My Summer 2019 Reading List

Summer 2019 Reading List

Which books are you planning to take along with you on your summer holidays, this year? I’m hoping to work my way through the following novels and memoirs, over the coming months…

I Miss You When I Blink: Dispatches from a Relatively Ordinary Life by Mary Laura Philpott

“Mary Laura Philpott thought she had it all: job, spouse, house, babies, but instead of feeling content and successful, she felt anxious and lost.” I love a good book of essays, and this collection which centres around the pressures of adult life looks like it will be both touching and funny. I also think it has a gorgeous cover!

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

To date, I haven’t read any of Haruki Murakami’s work. And that’s something I plan to rectify, this summer. Top of my list is Murakami’s 1987 novel Norwegian Wood, which tells the story of a young man’s first “hopeless, and heroic” love. Is this the best book to start with? Or should I try some of his other novels first?

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Home Fire won The Women’s Prize for Fiction, in 2018, and it’s a novel that I feel both excited and obliged to read. But, as of yet, I haven’t got around to it. It’s a modern re-working of Sophocles’ Ancient Greek tragedy Antigone. And it was in every newspaper’s “Best Books of 2017” list, so is sure to be incredible!

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams

I met the lovely Laura Jane Williams last summer, when she was in the process of writing her debut novel. And I’m SO excited to finally be able to read it! Our Stop is a romantic comedy about missed-connections. Nadia and Daniel get on the same commuter train, every morning, and have a series of romantic near-misses. But will they ever get together?

The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora

As soon as I read the description for this thriller, I knew it had to go on my summer reading list. “An electrifying debut novel of two women’s friendship, a haunting obsession and twisted ambition, set against the feverish backdrop of contemporary Hollywood.” It sounds good, doesn’t it?!

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: Life From Both Sides of the Couch by Lori Gottlieb

The Examined Life is one of my favourite books, and I always enjoy reading about psychotherapy. So I can’t wait to dig into therapist Lori Gottlieb’s memoir. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone weaves stories of Gottlieb’s own clients together with personal accounts from her own therapy sessions. It’s received amazing reviews, and I cannot wait to pick up a copy!

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life has been sitting at the top of my pile of unread books since April. But, because it is absolutely ginormous, I keep putting it off. I read quickly, but A Little Life is sure to take me at least two weeks. The “heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance” is sure to be worth it, as it’s an international bestseller. I just need to bite the bullet, and get on with it…

Star-Crossed by Minnie Drake

Another romance novel, to lighten the load… Star-Crossed sounds right up my street! The synopsis reads, “Justine works at the Alexandria Park Star – and Nick relies on the magazine’s astrology column to guide him in life. Looking for a way to get Nick’s attention, Justine has the idea of making a few small alterations to the horoscope for Aquarius before it goes to print.”

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro

I’ve been waiting to read Dani Shapiro’s latest memoir, Inheritance, for months (it came out in the US in January). In 2016 Shapiro submitted her DNA to a genealogy website, on a whim. And when the results came back she was shocked to discover the man who had raised her was not her biological father. This memoir tells the story of the events that followed.

Remember, you can keep track of what I’m reading (and plan to read next), by subscribing to the Coco’s Tea Party Book Club newsletter. And you can also follow me on Goodreads.

And, I’d love to know… What’s on your summer 2019 reading list?

P.S. 7 celebrity memoirs I want to read in 2019


  1. Michelle says:

    Norwegian Wood was my first Murakami novel and it led me to realise he’s my favourite author by far, so I hope you’ll love it as much as I did! 1Q84 is a great one too.

  2. M says:

    I read Home Fire back when it came out. I knew nothign about it, just like the cover when I saw it on the Express Reads shelf at my library.
    It is a very compelling and powerful read. I didn’t know it was a reworking of Shakespeare, I don’t know that Shakespeare story either.
    But I hope you enjoy it, it is a wonderful book.

  3. Alice says:

    A Little Life is one of my favourite books. I literally read it in 24 hours on holiday- I just couldn’t stop!! It’s a hard book though- deals with really difficult topics and a lot of my friends have found it just too miserable/ dark, so go easy with it…!

  4. Lorretta Jones says:

    Home Fire is brilliant, easily the best book I’ve read in a while!
    And especially for UK-based people, you will wonder whether Shamsie has a crystal ball….
    I’m currently reading her new book Dark Shadows which is good.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.