Summer holiday reads 2016


Four books to pack for your summer holiday.


Searching for a book to read on the beach? When the year goes by far too quickly, the last thing you want to do is spend your well-deserved break reading a book that is anything less than great. So I’ve taken all the work out of it for you, by giving you a list of my favourite books of 2016.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

By J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany


Harry Potter & The Cursed Child

Don’t listen to those mere muggles complaining about how the eighth installment of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is a screenplay and not a novel. For every true Harry Potter fan, the release of The Cursed Child is a dream come true.


The story is set 19 years after the Deathly Hallows. Harry is 37, married to Ginny and father to three kids. Harry’s son, Albus Severus is struggling to cope with the expectations that come with having a famous father. Together with his best friend, Scorpius (Draco Malfoy’s son), Albus tries to fix his father’s “mistakes” when they find themselves in league with Voldemort.


I love how well constructed the storyline is, recalling events from the original Potter series. Not only do you get new insights into Harry, Dumbledore and Voldemort, but you also get a glimpse of what could have happened in the series if things had gone differently.




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Two by Two

By Nicholas Sparks


Two by TwoThe Notebook, The Wedding, A Walk To Remember, The Lucky One… One thing is for sure, Nicholas Sparks has a knack for writing exactly what a girl wants to read about – love! However, for all those who say that Sparks’ novels are predictable, you will be happy to know that this is not your typical love story. This is a story about the relationship between a father and his daughter. Every daddy’s girl out there will agree that this is Sparks’ best work yet!


This book covers a year in the life of Russell Green, a father, husband and successful businessman who has it all. Then everything in his life begins to fall apart. He loses his job, his love life disintegrates, and inevitably his family is affected. Rus has to figure out how to deal with the changes and do what is best for his daughter.


Somehow, Sparks always knows how to invoke the deepest emotions out of his readers, and it never gets old! If you are looking for a book you can get lost in, this is definitely the perfect novel for you.


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Small Great Things

By Jodi Picoult



Small Great ThingsJodi Picoult never fails to deliver a novel that makes us think and consider what we would do and how we would respond in difficult situations.


Small Great Things is a book about a black labour and delivery nurse (Ruth Jefferson) in a hospital in Connecticut. She is a great at what she does and has raised an honours student as a single mother after her husband died in Afghanistan.


During her shift, Ruth begins a routine check up on a newborn. The parents are white supremacists who don’t want a black woman to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request and reassigns Ruth to another patient. The next day, Ruth is alone in the nursery and the baby goes into cardiac distress. Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and is charged with murdering the baby as revenge. Kennedy, the public defender, advises her not to mention race in the courtroom.


The best part is that the story is is told from three different perspectives: that of Ruth, Turk (the father of the baby) and Kennedy (the public defender). This book definitely opens up your eyes to many problems in our society.


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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

By Amy Schumer


The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

If you can’t get enough of Amy Schumer (and we know you can’t!), you are bound to love The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. Amy is, without a doubt, one of the funniest women in Hollywood. Her book is not a biography or a self-help book, but rather a collection of extremely funny essays about Amy’s personal life.


She says: “Life is full of pain and disappointment. I’ve made a whole career out of pointing this out and reliving it in ridiculous ways so everyone can laugh and cry along with me”.


Amy definitely has a way of touching on some extremely deep stuff while making you laugh. She openly discusses her personal experiences: her relationships, sexual encounters, family problems and (of course) the time she got her lower back tattooed by a drunk guy named Kurt.





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