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Perfect summer reads

I bring to you some summer book recommendations, guaranteed to make you not regret skipping that family lunch or a day out with your friends and instead enjoy lounging in bed with a tall glass of iced tea next to you

Perfect summer reads

Summer is here and I couldn’t be more grateful for longer days and shorter nights but the heat makes me not want to do things. It kind of limits the things me and my husband can do during the weekend. Hikes are out of question. So are picnics or short trips around Kathmandu because of all the pollution.

I find it difficult to concentrate so I feel listless during our weekly movie nights. My husband doesn’t like it when either the fan or the air conditioner is on. The room feels oppressive even with the windows open. The only thing I can seem to focus on are, thankfully, books. But even there, it seems like I have a certain preference. And I found out that it wasn’t just me.

I was talking to some colleagues recently and, while on the subject of books, they mentioned certain books made summer heat more bearable. Or so it seemed. Long, tragic stories were out and fun, lighthearted books were in. All of us liked reading something upbeat to tackle the monotony. We started giving each other recommendations of what we had enjoyed over the past couple of weeks and I thought it made for such a great list that I decided to share it.

So, this week, I bring to you some summer book recommendations, guaranteed to make you not regret skipping that family lunch or a day out with your friends and instead enjoy lounging in bed with a tall glass of iced tea next to you. Since most people I meet tend to like reading physical books compared to e-books, I’ve only included ones that can easily be found at local bookstores in this list. The five books here will fill your days with cheer and put you in a good mood.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

This is Emily Henry’s debut novel that came out in 2020. Since then, she’s gone on to publish a few other works but ‘Beach Read’ is arguably the most popular. We meet January Andrews, a romance writer, when she is given a key to her father’s secret beach house—one that he shared with another woman during his marriage. January heads there with hopes of using the time to write her next novel while clearing out the house. She finds out her college rival, Augustus Everett, lives next-door. Gus is a ‘serious’ writer who thinks romance is fickle. Since both of them are struggling with their work, they strike a deal—January must write a ‘serious’ novel while Gus must come up with something with a happy ending. Read the book to find out where that leads them and be ready to be sucked up in their world.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Rachel Chu has no idea just how filthy rich her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, is, when she agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with him and attend a family wedding. The culture shock she gets when she meets his family is made worse by the fact that Nick happens to be one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors. Then there’s Eleanor, Nick’s mother. She has strong feelings about the kind of woman her son should marry, and Rachel doesn’t fit the bill. Reading ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ feels a little like watching an Indian television serial. It has all the glamor, drama, gossip, and scheming—just perfect for a hot summer weekend. It’s outrageously funny, addictive, and filled with moments that will make you gasp in awe and surprise.  

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

While we were talking about books to read this summer, a lot of fantasy recommendations came up. Books by Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir came up quite a few times. But the one I chose to include in this list is ‘Wicked’ because all of us agreed it had an old-world charm and made most of us nostalgic about our childhoods. As children, most of us have read ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Wicked is a retelling of that favorite childhood story but from the perspective of the evil witch. When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. In Wicked, you meet her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch. You find out where she came from and what made her who she is. It’s a stunning novel full of rich imagery that will hook you from the first page.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

I loved ‘Twilight’ when it first came out. The first book in a four-part series, Twilight, is a love story of Edward and Bella. Only Edward is a vampire and Bella is human. I know a lot of people hate this book. The writing is bad, they say. The story is so cliché, others add. But it’s guaranteed to take your mind off the heat because there is drama and suspense at every turn. It’s easy to put yourself in Bella’s shoes and be swayed by an idea of romance that is so insane that you wish for it to be true. An element of thrill is added when the vampire community considers Bella to be a threat and wants to end her. Twilight then shifts from a pleasantly chilling love story to a taut chase thriller. The tension levels escalate as Bella’s hunter closes in and the stakes for her survival become high.

The Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Though all the books on this list are light and fun, ‘The Confessions of a Shopaholic’ by Sophie Kinsella will have you in splits. Alternatively titled ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ the story follows Rebecca (Becky) Bloomwood who loves to shop. Whether she can afford it is another matter altogether. Becky is a financial journalist. She tells other people how to manage their money. In reality, she doesn’t have a grip on her finances. The answer to all her problems is retail therapy. She knows it’s not a good habit but she can’t stop. This gets her in messy situations which get even messier when she tries to find a way out of them. The Confessions of a Shopaholic is the first book in the series so there’s more in store for you if you feel like you haven’t had enough after reading the book.


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