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Open2Study's top tips for summer reading!

Created on Wed, 29/11/2017 - 11:41 by Peta Brady, Open2Study blog writer 


Who doesn’t love getting lost in a good book? Especially over summer, when the days are long and holidays are in full swing. No matter what your favourite genre may be, we’ve got you covered with these top picks for your 2017/18 summer reading list.

The Ready‐Made Thief by Augustus Rose


Lee Cuddy is seventeen years old and on the run. Betrayed by her family after taking the fall for a friend, Lee finds refuge in a cooperative of runaways holed up in an abandoned building they call the Crystal Castle. But the facade of the Castle conceals a far more sinister agenda, one hatched by a society of fanatical men set on decoding a series of powerful secrets hidden in plain sight.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 

Contemporary Fiction 

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz Contemporary


A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, Oscar is sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and keeps falling hopelessly in love.

The New Urban Crisis, Richard Florida

Social Commentary

Richard Florida, one of the first scholars to anticipate this back‐to‐the‐city movement in his groundbreaking The Rise of the Creative Class, demonstrates how the same forcesthat power the growth of the world'ssuperstar cities also generate their vexing challenges: gentrification, unaffordability, segregation, and inequality.

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

Contemporary Fiction

Denver, 1962: Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, Frieda, and enjoys complete control over her day‐ to‐day existence. She can come and go as she pleases, answering to no one. There was a man once, a doctor named Kevin, but it didn't quite work out the way Kitty had hoped.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Contemporary Fiction

To fellow mothers at the school gate, Bernadette is a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15‐year‐old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Teen Romance / Family

Theodore Finch isfascinated by death, and constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of hersister's recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Contemporary Fiction

Latin terrorists storm an international gathering hosted by an underprivileged country to promote foreign interest and trade, only to find that their intended target, the President, has stayed home to watch his favourite soap opera on TV.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Contemporary Fiction

An epic of contemporary love and marriage, comically and tragically capturing the temptations and burdens of liberty.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Motivation & Self‐Esteem

The Happiness Project describes one person's year‐long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley


On a foggy summer night, 11 people depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs — the painter — and a four‐year‐old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.


Peta BradyThis post is by Open2Study's blog writer, Peta Brady.

Peta Brady is a freelance copywriter, editor, social media enthusiast, and general grammar pest. She loves writing scribbles and correcting errors, as well as changing her hair colour every five minutes and eating all the foods in Melbourne.

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Thank you Peta, I am getting in touch with our Library now to get 3 out on the readings you recommended. If they are not there, I will hunt it in the bookstore.

I am so looking forward to reading the top of the list. I am into Thriller books.

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