Top books to read this September

-Sep 9, Jenny Paul , Living -

Relaxing in bed with a fantastic book is pretty close to paradise for us here at Lumity. There’s nothing like chilling out with a good novel to lose yourself in. No more rushing around – just quality time with your brand new read. Picking a late summer read can seem like a complete minefield. We’ve found six brilliant books for you to enjoy this September, from good old romantic novels to ace crime stories and intriguing murder mysteries.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

The novel Big Little Lieswas a huge hit worldwide, and now the same author brings us Nine Perfect Strangers. The story focuses on – you’ve guessed it – nine apparently perfect strangers who leave their city lives for a luxury retreat on an island paradise. It’s all hot stone massages and meditation until the tale takes a dark twist. The resort manager has an agenda of her own…

Never Greener by Ruth Jones

Gavin and Stacey star Ruth Jones has a stonker of a novel for us this summer. We love her humour so it’s a must-read. The plot centres around twenty-two year old Kate who once had a steamy affair with married man Callum. Fast forward 17 years and actress Kate is married to Matt with a little girl Tallulah. Callum has married Belinda and lives in Edinburgh with their children. You know what’s going to happen. Kate and Callum meet again – but what should they do? Walk away or rekindle the magic? Anyone who’s ever seen the movie Before Sunset will fall for this story.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

This highly acclaimed novel has topped the Sunday Times book list, won countless awards and is currently being adapted into a drama for BBC One. The Guardian called it ‘The literary phenomenon of the decade’. With that in mind, delve into the world of Connell and Marianne who go to school together in west Ireland. One is popular, the other not, so you wouldn’t imagine they’d get on, except they do and their relationship blossoms in their teenage years. Follow the pair through college and discover if their love survives tumultuous times.

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker 

Actress Reese Witherspoon just recommended this book on her Instagram, and her online book club has quite the following. In a nod to the Me Too movement, the novel centres around four women whose boss, Ames, is looking to become head of the company Truviv Inc following the death of the current CEO. Trouble is, Ames’ behaviour around women is more than suspect and often whispered about. The women decide that time’s up for their boss and, as they act on the whispers, the four see their lives change dramatically.

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

One of six novels selected by the Richard and Judy Book Club, Something in the Water is the ideal crime read for your summer break. The story sees documentary filmmaker Erin and gorgeous investment banker Mark embark on their dream honeymoon to the island of Bora Bora, after Mark loses his job. Everything changes when they discover a something in the water while out on a scuba dive. They keep their find a secret but danger isn’t far away.

Related: Top author Carol Drinkwater’s top five relaxing books

I’ll never tell by Catherine Mackenzie

If you like a good murder mystery tale, this one’s for you. Twenty years ago, Amanda Holmes was found dead in a rowboat at Camp Macaw, owned by the MacAllister family. The MacAllister sisters have returned to the camp to read their parents’ will after they die suddenly – but the will delivers a shock to the siblings. Before they agree on a course of action for the property’s future, the group must solve the mystery of who murdered Amanda. It could be any of them. A brilliant whodunit.

Pre-order the bold new novel So Lucky from Dawn O’Porter, the bestselling author of The Cows.

We can’t wait to get our hands on Dawn O’Porter’s latest novel So Lucky, which is available to pre-order now. It has been described as, ‘A total joy’ by Matt Haig and Sara Pascoe said it is, ‘Compulsively gripping and taps into the shame and self-hatred we *all* battle with. It is also very, very funny.’

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