These are the 10 best books to read this month

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Photo credit: Good Housekeeping
Photo credit: Good Housekeeping

Long summer days are made for lounging in the garden with a good book or two. Whether you want a page-turning thriller, a gripping historical novel or a feel-good read, we've got some great choices out this month.

Bewilderement by Richard Powers

Sometimes you know from the first pages you’re reading a special book, and this is one of them. Recently widowed Theo is raising his emotionally unstable son Robin. When Robin is expelled from school, he’s put forward for a study that allows him to channel his dead mother’s brain patterns to help him manage his emotions. A beautiful, thoughtfully written novel.

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

I was hooked on this perfectly paced thriller. After a 23-year-old man is found dead on his houseboat in London, it triggers suspicions about three women who knew him: troubled Laura, who was with him on his last night alive; Carla, his estranged aunt; and Miriam, the neighbourhood busybody.

Freckles by Cecelia Ahern

Read this for incredibly relatable heroine, Allegra Bird, who has moved from Dublin to rural Ireland to look for her mother, who left Allegra when she was a baby. This heart-lifting story about friendship and the importance of human connections is full of Ahern’s trademark warmth and wit.

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

The author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers is back with another thriller that’s the perfect mix of edge-of-your-seat plotting, well-crafted characters and a satisfying ending. When their mother vanishes, four siblings suspect a mysterious young woman who showed up on their parents’ doorstep five months earlier.

Loved and Missed by Susie Boyt

A grandmother kidnaps her drug-addict daughter’s baby in this bittersweet drama about how addiction affects all three generations and their relationships with one another. Boyt’s writing is perceptive and emotionally powerful.

Snow Country by Sebastian Faulks

Set during the First World War, the book opens in 1914 as young journalist Anton comes to Vienna to make his name. The story then leaps forward 19 years as Anton has a life-changing encounter with a woman named Lena, who works in a sanatorium.

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

If you liked The Thursday Murder Club, you’re in for a treat, as this sequel is even better. Set in the same luxury retirement village where murder and mayhem occur far too often, our four crime-fighting 70-somethings are on the hunt for some missing diamonds. Great fun!

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Possibly the most anticipated book of the year, this doesn’t disappoint. Two women in their late-20s, successful novelist Alice and struggling journalist Eileen, try to figure out their lives. The conversations between them range from capitalism to climate change, and it’s like eavesdropping on your smartest, funniest friends.

The Last Library by Freya Sampson

When the library where June works is threatened with closure, she’s forced to step into the limelight and let go of the things holding her back in order to save the beloved community centre. Wonderful characters, gentle humour and a sweet romance make this an endearing read.

Magpie by Elizabeth Day

Jake and Marisa’s newly-in-love bubble is burst when lodger Kate moves in and takes an unhealthy interest in their relationship. This is a psychological drama about fertility, rivalry and betrayal – with a genius twist that left me reeling.

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