5 New Books Written by Women To Sink Your Teeth Into Beside The Pool

From gripping thrillers to funny memoirs, theres something for everyone.

Theres nothing better than reading a good book on your holidays. And even better is a good book written by inspiring female authors.

Here are our top 5 picks for summer reads released this year.

1. Motherhood by Sheila Heti

From the amazing mind of How Should a Person Be?, Sheila talks about what becomes of a woman after becoming a new mother. The narrator goes through years of her life, discussing and weighing up the reasoning whether or not to have children in her life. This thoughtful and courageous book gives insight into the decision that goes into life and leads to a punchy read.

2. Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

Released in January, Dolly’s debut novel became an instant hit and made her a Sunday Times number one bestseller. Her memoir vividly recounts her life as she learnt the ins and outs of love (sometimes rather painfully) and the moments that shaped who she is today. This honest and revealing book will leave you in stitches one minute and crying the next. For a totally relatable read, this is the book for you.

3. Sorority by Genevieve Sly Crane 

This high-end book is about, you guessed it, a sorority. It explores the rituals of female friendship inside a sorority house but is bolder and more raw than expected. There are no frills to this novel which delves into the social conformities of college life as a woman.

4. Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic

This bold and hilarious memoir chronicles the authors life from childhood to her early twenties as she travels between Yugoslavia and Australia during the Yugoslavian conflicts. Sofija’s book moves between her complicated life that she both loves and resents. The story is richly important but is equally silly and funny which makes for a quality summer read.

5. An American Marraige by Tayari Jones

A couple that are supposedly seen as the American dream fall apart after the husband is arrested and sentenced to jail for 12 years for a crime his wife knows he didn’t commit. After months of despair, she finds comfort in the arms of the best man at their wedding. What follows is a page turning tale of love and loss which offers a thrilling poolside read. Oprah also picked it as her new Book Club book!


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