Top summer reads

Caroline Cassidy

Whether you've lined up two weeks of sun, sea and sand or are just hoping for a quiet staycation, there's nothing like getting immersed in a good book to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life.

top summer reads
top summer reads

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So if you are hoping to load up your Kindle or take a bundle of paperbacks, these are the bestsellers currently setting the book world alight.

Fifty Shades Trilogy - EL James
No surprises for guessing that this is topping the book charts right now. Having recently become the fastest-selling paperback since records began, EL James' 'mummy porn' trilogy is this year's must-read. It tells the story of the sexual awakening of an innocent 21-year-old student, Anastasia Steele, and her complex relationship with controlling billionaire Christian Grey.

The Thread - Victoria Hislop
Set within the troubled history of Thessaloniki, The Thread is a sweeping saga that charts not only the turbulent past of the Greek city, but the relationships of those caught up in the chaos. It's a romance, a thriller and a historical novel all in one.

Bring Up The Bodies - Hilary Mantel
In her sequel to the Man Booker-winning book Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel continues her exploration of sexual politics and backstabbing at the court of Henry VIII, as the ill-fated Anne Boleyn falls out of favour with the King. Told through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, readers will find themselves totally and utterly absorbed in a fascinating but often disturbing world... and dying to get their hands on the next instalment.

Before I Go To Sleep - SJ Watson
Following an accident at the age of 29, Christine Lucas wakes each morning with her memory wiped clean, and each morning she learns about her own life from her husband and the doctor responsible for treating her. But Christine's own journal holds secrets that could turn her already nightmarish situation into something altogether more frightening. A psychological thriller that'll keep you up at night... at least until you've finished!

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
If you haven't already succumbed to the latest teen sci-fi sensation, a holiday is the perfect time to catch up. Picture a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world in which teenagers are forced to participate in an annual fight to the death for the entertainment of those more fortunate. A well-written and gripping read that reaches far beyond the usual teen angst, make sure you take the entire trilogy with you if you're going away.

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