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    The ultimate summer reading list: 7 books you can’t miss this season

    Nicole Benhar

    Dive into compelling narratives and intriguing stories

    The long days of summer are finally here, and one of the best ways to unwind and relax is to grab a book that transports you to a different world. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, relaxing on the beach, or simply enjoying some sunlight on your balcony, a captivating reading session can enhance any summer holiday. From thought-provoking non-fiction to enchanting tales or romance or mystery, we have curated a diverse list of books that will elevate your every out of office day.

    We Loved it All: A Memory of Life by Lydia Millet. Image: Supplied

    We Loved it All: A Memory of Life by Lydia Millet

    This acclaimed nonfiction is an ode to life and the diverse and strange twists and turns it offers every person. Renowned author Lydia Millet truly challenges the meaning of life and provides a very stimulating reading experience. The book weaves and reinforces how our memories, ancestral identities, and culture all go hand-in-hand when developing an individual. This book is perfect for those who enjoy deeply engaging and provocative reads.

    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Image: Supplied

    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

    If you are a fan of fantasy novels that have enchanting stories, then this book is the right choice. The story revolves around a mysterious circus called Le Cirque des Rêves, that appears without warning and only at night. However, behind the scenes, there is fierce competition between two illusionists, suspended for destiny to decide their fate. Immersed in romance, fantasy, magic, and more, this story is sure to spark the imagination of anyone who picks up the book.

    People Like Them by Samira Sedira. Image: Supplied

    People Like Them by Samira Sedira

    This award-winning novel is inspired by true events, and revolves around a couple living in a prejudiced French town, whose lives are uprooted when a family of outsiders move in. The story is an intricate melange of mystery, thriller, and crime, that forces the reader to reflect on the world we live in today. The psychological suspense transports readers into the world of the crime in a wholly engrossing narrative.

    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Image: Supplied

    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

    Indulging in history, science, and philosophy, Yuval Noah Harari frames this nonfiction book in a way that truly captures the essence of humanity and its species. This popularized book is perfect for anyone interested in the investigation behind evolution and the history of homo sapiens. If you are looking for a read to completely inspire and exhilarate your mind, then pick this book up off the shelves. Although a long read, this nonfiction book will keep you engrossed in the author’s ideologies and theories. 

    Worry by Alexandra Tanner. Image: Supplied

    Worry by Alexandra Tanner

    Alexandra Tanner takes her readers on the journey of two twenty-something sisters who live in Brooklyn, New York. This fictional novel is a contemporary take on existential crises and the ways in which young adults navigate life. It is a great choice for the younger bibliophile, with its fast-paced style, micro-dramas, and realistic relatable moments. Set in 2019, this story dwells on social issues, isolation, anxiety, and life’s struggles.

    The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. Image: Supplied

    The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

    Alex Michaelides has generated quite a buzz with this debut novel. It a real page turner and an ideal "thriller/crime" summer read. The story surrounds a psychotherapist, determined to uncover the secrets behind Alicia Berenson’s crime as she refuses to speak at all. His search to discover the truth leads to a twisting turn of events that consumes him and the readers. The book manages to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

    "Ayesha at Last" by Uzma Jalaluddin. Image: Supplied

    "Ayesha at Last" by Uzma Jalaluddin

    If you are a fan of the classic romance novels by Jane Austen, then this book is right up your alley. The story is about a young woman, Ayesha, living in Toronto, Canada, who sets aside her dreams of becoming a poet and lives a life of debt and troubles. It revolves around her romantic feelings towards Khalid and the complications that come with it. This easy-to-read romantic fiction is a contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice and leaves you feeling confident and inspired by the characters.

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