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The books to read this summer

Did you hear that Bear Grylls is writing a series of thrillers? I read a lot, particularly thrillers, and while Bear Grylls is undoubtedly a clever man, I just can’t imagine his novels standing up against big names like John Grisham and Robert Ludlam. In saying that, he’s not really doing it alone. Grylls has apparently been given a £1 million contract to collaborate with novelist Damien Lewis to produce the thrillers. So he’s in fairly good hands.

I’ve always wanted to write a book myself actually, so perhaps theirs a bang of jealousy involved in my negative thoughts on Bear Grylls’ yet-to-be-written books. I don’t know if I’d be able to manage a thriller though. Well any genre really, but thrillers in particular. I really admire how cleverly the great ones can weave a plot line together full of twists and turns. You’d think they’d run out of unexpected plot lines at some point!

I’m a big reader. Every day I make sure I find a bit of time to sit down with a good book and just get lost in it for a while. Well, more than one usually; I’ve always got more than one of the go. I’ve just finished my last one actually, and now looking for a new one to get started on. Here are a few that are apparently worth a read:

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

This is his debut novel, and since it was released, it has received an incredible amount of hype. It has even been compared to books written by Roth, Franzen and Bellow. They’re some rather big names to live up to. What I know is, the book has sold over two million copies and has won three French literary awards. It’s about a man who is trying to write his second novel, but after reaching a standstill he goes to see his old writing professor, when soon afterwards a body is discovered on his property.

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