Are you fed up of all the festiveness yet? You’re only ten days in! If you’re a Grinch or you are just tired of Christmas already, here’s a list of some of my favourite summer reads to get you through these cold winter months.


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

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This is one of my favourite books from this year, and it’s definitely more of a summer book to me. This is a book I would usually take on holiday for me. This is a contemporary mystery mixed with a bit of thriller and just about every other genre you can fit into one book. It keeps you guessing all of the way through about why Eleanor behaves the way she does. And, there’s not one mention of Christmas, which I think you will be glad to hear.

It’s still a good book to snuggle up with for Christmas, but it’s not festive in any way. I couldn’t imagine Eleanor Oliphant dressing up in a Christmas outfit and having some festive fun… that just wouldn’t ever happen.


Three Things About Elsie – Joanna Cannon

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Here’s another type of book that I would usually take on holiday with me, and once again it has no mention of Christmas, so it’s perfect for a Grinch at this time of the year. This is about an old woman living in a care home, and it recounts her experiences through her life – and she has been through a few quite disturbing things. And the bonus? The cover always makes me hungry!


The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella

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Are you a walking disaster like me? Then this book is perfect for you! Samantha (totally not a coincidence that we have the same name) has no idea how to look after a house when she accidentally becomes a housekeeper. This one is great for a giggle and it really had me hooked from the beginning. It makes a good pick-me-up and will definitely improve your mood if Christmas isn’t the most wonderful time of the year for you.


Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

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Is Halloween more your time of year than Christmas? Rebecca is the best spooky book you will ever find. An unnamed narrator gets married to a mysterious man who has a past that haunts him (it’s basically Jane Eyre fanfic). This is one of my all-time favourite books and is one that I think everyone should read at some point in their lives.


Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts on them?

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