Books For When The Temperature Rises

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After a sultry weekend in London and with the promise of further soaring temperatures on the way, my thoughts have turned to those books that cause my skin to tingle as the heat of the summer sun seeps through the pages

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


 The stifled relationship between Gatsby and Daisy peaks when the heat of New York is at its most oppressive.

“It’s so hot and everything is so confused”

Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler


A beach side holiday in small town America.  Sand, sunscreen and sandwiches and an unexpected turn of events.

“Why wasn’t there an etiquette book for runaway wives”

 Swimming Home by Deb0rah Levy


  The searing heat of Southern France is the back drop for this tense novel of mental instability and fractured relationships

“Her forehead looked as if she had pressed it against a hot iron.  She was a redhead and the sun had been brutal to her pale skin”

 The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall

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A coming of age story set in the beauty of Hungarian countryside at the height of the scorching summer temperatures

“You’ve a whole other world here, Erzi. And every summer, the sun won’t shine until you come. Not for us.”



  1. July 15, 2014 / 6:19 pm

    I just saw Gatsby as a movie and I haven’t read it since high school. Maybe due to these summer temperatures I need to reread that next. : ) Thanks for the recommendations.

    • July 16, 2014 / 9:45 am

      I really recommend it Cassie. It’s my ‘go to’ re-read. Hope you enjoy it second time around

  2. July 24, 2014 / 12:34 pm

    I really enjoyed ‘The Book of Summers’, in fact you’ve prompted me to dig it out for a 2nd read!

    • July 25, 2014 / 9:05 am

      Enjoy it second time around Susan! It was one of my favourite books of last year. Have you read Emylia Halls latest ‘A Heart Bent Out of Shape’? Its on my reading list for this summer.

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