Your Summer Reading Guide

There's nothing better than a stress-free day at the beach basking in the warmth and getting some sun on your skin. Having a good book to read is just the cherry on top of this perfect combo. Getting lost in another world, or reading something that's beneficial to your lifestyle is always a positive. So here are a few books that may very well become your best mate this upcoming sunny season.


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#1  'Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me' by Lily Collins


This book is written by talented, young actress Lily Collins. It is a collection of essays that cover a wide range of topics from loving what you see in the mirror to relationships, Hollywood life, eating disorders and much more. One thing that a lot of readers love about the book is that the author truly opens up about so many things other actresses hide from the media. You’ll learn a lot about her character and how wise this beautiful young person is. She delves into her past insecurities and her own journey of discovering self-worth and happiness. There are lots of never before seen photographs from Lily’s life that really compliment the book and expose her down to earth way.


#2 ‘Chasing forever down’ by Nikki Godwin

A feel good, summer themed novel about a seventeen-year-old girl who finds an attractive, mysterious stranger at a party who plays by his own rules. Following a scavenger hunt, main character ‘Haley’ tries to find this young man again and discovers he is a famous surfer in a small town in California. She submerges herself in this surfer boy’s world and discovers more than she bargains for. Wild nights, beach sunsets and falling in love will keep you turning the pages of this book. ‘Chasing Forever Down’ is the first book in a series but it can be read as a stand alone novel too. It’s gripping and will make you want to move to Crescent Cove in California to see what all the fuss is about.


#3 ’Milk and Honey’ by Rupi Kaur

Written so elegantly, Poet Rupi Kaur will heal your pain and heartache. It’s a heartwarming read, a collection of beautifully written poems about survival through emotional pain. She describes her experiences of love, violence, loss, and femininity in four chapters of the book. Each chapter has a different purpose and deals with different types of heartache. It will help you in your own life if you’ve ever been through similar experiences. It is a manual for all the girls who have lost love and shows you how to see the sweetness in other aspects of life if you can take a moment to stop and admire what’s around you. 


#4 ’Scar Tissue” by Anthony Kiedis

This one is an autobiography that follows the life of lead singer Anthony Kids from ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’. It begins when Anthony is a child with some great detail of his earliest memories and follows his journey growing up in the 70’s and 80’s of Hollywood. His exposure as a young boy to celebrities, music, and narcotics and the questionable guidance of his father, this book is very hard to put down. The way Anthony describes his experiences and relationships is very unique. He narrates his early experiences touring with bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam to being a homeless drug addict sleeping under bridges. There's even a couple of mentions of New Zealand in there. His transformation into a sober artist is really rewarding to read and will leave you feeling intrigued about the lives of rock stars and the ups and downs of the high life.


#5 ‘Barbarian Days’ by William Finnegan

This is a memoir about the author's infection with surfing and everyone that surrounds it. Surfer or not, this captivating read is amazing and will teach you to appreciate the beauty of the ocean through the way the writer describes the raw beauty of dead clear ocean waves and the untouched beaches in many parts of the world. The book follows his first encounter with waves, his teenage years in Hawaii, becoming a teacher to black children during the apartheid in South Africa, marriage and more. He talks a lot about his obsession with surfing and it being a way of life and his first love.


#6 ’Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’ by J.K. Rowling

Sorry but this one needs a mention. And the rest of the Harry Potter series by this amazing, clever author. If you’ve never read a Harry Potter book I suggest you start from book one. This is the first book I remember ever reading and one that has stuck with me forever, it’s the perfect combination of adventure and mystery for all ages. If you’ve seen the Harry Potter films then the books will give you a lot more insight into what’s actually going on in the life of wizard Harry Potter and you’ll pick up a few differences and things that are missed in the movies.  If you’re a Harry Potter fan like me the series can be read over and over and it will still provide a magical escape from your daily life.


#7 'Elsa’s Wholesome Life' by Ellie Bullen

Ellie Bullen is a young nutritionist from Australia who you might know from Instagram where she posts amazing photos of her food and travels. This book is a collection of the most incredible and delicious recipes, lifestyle tips and important nutritional information all inspired by eating plants. There are lots of substitutes for dairy products like recipes for vegan cheeses, hearty soups, curries and burgers to replace meat focused dinners accompanied by mouthwatering images. Ellie’s passion for plant based food was ignited by her discovery that only 5 percent of Aussies eat the correct amount of fruit and veg every day. This book is perfect if you’re wanting some inspiration for summery, healthy recipes!

#8 'The Book Of Speculation' by Erika Swyler
A fiction novel about a man who uncovers some strange secrets about his families past. Set in the 18th century and also the present day the book follows the tale of Simon (a librarian) who is randomly sent an old water damaged book that contains mysterious accounts and deaths of mermaids in a circus. As his sister ran away with the circus and his mother was a circus mermaid who died by holding her breath, this leads him to believe that there is a reoccurring theme and his sister may be in danger. If you like mystery then this is a good one to get your hands on.

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