What We’re Reading This Summer

Now that the sun is bringing smiles to Crediton High Street, at CCB our thoughts are turning to summer reads. We pay special attention to the books our customers and volunteers are enjoying to pass on ideas for others to discover and have gathered a selection of portable paperbacks that we're excited to have on our summer reading lists, perfect for holidays or simply enjoying the sunshine in the garden!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - book cover

The first in our list is the award-winning and highly acclaimed, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. This book was loved by the CCB Book Group and is a gripping and intriguing story of Eleanor as she goes about her ordinary life. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

Welcome to Lagos | Chibundu Onuzo

Chibundy Onuzo's Welcome to Lagos is another page-turner perfect for a holiday or to transport you abroad. Five runaways ride the bus from Bayelsa to a better life in a megacity. They are unlikely allies -- a private, a housewife, an officer, a militant and a young girl. They share a need for escape and a dream for the future. Soon, they will also share a burden none of them expected, but for now, the five sit quietly with their hopes, as the billboards fly past and shout: Welcome to Lagos.

The Wanderers | Tim Pears

The Wanderers by Tim Pears employs his typical beautiful descriptions of West Country landscape and gentle understated characters. The beautiful, questing second novel in Tim Pears' acclaimed West Country trilogy. Two teenagers, bound by love yet divided by fate, forge separate paths in pre-First World War Devon and Cornwall. Lonely and grieving for her exiled best friend, thirteen-year-old Lottie feels a prisoner. Her only solace is her study of the natural world around her father's estate. Grazing on berries and sleeping in copses, Leo travels alone through the wild, strange tapestry of the West Country towards Penzance. But a wanderer is never alone for long - and when the gypsy wagons rattle into view, Leo is drawn into a colourful and dangerous world far beyond his imagination.

The Aladdin Trial | Abi Silver

 For fans of the crime novel, The Aladdin Trial by Abi Silver is extremely well-written and portrays vivid characters in a challenging and topical plot. A new case for the Burton and Lamb, from the author of The Pinocchio Brief. When an elderly local artist plunges to her death at a London hospital, the police arrest a Syrian refugee for her murder. Judith Burton and Constance Lamb reunite to defend a man the media has already convicted.

Day of the Caesars | Simon Scarrow

Day of the Caesars

From crime in the modern day, to the power struggles of AD 54, Day of the Caesars will suit lovers of historical fiction. Prefect Cato and Centurion Marco want a simple army life, but it's AD 54 and the Emperor Claudius is dead. As Nero takes over, his half-brother Britannicus also has a claim to the throne, and a power struggle begins. Cato and Marco find themselves caught up in the intrigue, in this latest in the Eagles of the Empire series.

I Am, I Am, I Am | Maggie O'Farrell

'I am I am I am' book cover

Moving from historical novels to memoirs, Maggie O'Farrell's I Am I Am I Am is one not to miss. I Am, I Am, I Am is insightful, inspirational, and beautifully written. It is a book that can be read at a sitting, a story you finish newly conscious of life's fragility. A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. This is a thought provoking and well constructed book that won't disappoint.

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams | Matthew Walker

Why We Sleep is a thorough, fascinating and enlightening look into what makes human's function. Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in twenty-first-century society. In this book, the first of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. Looking at creatures from across the animal kingdom as well as major human studies, it delves into everything from what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime, transforming our appreciation of the extraordinary phenomenon that safeguards our existence.

What books are on your 2018 Summer Reading List? We'd love to hear about them. Let us know @CredBooks using #CCBSummer.