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Best Summer Reads

Summer holidays are the best time to relax with some quality holiday reading.

Whether you opt for a challenging read or a bright and breezy beach read, the long lazy summer days are the perfect time to get lost in a book.

Here’s 10 books to add to your summer reading list by alluxia founder Sally Scott and resident bookworm:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A heartbreaking coming of age story set in a small town of North Carolina, the main character Kya “Marsh Girl” overcomes a difficult childhood to find love and success through the kindness of others. My favourite book of the year.

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

This book is a real page-turner! I devoured this book in almost one sitting. It opens with the death of the matriarch of the family and then slowly reveals the secrets the family keeps.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 

What could be a bleak read about the unimaginable atrocities in the concentration camps at Auschwitz is a surprising tale about the love story between Lale and Gita, based on a true story told by Lale Sokolov to author Heather Morris.

The Wife & the Widow by Christian White 

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and the Widow is a mystery/thriller told from two perspectives, but nothing on the island is quite as it seems.

Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee 

With a confronting cover and subject matter it’s easy to dismiss Aussie author Bri Lee’s Eggshell Skull, but it’s a story everyone should read, especially with the rise of the #MeToo movement. A true story, told eloquently from a brave and courageous woman.

One Day in December by Josie Silver 

If you’re looking for a light, romantic beach read, then this one’s for you. It’s an enjoyable read, filled with sliding doors moments that will keep you captivated and enchanted right to the very end.

The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah

Set in the wilds of Alaska, this is a story of a family in crisis struggling to survive at the edge of the world; it is also a story of young and enduring love. Kristen Hannah is also the best selling author of The Nightingale (, another masterpiece you should check out.

Becoming by Michelle Obama 

Our favourite non-fiction of the year is Michelle Obama’s biography describing a life filled with meaning and accomplishments. While it’s intriguing to read the behind the scenes account of the First Lady of the United States of America, it’s her early life and the shaping or ‘becoming’ Michelle Obama that was most compelling.

The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence 

An intriguing time travel book by Australian author Jennifer Spence. Central character Stella steps off a bus and finds herself 20 years in the past. She visits her family, passing herself off as a long-lost Aunt and tries to avert a family tragedy. Another captivating book filled with sliding doors moments.

Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales 

Another great non-fiction book, this one tells the tales of Australians going about an ordinary day until life-changing events and tragedies occur. Journalist Leigh Sales interviews these people to discover what happens next.

Further reading ideas here or book a getaway in one of these beach houses and relax poolside this summer.

Images: courtesy of Booktopia
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