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Best Summer Reads of 2020

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Summer is all about relaxing, recharging and boosting your wellbeing. And what better way to achieve that than diving into a great book. Keep reading for our 2020 summer picks:


1.Taking Up Space by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi

One of this summer’s most anticipated launches and the flagship release from UK rapper Stormzy’s #MerkyBooks, Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi’s ‘black girl bible’ is the one book you should definitely read and support this summer. As recent Cambridge graduates, the authors write from their personal experiences as minorities in the UK education system. They also share interviews from other black students, speaking directly to black girls as they write: ‘Understand that your journey is unique. Use this book as a guide. Our wish for you is that you read this and feel empowered, comforted and validated in every emotion you experience, or decision that you make.’ Taking Up Space is a real, hugely important and motivational journey that will transform your summer.


2. Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

If you’re not into fiction but want to avoid anything close to your module readings, Harari’s Sapiens is the perfect mix of both. This thrilling book recounts the story of ‘us’ – humans – exploring who and what we are, how we got to where we are and where we are going, all while steering away from the self-help genre. This exploration of our journey ‘from insignificant apes to rulers of the world’ might just be your cup of tea this summer.



3. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

A young adult romance novel which rose to fame following its Netflix adaptation, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is just as entertaining a novel as it is a movie remake. Unlike the film, the book is broken down into a three-part series, which means you can continue to follow the main character Laura Jean’s journey as well as all the boys she’s loved before.


4. This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

If you are currently a medical student, this book will make you feel understood; if you are not a medical student, this book will make you glad of that fact. Inspired by the 2016 junior doctor strike, comedic writer Adam Kay exposes his diaries from his six years of being a junior doctor, taking his reader through several hilarious, scary and upsetting moments he and many junior doctors lived through while working for the NHS.


5. No One is Too Small To Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg has taken the world by storm recently, kick starting a worldwide movement towards climate change. Her inspiring speeches at the UN and mass protests have made history, awarding Thunberg a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for her activism. This book is a collection of her key speeches, and is certain to inspire you to make more sustainable choices this summer and beyond.



6. Becoming by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama was not only First Lady of the United States - she was also the first African-American woman to hold that title, and used her position to serve as a powerful advocate for women’s rights across the world. In this telling memoir, Obama writes her life story and what led her to become the empowering, successful woman that she is known to be today. This New York Times Best Seller has been described as a ‘deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same.’




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