My 2018 Summer Picks for Adult & YA Readers

What books are on your reading list this Summer?  Share your recommendations and most anticipated 2018 releases in the comments!  Here are some of my favourite books to read by the beach.  They are all easy reads that transport you to another place – perfect for when it’s too hot to set foot outside!


For Adult Readers

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

4214PUBLISHER: Mariner Books
RELEASE DATE: September 11, 2001
GENRE: Adult Speculative Fiction
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Goodreads blurb: When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

Life of Pi is the perfect Summer read because… it is both an action-packed survival story and a surprising exploration of spirituality.  No matter where in the world you hail from, this book speaks to everyone.

If you like Life of Pi, try:

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy | Add on Goodreads

The Dry by Jane Harper

27824826PUBLISHER: Macmillan Australia
RELEASE DATE: May 31, 2016
GENRE: Crime, Mystery
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Goodreads blurb: After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

The Dry is the perfect Summer read because… this hot new release from debut Australian author is set in rural Australia during drought season.  It is an easy read with a compelling mystery set in our own backyard.

If you like The Dry, try:

An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire | Add on Goodreads

The Girls by Emma Cline

thegirls-hero-portrait-the-girlsPUBLISHER: Chatto & Windus
RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2016
GENRE: Adult Fiction, Thriller
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Goodreads blurb: Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader.

The Girls is the perfect Summer read because… it nails the vibe of summertime in the ’60s.  The characters and tension will keep your eyes glued to the page.

If you like The Girls, try:

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides | Add on Goodreads
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman | Add on Goodreads

The Beach by Alex Garland

e82ed863e145a7dcfa40cdaaa788dd2fPUBLISHER: Penguin Books
: 1996
: Adult Fiction, Thriller
: 436
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Goodreads blurb: After discovering a seemingly Edenic paradise on an island in a Thai national park, Richard soon finds that since civilized behavior tends to dissolve without external restraints, the utopia is hard to maintain.

The Beach is the perfect Summer read because… it is literally set on an island beach.  Besides this obvious fact, it is a unforgettable page-turner.

If you like The Beach, try:

Stonemouth by Iain Banks | Add on Goodreads

Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas

18757210PUBLISHER: Allen & Unwin
: November 1, 2013
: Contemporary Adult Fiction
: 516
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Goodreads blurb: Fourteen-year-old Daniel Kelly is special. Despite his upbringing in working-class Melbourne, he knows that his astonishing ability in the swimming pool has the potential to transform his life … Everything Danny has ever done, every sacrifice his family has ever made, has been in pursuit of this dream–but what happens when the talent that makes you special fails you?

Barracuda is the perfect Summer read because… it is a gripping exploration of Australian sports culture best enjoyed beside the pool.

If you like Barracuda, try:

Breath by Tim Winton | Add on Goodreads


For Young Adults Readers

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

ready-player-one-book-coverPUBLISHER: Broadway Books
August 16, 2011
Young Adult Sci-Fi
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Goodreads blurb: It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world.

Ready Player One is the perfect Summer read because… this fast-paced pop culture motherlode will take you to incredible new worlds without you ever having to leave your bedroom.

If you like Ready Player One, try:

Warcross by Marie Lu | Add on Goodreads

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

038574126xPUBLISHER: Allen & Unwin
RELEASE DATE: May 13, 2014
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction
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Goodreads blurb: A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.

We Were Liars is the perfect Summer read because… it is an unputdownable mystery set on a private island.

If you like We Were Liars, try:

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold | Add on Goodreads

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

John_Green_Turtles_All_The_Way_Down_Book_CoverPUBLISHER: Penguin
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2017
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction
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Goodreads blurb: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Turtles All the Way Down is the perfect Summer read because… it is a page-turner that will put you inside someone else’s brain.

If you like Turtles All the Way Down, try:

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera Read My Review | Add on Goodreads
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley | Add on Goodreads

Puberty Blues by Kathy Lee & Gabrielle Carey

9780552775960-us-300PUBLISHER: Random House Australia
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction
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Goodreads blurb: For Deb and Sue, life is about surfies, panel vans, straight-leg Levis, nicking off from school, getting wasted and fitting in. But why should guys have all the fun? Puberty Blues is raw, humorous and honest. An Australian classic.

Puberty Blues is the perfect Summer read because… it is a cautionary Australian classic about surfie culture and teen shenanigans.  Also, you can easily read it in one pool-side sitting!

If you like Puberty Blues, try:

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume | Add on Goodreads



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