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Article  •  12 December 2023

 

Staff recommends: Summer Reads

It's been a fantastic year in books for Penguin HQ! Here are some of our favourite reads from 2023 which we think would be perfect for kicking back with this summer.

Happy Place by Emily Henry

A chemistry-filled 'second chance love' rom-com from the Tiktok sensation, Emily Henry! 

Perfect summer reading spot: by the pool

"If you're finding the dreariness of 2023 especially tiring by now, Happy Place will provide you with the escape you've been looking for. Emily Henry's books are the perfect palate cleanser. Her settings? Dreamy! Her characters? Loveable! She consistently nails the balance between drama and the endings you're hoping for."

- Sacha, Digital Marketer

 

 

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

THE breakout debut novel of 2022. Now a multi-million copy bestseller and a hit tv show. If you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for??

Perfect summer reading spot: a sunny garden with snacks and a cold drink!

"Deservedly a phenomenon! This book has it all – flawed yet (mostly) lovable characters, plenty of plot, a talking dog, enraging sexism, the triumph of friendship and unconventional families. A great book for people who like intelligent yet relaxing reads. Caution though, may make you cry on the beach.”  

- Becky, Director

 

 

Good Material by Dolly Alderton

From agony aunt and reluctant expert on millennial love, heartbreak and friendship, comes this sharply funny and relatable second novel.

Perfect summer reading spot: everywhere! Just keep it in your tote bag because you'll want to read it every spare moment you have.

"I adored Dolly's first novel, Ghosts, but she's topped it with her second. I loved reading a novel about heartbreak from a man's perspective, and the character of Andy was so believable; loveable, sort of pathetic and struggling to solve a puzzle familiar to so many of us, that of a break-up. The characters feel so lived in, the dialogue rings true (and hilarious), and the plot zips along in such a way that you'll find yourself just as invested in the why's of this broken relationship as Andy is."

- Naomi, Marketing Manager

 

 

None of this is True by Lisa Jewell

Queen of the unexpected, sometimes bonkers but never unenjoyable plot twist, Lisa Jewell is for you if you're after some suspense this summer.

Perfect summer reading spot: On a comfy couch in your relative's highly air-conditioned sunny sitting room

"Outlandishly dark and creepy - utterly unputdownable. I was immediately absorbed into Lisa Jewell’s writing & finished this within a day! I then immediately proceeded to recommend it to every thriller lover I know - proud to say I’ve now got not only myself, but my friends and family hooked on Lisa Jewell too."

- Summer, Children's Publicist

 

 

Or, hit play on your summer read with an audiobook! Try:

How to Loiter in a Turf War by Coco Solid

Read by Coco Solid herself, here's a summation by a reviewer from Audible: "Glorious, painful, crack up a true oceanic dream. Feels like a story me and my girls would retell"

Perfect summer listening spot: an early morning hike (before it gets too hot!)

"I love it when authors read their own audiobooks, but often works of fiction use actors. Not so for polymath Coco Solid!! This vibrant, bestselling novel is brought to life by the author herself. Listen as you roam the city streets at the same time as these ferocious, hilarious characters do."

- Grace, Senior Commissioning Editor and Audiobook Producer

 

 

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