Captivating summer reads for 2020 – these books are your perfect warm weather companions!

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  • Dream of lazy warm days with the woman&home team's favourite summer reads

    It’s not always easy to put time aside for ourselves and indulge in a session of guilt-free reading, but as the days get warmer and the sun lounger beckons, it feels like downing tools and spending a couple of glorious hours lost in a good book is what’s needed right now. And let’s face it, as many of us are not going on holiday any time soon, we may as well give in to that tempting TBR pile and just enjoy some satisfying summer reads.

    While we tend to think of escapist fiction as our ‘go-to’ for those long, lazy summer days, a gripping thriller or a weighty classic can be just as enticing. Racing to the end of a good whodunnit to discover, well… who done it, or experiencing how people ‘used to live’ in an epic historical tome are just as escapist. And with so many good books out in 2020, why limit yourself?

    Whether you’re a casual or avid reader, we’ve selected a book for every mood. Take yourself off to beautiful Everdene Beach in Devon with Veronica Henry where the complexities of family life play out, a wedding on a wild and remote island off the coast of Ireland with Lucy Foley or back in time to the 1500’s with Maggie O’Farrell.

    And while we may not get to necessarily lay on an unspoilt Greek island beach or park ourselves outside a café in an Italian piazza, book in hand, we can pour ourselves a long, refreshing drink, put our feet up and transport ourselves to another world in our own little haven. Be it a lounger in the garden, a blanket set up in the park or your favourite armchair in the house – make the most of this time. Summer was made for reading, after all…

    Best summer reads for 2020