Summer Reading List

June 22, 2015
summer reading list

I bet that right now you are probably daydreaming about, planning or maybe even packing for your summer holidays. Whatever the case may be, don't forget to bring along a captivating novel with you. Make sure it accompanies you everywhere: on the plane, by the pool while sipping a refreshing beverage or in the countryside.
I've put together my selection of summer reads hoping to help you out with the decision. I've chosen varied fiction and non-fiction books including a thriller, a love story, a historical novel and a biography among other things.

Inferno by Dan Brown

American author Dan Brown combines classical Italian art, history, and literature with cutting-edge science in this entertaining thriller. Once again the main character is Robert Langdon. The Harvard professor of symbology awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written, Dante Alighieri's The Inferno.

Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. "All of us face hard choices in our lives." "Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become." In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed, and the hard choices that she and her colleagues confronted. Secretary Clinton and President Obama had to decide how to repair fractured alliances, wind down two wars, and address a global financial crisis. They faced a rising competitor in China, growing threats from Iran and North Korea, and revolutions across the Middle East. Along the way, they grappled with some of the toughest dilemmas of US foreign policy, especially the decision to send Americans into harm's way, from Afghanistan to Libya to the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Author of the magnificent best-sellers The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they make their way through the twentieth century. Edge of  Eternity, the finale, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution—and rock and roll. With the Century Trilogy, Follett has guided readers through an entire era of history with a master’s touch. His unique ability to tell fascinating, brilliantly researched stories that captivate readers and keep them turning the pages is unparalleled. In this climactic and concluding saga, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

Now, if you are either Spanish or need to improve your language skills I'm going to suggest two Spanish novels.

Mision Olvido (The Heart Has Its Reasons) by Maria Dueñas
Bestselling author María Dueñas (The Time In Between/El Tiempo Entre Costuras) pours heart and soul into this story of a woman who discovers the power of second chances. A talented college professor in Madrid, Blanca Perea seems to have it all. But her world is suddenly shattered when her husband of twenty years leaves her for another woman. Questioning the life she once had and whether she truly knows herself, Blanca resolves to change her surroundings. She accepts what looks like a boring research grant in California involving an exiled Spanish writer who died decades ago. Anxious to leave her own troubled life behind, she is gradually drawn into his haunted world, with its poignant loves and unfulfilled ambitions. Evocative, lyrical, and humorous, The Heart Has Its Reasons is a journey of the soul from the pangs of the past to the vibrant present. It is a story about the thrill of creating one’s life anew.

El Tango de la Guardia Vieja by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Arturo Pérez-Reverte journeys into uncharted territories to write a sweeping story of obscure and passionate love. El tango de la Guardia Vieja follows the love story of Max, a charming hustler, accomplished ballroom dancer and elegant thief, and Mecha, a beautiful and intelligent high-society matron. In the three powerful encounters that occur during four decades in the 20th century, the author depicts an affair that evolves from the passionate bursts of youth to the melancholy of reminiscence, and the beginning of old age. The novel is also a broad and carefully documented fresco of a fading continent—the Europe of the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1960’s. The plot includes a dangerous incident in the slums of Buenos Aires; an intelligence conspiracy in inter-war period Nice with allusions to the Spanish Civil War; and a disquieting game of chess in Sorrento, played over the checkered squares of the Cold War. Love, passion, and lust come together with Pérez-Reverte’s characteristic dose of adventure.

If you have any questions or suggestions let me know on the comments below. I'll be happy to check them out :)
Cristina xo


  1. Ken Follett is always a good choice. Great list, enjoy the reading.

  2. Thank you Cristina for the list ! I was actually looking for book from Spanish authors to read in their original versions and these two seem perfect ! If you have any other recommendations I'll take them !

  3. That looks like the perfect books for a long summer holiday! :)


  4. I love reading books when I need relax, I suggest you to read the Great Gatsby!

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  6. Thank you for the tips! Khaled Hosseini definitly is on my list of authors I want to read soon :)

    Bold Bliss

  7. Great book choices, summer is definitely the best time to do some heavy duty reading:p thanks for sharing
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  8. This looks like a great selection of books! 'And the Mountains Echoed' is also on my reading list - I loved 'The Kite Runner' as Khaled Hosseini writes so beautifully, so I am really excited to start reading this :) x

    Charlotte's Road // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  9. I did read DB Inferno & KH and the mountain echoed. Love both! specially K Hoseni! Currently reading Rosie's Project! Great picks here dear...


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