Three of our reviewers reveal their top choices for novels to read over the summer coming! Do you agree with their choices? Third and final in our line up is:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
As a huge fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories, I find this collection is the best for those empty summer’s days in which you need a quick injection of excitement and interest. Conan Doyle’s first collection of short Sherlock Holmes stories is just one of those books that I can pick up at any time, flick to a random story and let a few hours go by reading. Whether you’re a big fan of Holmes and Watson, or just in the mood for a mind-teasing, engaging story with two of the most beguiling characters in fiction this is the perfect way to bring a burst of animation to those boring summer hours.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
To me, this book is the pinnacle of all summer reads; it has always been my go to read when I’m planning a day at the beach or a picnic in the woods. Huckleberry Finn is one of the characters in fiction that has become far bigger than the novel ever did, and because of his fame, his name has become forever associated with those easy days of summer. Narrated by his own simple, rustic tones, the lively adventures of Huck as he moves down the Mississippi meeting a menagerie of characters are the perfect supplement for a lazy summer day and the perfect inspiration for your own summer adventures.
The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
A good summer book should take you somewhere far away, let your imagination run and your sense of freedom grow, and for me The Time Machine does all that. The first time I read it was on a train going on holiday and by the end of the ride I already felt as if I had travelled as far as the Time Traveller himself. It has that epic feel that you need sometimes when faced with the never-ending summer holidays. The light, fanciful story of the Eloi paired with the mystery of the Morlocks will give you a bit of adventure and change of pace, in the languid, lazy days without work.
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