Today is World Book Day, and it’s got us thinking about our holiday reading list for 2017. There’s nothing better than a good book by the pool, whether you prefer a little holiday romance or a read-in-one-sitting thriller. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up the summer reads filling the Sovereign team’s Kindles this year…
Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
Released May 2017
Last year, Paula Hawkins’ gripping debut Girl on the Train had us glued to our sunbeds. In 2017, the bestselling author returns with a brand-new psychological thriller. Out in May (just in time for our summer getaways), Into the Water is set to be every bit as gripping. When Jules’ sister Nel dies, everyone says she jumped. Now Jules has to confront long-buried memories to search for answers…
Paris for One and Other Stories, Jojo Moyes
Struggle to make it through a whole novel? Add this collection of short stories to your holiday reading lists. From the author of Me Before You (which inspired last summer’s box office tearjerker, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin), Paris for One sees travel-shy Nell flying solo in Paris when her boyfriend fails to show for a romantic mini-break. With 11 short stories in total, each with hysterically funny insight into life, romance and friendship, it’s perfect for dipping in and out of.
Lion: A Long Way Home, Saroo Brierley
When five-year-old Saroo boarded a train alone, he ended up lost – for 25 years. An incredible true story, Lion: A Long Way Home tells the extraordinary tale of how Saroo Brieley went from the streets of Calcutta to a life in Australia, and the long journey he took to find his way home again. Touching and inspiring, the book was recently made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Dev Patel.
Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect, Fearne Cotton
Holidays are the best time to relax, reflect and unplug from the stress of our daily lives. TV and radio queen Fearne Cotton has written a beautifully illustrated guide to slowing down and reconnecting to what matters in life. Drawing on her own experiences with input from experts, the book includes exercises to help unlock creativity, along with practical tips to help you find a little more peace every day. The perfect dose of Zen for reading by the beach.
A Separation, Katie Kitamura
Set in the ruggedly gorgeous Peloponnese, A Separation sees a young woman searching for her missing husband in some of Greece’s wildest landscapes. The only problem? They’re separated – but no one else knows. Before she can begin her new life, she reluctantly sets out to search for him, uncovering more truths about their failed relationship. It’s a transfixing look at relationships set in some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes.
World Book Day bonus: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling
In honour of World Book Day, we thought we’d throw one in for the kids – but fair warning, you might find yourself pinching it when they’re not looking. One of the latest additions to the world of Harry Potter, this Hogwarts-approved ‘library book’ opens up the magical world with a look at its most fantastic beasts, with beautiful illustrations and brand-new beasts to surprise budding ‘Magizoologists’…