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Now that the summer is here we thought it was about time we rounded up the books we're most excited to be sinking our teeth into.

So whether you are heading off somewhere warm and exotic or just planning on spending your holiday sunbathing on the living room floor, find yourself a quiet spot and some sort of drink with a cocktail umbrella in. You're gonna need it.

Saving June - Hannah Harrington

Sugarcape summer reads - Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Harper's older sister, June, took her own life a week before her high school graduation. She didn't leave a note so when her divorcing parents decide to split up June's ashes, Harper steals the urn and takes off cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going—California.

We say: Hands down the perfect summer read - it's got everything from a pacy, punch story to tears, tantrums and of course some fit boys thrown in.

Perfect for: Long journeys in the car where you can wind down the windows and sing your lungs out.

Snow White and the Huntsman - Lily Blake

Written in conjunction with the movie of the same name, we are loving how the two stories are completely intertwined. A re-telling of the classic fairytale, it's got a bad ass twist that is perfect to get you feeling ready for some butt-kicking action.

We say: Oh come on, if you don't want to relive the story that was the backdrop to the Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders dalliance, we're not sure we can be pals any more.

Perfect for: Living out your guilty pleasures while actually sinking your teeth into a darn good story.


The Circle - Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg

Sugarcape summer reads - The Circle

One night, when a strange red moon fills the sky, six school girls find themselves in an abandoned theme park, drawn there by a mysterious force. A student has just been found dead. Everyone suspects suicide. Everyone - except them.

We say: Witches are the new black. This is the first in a best-selling Swedish trilogy and it's one you will not want to miss out on.

Perfect for: An epic holiday read, it's got a fantastical, interwoven narrative that is just what you need to take you all the from the airport departure lounge to a shady spot beside the pool.


Cosmopolis - Don DeLillo

Not your average 28-year old, Eric Packer is a billionaire whose world takes a mere limousine ride across Manhattan to fall apart completely. Expect oodles of sex and violence, plus a film adaptation starring Robert Pattinson is just around the corner..

We say: Not the easiest of reads but it's worth a crack just for the brain ache induced by R-Patz in all sorts of comprimising positions.

Perfect for: It'll make you feel clever while impressing your pals and English teach alike. Hello Brownie points.

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