The temps have peaked, the days longer and beaches are becoming our second home—which can only mean one thing, summer is well and truly here. While hitting the surf and a round of cricket are fun, if you’re looking for a more chilled out beach sesh, we’ve got you covered with a whole slew of epic new release books for you to dive into.
Umbrellas at the ready, here are the best books to check out this month.
By Yvette Cooper
Prepare to be inspired, like really inspired. British politician Yvette Cooper rounded up a collection of 30 brilliant speeches by women throughout the ages that have inspired change and altered the course of history. The book features everyone from Margaret Thatcher and Michelle Obama, to Julia Gillard, Jacinda Ardern and Joan of Arc. One read of this beauty and you’ll be bursting with motivation to go out there and smash your goals. This is girl power at its finest!
By Matt Ruff
This incredible new read is already making serious waves and is set to be turned into a HBO Series by J.J. Abrams and Get Out director Jordan Peele—so you know it’s a goodie. Set in Chicago, 1954 we meet twenty-two year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner who embarks on a road trip to New England with his uncle and childhood friend to find his missing father Montrose. Along the way the trio are faced with shocking racism but it’s nothing compared to horrors they discover when they finally locate Montrose who is being held prisoner by a crazed clan.
Letter To My Younger Self
By Jane Graham and The Big Issue
You might want to keep the tissues or beach towel handy for this moving read. Journalist (and books editor of The Big Issue) Jane Graham is asking a huge question—what would you tell your younger self? For the past decade, The Big Issue has been getting people from all walks of life to pen themselves a letter answering that exact question and the results are incredibly moving. This sweet read features a compilation of 100 letters from the likes of Paul McCartney, Jamie Oliver, Margaret Atwood, Olivia Colman, even 50 Cent. The best bit? All royalties from the book go directly to The Big Issue.
The Secret Runners Of New York
By Matthew Reilly
We’re digging this modern take on Back To The Future meets Gossip Girl. The novel revolves around Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red who have just moved to New York’s glamourous Manhattan. So far, so normal… that is until rumours of a coming global apocalypse begin to swirl. While most of New York dismisses the rumours as a publicity stunt, Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York. This is no ordinary clique though, they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future and what Skye discovers is straight out of a horror flick.
By Ali Wong
We’ve long harboured a serious crush on comedic legend Ali Wong and one read of her book has only increased it tenfold. In Dear Girls you’ll laugh (and cry) over Wong’s heartfelt letters to her daughters which cover everything she thinks they need to know in life—us too! From the sometimes unpleasant details of dating and how to be working mum in a male-dominated profession to how she trapped their dad, you’ll devour this read in weekend.
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