In the heat (if you’re lucky enough to actually get some) it can be fun to read escapist fiction and whisk yourself away to some distant land.
Many of my friends are taking away cheap, trashy romance novels, or books about travel when they go away on holiday.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a bit different but still as enjoyable, you could spook yourself and take a thrilling trip into the dark underworld with some great crime fiction.
In the summer, when we’re lucky and get some nice weather, which isn’t mad often because I live in the UK, I’m a big fan of grabbing the latest thriller and settling down for a read. After all, thrillers and detective novels are as escapist and, in many cases, as easy to read as most trashy romance novels, but many also incorporate really good writing techniques in as well.
Therefore, you can easily get through a good thriller and still be reading something well crafted and creative, rather than one of those awful cheap romances everyone seems to take to the beach.
August and the summer months are also a great time in the world of book buying, with many authors bringing out exciting new titles. Ian Rankin, Peter May and, everyone’s favourite, Stephen King, all have new releases out this summer, and as such there’s something new for everyone to try.
There are also some ace new thrillers and true life crime books out there right now, including Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, which is a really gripping book for fans of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.
In all, thrillers and crime fiction books are a great way to go if you want something interesting, gripping but easy to escape into this summer. While you’re away lounging on a beach you can lose yourself in the latest murder case and let your imagination run free.