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5 Of The Best Summertime Reads

Summer is a great time of the year no matter who you are the sun is out, the water is warm and couples walk hand-in-hand eating ice-cream. What is not to love about it? And what is summer without long days spent lounging? Whether you are lounging at the beach, by the pool or in a hammock, make sure you have a really good book to get lost in. With so many great new novels released just in time for summer, put your feet up and turn on your imagination with one of the following must-reads.

1. Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel

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Start your summer off the right way thanks to the award-winning author of No One Is Here Except All of Us Ramona Ausubel. Set in 1976, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty is a riveting tale that will touch each and every one of you. The story revolves around what has to be everyone's deep down biggest fear having your family run out of money and not be able to live the lifestyle you are accustomed to. This relatable story will play on your emotions and will keep you guessing as you walk in the shoes of this average American family that could just as well be yours.

2. Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

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Summer would not be complete without indulging in a really compelling and moving crime novel. If you just can't get enough of physiological thrillers that really make you question humanity as a whole, then Under the Harrow was written just for you. The debut novel of Flynn Berry, the author grabs you from the first chapter and does not let you go until the electrifying conclusion. The story is centred around one sister's brutal murder and explores the fierce and sometimes haunting love between siblings.

3. The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver

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Lionel Shriver's thirteenth novel could not have come at a better time with the United States facing uncertainty with the upcoming election later. What better way to contemplate a potential Trump presidency than by reading about a very different America one that did not survive the 2008 financial crisis. Presenting a worst case scenario, The Mandibles is a tale of one family's survival in economic hardship, and will make you appreciate that even if the worst does happen, all is not lost. Even those not interested in politics and the economy will appreciate the quick wit that this novel brings.

4. Night of the Animals by Bill Broun

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If you are finding your day to day too ordinary, then prepare to explore the boundaries of reality with Night of the Animals. Leave everything you thought you knew about realism at the door and go on an adventure with a homeless man who sets out to free all the animals from the London Zoo. Sounds innocent enough, but add to this his magical ability to communicate with these animals and you get a story that is more or less the tale of Noah's Ark mixed with Alice in Wonderland. It will be the strangest yet most beautiful novel you will read all summer.

5. Problems by Jade Sharma

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So simplistically titled, Problems is a story of one woman's self-destructive, lonely and drug fuelled existence, and will undoubtedly bring some perspective in your life. Jade Sharma's words have a way of drawing you into the pages, and you will feel as if you are reading a memoir of a close friend. Courageous and witty, Problems explores what happens when an already fragile life crumbles, and what it really means for a modern woman to find true inner strength. Leave your preconceptions about race, addiction and recovery at the door, and get ready for an emotional rollercoaster that you will not want to end.

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