With exams and essay deadlines fast approaching, spare time and reading for fun is the last thing on everyone’s mind. However, every cloud has a silver lining and after exams, a very long summer is to follow; a summer which offers ample reading time for all Newcastle University book lovers, so without further ado, here are my top three recommendations for the summer months. I have selected books from different genres so there should be something for everyone on this list!
1. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
Altered Carbon is a science fiction novel, that I read this year for one of my English modules. I adored it. The story is set in a world where human personalities can be stored digitally and downloaded into new bodies. Death has become a thing of the past, especially for the rich. We follow the engaging main character Kovacs as he is transported into a new body and a new world to be hired by a man who wants to find his attempted murderer. Yet again, this book is perfect for the summer as it is fast paced, so ideal for a beach read. In addition, I would recommend this book for any time of year. It is engaging, original and has a truly unique take on questions of love, immortality and what it means to be human.
2. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith & JK Rowling
As an avid Harry Potter fan, it is obvious I would recommend a novel by the not so secret author of this highly acclaimed and successful novel. The Cuckoo’s Calling was released in 2013 and follows the loveable private investagator Cormoran Strike as he is asked to uncover the true murderer of a celebrity. This novel is a charming yet fast paced read so perfect for a day in the sun and the characters have great chemistry. In addition to this, The Cuckoo’s Calling is the first in a series and there have been two published since 2013, The Silk Worm and most recently The Career of Evil. I am currently half way through the Career of Evil and it promises to be just as successful as its predecessors. This is a series that will see you through the summer and will not disappoint!
3. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
My final selection is a book which is, in my opinion, like no other. Beautiful Ruins tells the love story of an Italian innkeeper and an American starlet, it is a story which covers a lifetime and is honest, funny and sad all at the same time. I would recommend this book with one warning, when you decide to read this book, you have to leave your pragmatism at the door. This is a story for those who love the surreal and marvellously eccentric moments in movie and life, it is a book which will leave you uplifted and ready to enjoy the summer sun.