Top summer books 2013 – best beach reads

Ville de Brighton's best summer reads
Ville de Brighton’s best summer reads

Okay, so I may not have read them sprawled by a pool in St.Tropez or under a palm tree in Barbados or on a sand dune on Cape Cod, but these books (yes, real books with pages) have made my summer complete. I enjoyed every single one…though some more than others.

  • Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann (read if you can still remember what it was like to fall in love for the first time…an intellectual and sexual awakening of a young woman…but only if you like BIG books…and don’t mind a bit of wordy navel gazing)
  • Brideshead Revisted by Evelyn Waugh (read because it’s a true classic…and makes me want to drink champagne everyday…but not become a drunk)
  • Where’d you go Bernadette by Maria Semple (read…read…loved this witty satire and sped through it super quick)
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch (read if you’ve read all the others…it passed the time and you can see why it’s been made into a film but not my favourite of the summer…not a great translation either from the original Dutch)
  • When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman (read if you want a feel-good book and remember the p-p-pick up a Penguin advert…I laughed and cried)
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (read because everyone else is or has…but you won’t like the characters! Read before it becomes a film)
  • Say Anything – the Movie Quote Game That Takes You Back to The 80s One Line at A Time by Peter Fonatale and Frank R Scatoni (read if you love 80s films…it’s a quick flick and a lot of laughs)
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (read if you like multi-character, interweaving stories and smartly written books)

P.S. Every single book was purchased second hand (from the book man on Brighton’s seafront near the old West Pier or Savery Antiques and Books at Fiveways).

Another good book cover...
Another good book cover…
Love the cover of this...Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan? Classic
Love the cover of this…Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan? Classic
Can't believe it's taken me this long to read this...
Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read this…

Where: Second hand books at Savery Antiques and Books, 257 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 6GH or take a stroll to the old West Pier and find the book man…

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