I’m off on my summer holidays soon and I can’t wait to get stuck into the pile of books I’ve amassed to read. I’m going to West Cork (a bit like Cornwall but wilder) and the weather is made for reading as it’s not always sunny. I don’t mind a bit of rain as long as I have a good book to curl up with.
And here are some books you might like to read on your summer holidays:
Judi Curtin is a great friend of mine and I love reading her books as I see a lot of her in them. In her latest, Only Eva, Eva is determined to find out why new girl, Aretta, is hurrying home from school every day. Meanwhile Eva also befriends Gigi, an elderly lady who hates her nursing home. Judi books really draw you in and they are also hard hitting and deal with serious, important themes, in this case, how we treat elderly people, and direct provision centres (immigration centres in Ireland) and how hard it is for children to live there.
I was delighted to see From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E L Konigsburg back in the bookshops (it’s been out of print for years), as it’s such an original book. Claudia Kincaid is fed up with being treated unfairly by her family so she decides to run away to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, taking her favourite brother, Jamie with her. They sleep in a medieval bed, use coins from the café’s fountain to buy food and there’s also an art mystery to solve concerning a Michaelangelo statue. It’s clever, funny and I just love Claudia. Don’t miss it.
Judy Blume has a new book out this season – for adults. To celebrate this, I thought I’d revisit one of my favourite books of all time, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. When I first read it as a teenager I remember thinking is she really writing about bras, and periods, and kissing boys? Can you do that in a book? It’s such an honest and funny novel and I re-read it every year because a/ it’s so wonderful and it makes me laugh out loud and b/ it reminds me what it feels like to be thirteen. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
And finally, teenagers will love Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. It’s a really wonderful novel about bullying, mental health and first love, written with such love and heart. If you like Cathy Hopkins, John Green or Sarah Dessen, you’ll love this book.
What are YOU reading this summer?
Yours in books,