Top book recommendations for summer
Whether you are an avid reader or looking to reignite your passion for books, there is no better time to refresh your must-read list than at the start of a new season. To help you curate the perfect summer reading list, we have gathered a collection of both fiction and non-fiction recommendations straight from the hearts of our book-loving Westfield team.
It’s time to find a comfortable spot and immerse yourself in one of these summer reads (preferably in a hammock, sprawled out on the grass or at the beach under the shade of an umbrella).
You will find these books, along with all the latest releases and more at Dymocks, Kmart, Target, QBD Books
For those who love a best seller
Yellowface by Rebecca F. Kuang
“Wow! What a wild ride. I found myself completely hooked right from the very beginning. The way Kuang uncovers the complexities of the publishing industry, shedding light on the struggles and challenges faced by authors and publishers, made me feel as though I had a behind the scenes tour of the industry. The additional and thought-provoking layer of misrepresentation and cultural appropriation revealed the power dynamics and ethical issues that shape the industry, making it a book I could not put down!” Kristi, Group Marketing Manager.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“If you are a lover of Hollywood's golden era, then you will love Taylor Jenkins Reid's The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. The brisk and engaging writing style made it an easy weekend read, while the characters had the perfect mix of depth and intrigue, making the novel almost impossible to put down. A real page turner filled with twists and turns – you will want to find out about all 7 of Evelyn's husbands.” Elle, Regional Digital Manager.
For those who love Sally Rooney
If you have read Modern Lovers, Conversations with Friends or Normal People and are looking for your next hit of contemporary fiction these two books might be for you.
Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors
“This book starts with a stylish meeting between two strangers on New Year’s Eve – I became wrapped up in the witty dialogue and the dreamscape of Manhattan as their story unfolded. It tells the story of artist Cleo and her much older and overly confident partner Frank, who decide to marry only a few months after the New Year’s Eve meeting. The story highlights how a quick meet-cute can ultimately unravel a relationship and explosively affect those closest to them – it was addictive to read.” Jarrod – Regional Digital Manager.
Love & Virtue by Diana Reid
“If you love a good coming-of-age story, then you will love this heartfelt and witty read by Diana Reid. Love & Virtue is everything that is, and is not, acknowledged about being a young woman at university in Australia and while reading I found myself transported back to this own chapter in my life. To a time when my confidence radiated outward, but my inner assurance was still taking shape. A time where conversations with friends continued into the early hours of the morning. And a time when I was figuring out what it truly meant to stand on my own two feet. I really loved Reid’s refreshing take on the big topics of power, gender, and choice, it is a book you can come back to in the future and re-read.” Lucy – Regional Digital Manager
Books that have been adapted into TV shows and movies
I Feel Bad About my Neck & Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
“I love this book; it is an oldie but a goodie! Nora has provided us with some of the best rom-coms, including When Harry Met Sally but, in her book, she tackles the trials and tribulations us women are faced with – from societal norms through to how our poor necks get wrinkly and saggy; all with her signature humour and sometimes tough-love approach. If America Ferrera's monologue in Barbie spoke to you – this book is for you!” Candi - Group Marketing Manager.
Dear Dolly - Dolly Alderton
“Dolly is like the older sister that I never had! Whilst this was nothing like her first book - Everything I Know About Love, this book captures her wise and witty advice on love from her popular column with The Sunday Times Style. As it's not a novel, it's easy to pick up for advice, have a laugh, feel inspired, feel empowered and take comfort that we're not alone in our quests in love!” Trisha, Senior Marketing Manager Content.
For those looking to uncover the best Australian authors
The Bookbinder of Jericho by Pip Williams
"The protagonist, a determined young woman, navigates the complex dynamics of gender and social class in England during World War One. What started off a little slow, turned into a book that I couldn't put down. It was inspiring to read and it covered so much about the time period that it left me wanting to research more about it and read more historical fiction. It also made me realise how so many women have paved the way for us now." Maily, Regional Digital Manager.
The Riviera House by Natasha Lester
“The dual timeline of two different and seemingly unconnected women living in 1939 Paris and present-day French Riviera in The Riviera House captivated me. Natasha Lester covers the themes of living through an occupation during war, the importance of art in our culture and the beauty of vintage fashion, while intertwining themes of loss and grief across both periods. I was hooked until the end, it left me thinking about how it must have felt living during such contrasting eras. I cannot wait to read more books by Natasha Lester.” Laura – Regional Digital Manager.
Something to keep you on the edge of your seat
The Wife and the Widow by Christian White
“The Wife and the Widow is the highly anticipated second book from Aussie author Christian White. When Kate’s husband doesn't return from his London flight, she embarks on a journey to an eerie island town to find the truth. Told from two perspectives, a great deal of the book is information gathering as it builds to a brilliant plot twist with enough crumbs to leave you following the path. I found myself trying to guess the plot but as is always the case with thrillers, you never can. A well-written book, I thoroughly enjoy a slow-burn thriller and this book delivered. If you enjoyed Jane Harper’s The Dry, you will love The Wife and the Widow.” Claire – Marketing Executive.
A book for those wanting to laugh out loud
In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk
“This book took me back to my younger years reading Sophie Kinsella's light-hearted, witty romance novels. From the first chapter, I was captivated by the protagonist's journey from when she finds herself back home with her parents after a somewhat failed career move, through to how she tackles love, friendships and finding herself. I loved that this book was a feel-good escape from the world and perfect for down at the beach or by a pool.” Candi – Group Marketing Manager.
Viral on Tik Tok
Happy Place by Emily Henry
Emily Henry is fast becoming the next Colleen Hoover with her latest release, Happy Place. They say you should never date a friend but for this close-knit friendship circle, it’s never been an issue. As they embark on their annual friend vacation, Harriet and Wyn fail to mention they broke up five months ago. Not wanting to upset their friends, they spend the weekend pretending to still be in love. With a little less humour than her previous books, Happy Place was more of an emotional read with the book flipping between current and past tense to show the protagonist couple’s history. The book tackled relatable relationship issues and I loved the empowered female friendships weaved throughout. Happy Place was an enjoyable read and has remained my favourite Emily Henry book to date.” Claire – Marketing Executive.
Icebreaker by Hannah Grace
“This book is perfect for sitting in the garden on a sunny, yet breezy, spring day with a blanket and cup of tea, and who doesn’t love a college romance? Icebreaker tells the story of Anastasia (Stassie), a figure skater, and Nathan Hawkins (Nate), Captain of the hockey team, whose paths cross due to an issue with the hockey rink and the rest is history. I loved all the characters apart from Aaron, which is the idea I guess, he was perfectly written to infuriate even the calmest of people. I could not put it down!” Jelena – Marketing Manager.
For anyone looking to be more productive
Reasons Not to Worry by Brigid Delaney
“They say life’s a journey. Well, on my journey I am always looking to grow, be inspired, and become a better version of myself, for myself! I first heard of Brigid Delaney after watching the Netflix series Wellmania and finding out it was based on her memoir. I did not know much about stoicism before picking up Reasons Not to Worry, but I have always been open to welcoming a greater sense of serenity into my life. I loved the way Brigid recounted what she has learned so far and showed me how I can draw on the Stoics to regain a sense of agency, tranquillity and find meaning in life. This is the perfect modern-day introduction to stoic principles – with a hint of humour!” Twee - Regional Digital Executive.
For the lovers of mystery
Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor
“Age of Vice is an amazing book. It’s an addictive read that delves into themes of greed, loyalty, love and the difficulty of family relationships. It took me on a cultural journey through Delhi, uncovering the gang violence that haunts India and the disparity of wealth that fuels moral and political corruption.” Ally – Social Media Marketing Manager.
For more recommendations
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