this novel thanks to the new adaptation on Hulu, starring Elisabeth Moss. The story follows Offred, a handmaid in dystopian society Gilead, where human rights are severely limited and repressed by the ruling dictatorship. This novel is a powerful commentary on society, and now a series on Hulu TV.