During these hot summer days, when going outside might not seem too appealing, it is best to grab a cold beverage of your choice and read a good book. From fantasy to historical fiction, here is a list of books that are best to read during this season.
Circe, by Madeline Miller, is the tale of Circe, the immortal daughter of Helios, god of the sun. She might be unusual by the standards of other deities but she has a hidden talent- witchcraft. When her strange abilities start posing a threat to the gods, she is banished to the island of Aiaia, but this only leads to her fine tuning her craft. Miller’s flowery prose and poetic writing beautifully illustrates the story of Circe as she carves out her own path in defiance of the gods and transforms from a quiet child into a powerful sorceress who is a force be reckoned with. This book will captivate you with its language, world building and of course its unforgettable lead. (ages 14+ )
One Crazy Summer
Sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern travel half way across America to spend their summer holidays with their mother, who left them a long time ago. When they finally meet Cecile, she turns out to be a mysterious poet who isn’t stereotypically ‘motherly’. Things get interesting when she sends the girls off to a Black Panther summer camp and the oldest sister Delphine begins to question the opinions she had built over the years and realizing that she and her sisters have a Black Panther side to them, all the while slowly learning about their mother and making new friends. This tale of sisterhood and motherhood is sure to keep you engaged. (ages 13+)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
When famous movie star Evelyn Hugo tasks unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant with writing her biography, the hidden truths of Evelyn’s life are revealed. Evelyn Hugo’s rise to fame will grip you from the first page to the last. Full of complex characters this book is a page turning tale of ambition, love, glamour and the price paid to achieve stardom and fame, The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo is a must read. (ages 16+)
Author Roald Dahl’s autobiography documents his time working in Africa and later, fighting in World War 2 as a fighter pilot in Britain’s Royal Air Force. The book portrays the slow build to the Second World War from a civilian’s perspective well. This tale of adventure and the cost of war is sure to make you experience a lot of emotions while reading. (ages 13+)
Because of Winn- Dixie
When a messy but sweet dog called Winn- Dixie enters the life of our protagonist Opal, unexpected things begin to happen. Everything from Opal making some surprising new friends to her finally asking her father about their past happens because of Winn-Dixie. A wholesome tale of a young girl finding her footing and making new friends, Because of Winn-Dixie is sure to warm anyone’s heart (for all ages).
Note: This article has been contributed by our reader Pihoo Mamgain (14), Dwarka