My Hertford Library August 2023 Top Ten Reads...


Good Morning Lovelies, 

July brings the start of summer, yet it is August that really gets us all in the holiday mood! Therefore, my selection of books, which are on display in Hertford Library are perfect for lounging around the pool with. Each book is different. Many of them are gripping thrillers, yet, they also bring in some special sunshine too. Here is my top ten selection for the month of August…

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney: Inspired by the world of Agatha Christie, this killer novel is one that will keep you glued to your sunlounger this August. When the Darker family are left stranded on an island in Cornwall, they find that one of the family is a killer. But who is it? You won’t be able to put it down, turning pages again and again, until you reach the end. 

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Wimbledon may now be over, but the joy of tennis doesn’t have to be. Especially in this book by the hit author Reid, who manages to get us all trapped into how a tennis star's comeback makes an impact not only on them, but on the sport as a whole.

Icebreaker by Hannah Grace: Take to the ice and explore the world of ice hockey and cheerleading in this TikTok sensation. It will be able to cool you down one minute, before spicing up your life the next. 

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller: Trapped in two relationships, one with her husband, the other a long lost love, Elle Bishop finds that her past may be causing problems for her future. On a trip to her family holiday home, the revelations behind each one start to be spilled and soon everything is tested. Find out why as you turn each page.

Book Readers by Emily Henry: When an author and an editor are put to the test to try to relax but also enjoy the pages that they possess, the words start to flow off the page, as they fall for each other. However, it isn’t all smooth sailing, making for a funny and hooking book. 

The Maid by Nita Prose: Do you ever wonder about the lives of those who help you day to day? Leading lady Molly is a maid in a very fancy hotel. Keeping her head focused on her work, she doesn’t let anything bother her. Until she finds a very regal figure dead in his bed. Soon she is searching the hotel to find the clues she needs to solve the crime. Even if it puts her in danger too. 

The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer: Known more for being a comedian than an author, Mortimer is showing readers all over the world that he can really put pen to paper and make something incredible. Following a hard working man, who finds himself searching for his best friend, the story sees him discover the love of her life, even though he doesn’t know her name. Yet, she isn’t truly being open and when his best friend goes missing, he soon has to find her to help him uncover what happened to him. Twist after twist is ensured in this read. 

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman: Back for a second season on Prime Video, this book is a little inside into what to expect as the devilish and angelic characters come back. If you have already seen the show than you will enjoy this even more, due to being able to discover more about their story before you have seen it. 

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: The hit film was inspired by this summer filled adventure that will have you laughing your way through the wedding season this August. When a couple are put to the test by friends and family, whilst exploring the local cultures surrounding them, they discover that money can’t really buy happiness. Just super big fancy weddings!

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: If you like fantasy books mixed with teen angst then this is one for you. Now a full series, this is the first in the collection. Giving off Hunger Games and Game of Thrones inspired content, you will fully embrace the world of the Reds and Silvers, as they battle it out, from the first page. 

TOP BOOK OF THE MONTH - Talking at Night by Claire Daverley: After meeting as teenagers, Will and Rosie discover that they are complete opposites. However, this is exactly what makes them work. Spending years together falling for each other, their relationship is soon tested when tragedy strikes and they are forced apart. Yet, as the years go on, they always find a way back to each other. Sad, romantic and gripping, this is the book you have to read this month! 

What are you currently borrowing from your local library? Will you be heading to Hertford Library to see the new selection? Let me know! 

Joey X

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