Books to read during the summer holidays

Now that Christmas is over and the holidays have started, it’s time to relax.

Why not pick up a good book, kick back on the couch and take a journey into another world?

Here are some great reads to keep you entertained this summer: 

The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

This dystopian young adult novel paints a bleak picture of humanity. When Thomas mysteriously arrives in a labyrinth filled with monsters, he starts an epic journey to find out just how he got there in the first place. The final instalment of the movie trilogy based on the books is due out on January 26 so now is the perfect time to read them.

Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky 

Charlie is a 15-year-old loner – until he meets high school seniors Patrick and Sam. This powerful coming-of-age story is written in the form of letters. Readers follow Charlie through his chaotic, fun, experimental and at times traumatic teen years. It’s an absolute page-turner. 

Marching Powder by Rusty Young

Australian author Rusty Young tells the true story of British-Tanzanian man, Thomas McFadden. Thomas was found carrying five kilograms of cocaine in his suitcase at La Paz airport in Bolivia. The book explores life inside the famous San Pedro prison – which is anything but ordinary.

Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

This book follows a dual timeline in which the protagonist Catherine is young, carefree and in love, while in the other she is suffering from crippling paranoia, OCD and PTSD. Readers will be taken on a journey to discover the horrors of domestic violence and how it can creep up on you unexpectedly.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Journalist Camille Preaker is forced to return to her hometown to cover a series of murders. But her past is about to come back to haunt her in unexpected and terrifying ways. This spine-tingling novel from the author of Gone Girl will have you hooked right until the end.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

It’s 1946 and Guernsey, England is occupied by Nazis. Our protagonist, the charismatic writer Juliet, starts writing letters to a farmer on the island named Dawsey. Dawsey happens to be a member of an eccentric literary society. Meeting the society will change Juliet’s life forever.

The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling

On his 11th birthday Harry Potter is stunned to find out that he is, in fact, a wizard. He is whisked off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where adventure, and danger, awaits. If you have some time over the holidays the books are worth a read – or a re-read.

Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil by Melina Marchetta

Suspended police officer Bish Ortley is pushed back into action when a bus that his teenage daughter is travelling on is the target of a bombing. Was the explosion deliberate? Did one of the students set the bomb? Readers will be on the edge of their seats trying to solve this puzzle.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Jane is a single mum and she is new in town. Her troubled son brings her to the attention of the town’s self-appointed queen bee, Madeline. Madeline and her best friend and highly-successful former lawyer, Celeste take Jane under their wing. When fate brings these three women together, their lives become intertwined in indescribable ways.

Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes

He’s a rock legend and arguably Australia’s favourite son. This book details Jimmy Barnes’ rise to fame starting with his time as the front man of Cold Chisel. It’s an in-depth look at life in the spotlight.

Unbreakable by Jelena Dokic

Jelena Dokic was one of the world’s best tennis players, but she was also a refugee and a survivor of domestic abuse. This book details her rise to sporting fame and the abuse she suffered at the hands of her coach and father, Damir Dokic. This story of survival will inspire you long after it’s finished.

It by Stephen King

The world has gone Stephen King mad lately, so why not figure out what the hype is all about? This horror novel follows a group of children who are being hunted by an unknown monster only known as ‘It’. King’s masterful suspense and attention to detail will have readers checking under the bed before they go to sleep.

Origin by Dan Brown

Adventurous cryptographer Robert Langdon is back for another perilous quest. This time he is at the Guggenheim where a scientist is about to reveal some fundamental secrets about humanity. However the presentation is interrupted and now Langdon is on a race against time to ensure the secrets are not lost forever.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist is thrown into the world of heavily tattooed hacker Lisbeth Salander. The two sink themselves into the investigation of a missing girl from one of Sweden’s wealthiest families. What they uncover will send them into some of the darkest places either of them have ever been.

The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir by Anh Do

Anh Do is one of Australia’s most beloved comedians and entertainers. His book details his life fleeing from war-torn Vietnam to settle in Australia as a refugee. Life as a refugee in Australia isn’t easy but this uplifting story has plenty of Anh’s signature humor and optimism.

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Actress Anna Kendrick is beloved on Twitter for her brazen, honest and hilarious view of the world. Think of this book as an extended version of her Twitter feed. The book features hilarious anecdotes from Anna’s childhood along with observations of Hollywood and her rise to fame. 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The year is 2044 and the earth is a desolate, over-populated wasteland. The only way to escape the horrors of modern life is to put on some virtual reality goggles and visit the Oasis. But the race is on to keep the Oasis alive and only one player can win. Steven Spielberg has adapted the book into a movie due out in 2018.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This dystopian novel takes a bleak look at what the world would be like if men ruled and women were subjected to a life of slavery. Offred is a handmaid who must bear children for her master and keep the house in working order. But she dreams of living a free life with the man she loves and the child she didn’t get to raise.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A true classic beloved by generations of readers.The book explores fractured race relations in America’s deep south during the tumultuous 1930s. An African-American man is accused of raping a young white woman. His lawyer Atticus Finch believes the man is innocent and hopes to ensure justice is rightly served.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

In Nazi-occupied Poland, Antonina Zabinski is helping Jewish citizens to hide out in her family’s zoo – right under the noses of Nazi military forces. This true story shows the great courage of the Polish people in the most terrifying of circumstances.