Summer 20' Reading Recommendations

We are big readers at Winter’s Moon and something new we want to introduce on here is a Seasonal List of Reading Recommendations. Books that we’ve enjoyed recently or are looking forward to getting stuck into over the coming months.

We’ve just tipped over into July and it’s that time of year when the evenings are long and reading a good book in the garden is a really rather nice thing to do. Though as I type it is a little rainy and windy. But let’s pretend our British Summers never fail to deliver and you fancy spending some time soaking up the sun and getting stuck into a great story. These recommendations will hopefully help you achieve just that. Oh and don’t forget the glass of something cold and refreshing to go with it.

 

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

One of our favourite recent reads, a beautifully written tale of a brother and sister over five decades. It is a story about family and the delicacy of those relationships closest to us. It questions what ‘family’ really means and how a house can hold so much emotional significance for us. A really easy, well written story to enjoy. Oh and Tom Hanks narrates the audiobook.

 

The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett

This is in a incredible book. A truly refreshing voice and story. This story charts the lives of two twin sisters after running away from home. Their radically different life decisions, one to adopt a different racial identity for a better life and the other to return home after her relationship turns abusive sets off a chain of consequences filtering through to the next generation. A unique and original book.

 

Small Island, Andrea Levy

If you are a fan of historical fiction set in post war London then we thoroughly recommend this brilliant novel. A vivid and human account of the experiences of the Windrush generation. Levy’s characterisation is unparalleled and you’ll be wanting to seek out the BBC adaptation after reading to bring it all to life. 

 

The Heart’s Invisible Furies, John Boyne

Last but in no way least is this incredible epic novel following the life of Cyril Avery, an adopted young man coming to terms with his sexual identity set against the background of 1940’s Ireland. One of my favourite books of all time, it is an emotional rollercoaster and a masterpiece. This one will leave you with warm fuzzy feelings.

Happy Reading!

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