Five Book Recommendations For Your Summer Reading

by Preshita Thakur

As the days get longer and warmer, so does our appetite for reading another interesting title, story, or excerpt that keeps our summers going. Books are that companion, that takes our space, tangible and intangible (not that one would mind), and helps us navigate life, through non-fiction texts or good ol’ fiction madness.
Here, we recommend five books, some of the latest releases, you should try reading to break away from the monotonous slow summer bore days, a need of the hour!

Genre – Fiction, Romance
To make a strong case, this contemporary romance was an instant New York Times bestseller, a viral sensation, plus a love story about people working in STEM at that. The story follows Olive and Adam, two scientists, whose fake relationship turns far too real when real feelings come along. A classic trope, mixed with a lot of Science makes for a hit read!

Genre – Non-Fiction, Autobiography
A genre-bending work, Samantha Hunt’s non-fiction debut can be considered an unusual piece of text, manuscript, or a memoir that explores ghosts, ghost stories, and haunting, in the broadest sense, with many questions asked, rather than statements made. Questions such as what is it to be haunted, to be a ghost, to die, to live, or to read?

Genre – Fiction
Monica Ali’s Love Marriage is a story about two very different families who are thrown together by the engagement between Yasmin, a 26-year-old trainee doctor of Indian ancestry, and fellow medic Joe, an upper-class white man whose mother is an outspoken feminist. As they prepare for the wedding, their beliefs, traditions, and a lot more that’s considered ‘love’ come to light.

Genre – Fiction, LGBTQ+
A story of queer love and working-class families, ‘Young Mungo’ is about Mungo and James who fall in love and imagine a future for themselves while protecting their secret. Born under different classes, Protestant Mungo and Catholic James fall in love in the brutal hyper-masculine world set in Glasgow’s housing estates and the rest follows.

Genre – Fiction, Short Stories
Travelling from Pittsburgh, Eastern Washington to Tamil Nadu, Sindya Bhanoo’s collection of short stories of South Asian immigrants and the families they leave behind are complex, haunting, and not simple. It is an intimate look into contemporary South Indian American women, their lives, choices, and journey, a must-read for all.

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