Summer Reading Guide 19

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There is nothing better than a good holiday read while you’re enjoying some sun, sea and sand!

Written by Fifi Faiz


Here are some of our top picks to dig into on your next getaway


1. Jimmy Bluefeather by Kim Heacox 

This adventurous coming-of-age novel set in Alaska is a tale of family, Tingit ancestry and nature. We loved it for delving into the charming characters that live in this beautiful and wild part of North America. You’ll fall in love with old Keb Wisting a nonagenarian, his family and his friends.


2. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottesa Moshfegh 

The title of the book seems perfect for a holiday read! Be warned you will be whisked away on a story of escapism, self-induced drug hibernation and the turmoil of a young women dealing with a vacuum of love, family and career.


3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

A monumental book that will take you to the early 20th Century America, where a secret underground railroad helped slaves escape the horrors of the south to the free north. The reader is taken on an epic journey with Cora, the protagonist, as she tries to get to the railroad.


4. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum by Katherine Boo

Set in the Mumbai slums, this beautifully haunting novel looks at the lives of the families who live there while highlighting the extreme divides and inequality in the city.


5. Why The Caged Bird Signs, by Maya Angelou

If you haven’t read any of Maya Angelou’s books yet, then this is a good place to start. Her first autobiography is so powerful and enchanting, you will want to spend the rest of summer reading the remaining six of her autobiographies with each covering a chapter of her life.



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