With prose, biographies, comics and more all being published this season, there’s a lot to pick from – so here’s what is looking to be the cream of the crop.
1. Bitter Root: Family Business
The first book in the new Bitter Root graphic novel series throws readers from their sunny poolside deck chair into a grim and gritty 1920s New York as monster hunters save the world from an untold evil. Pick this up if you’re looking for a period piece with a difference.
2. 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently
Summer breaks aren’t typically the most productive time of the year, but you can use this little handbook by Marc and Angel Chernoff to make a number of simple but positive changes to your day-to-day routine, with topics such as “12 amazingly achievable things to do today” and “28 ways to stop complicating your life”.
3. Naturally Tan: A Memoir
Tan France, star of the beloved Netflix series Queer Eye, brings his charisma to the written word by sharing his experiences growing up as a gay man of colour in South Yorkshire. If you’re looking for a true story of happiness and acceptance, Naturally Tan is the book for you.
4. DIE: Fantasy Heartbreaker
The smaller magazine editions of this dark fantasy saga have been flying off the shelves of comic shops across Notts, but this summer, you can grab the entire first act in a single paperback volume. Fans of Stranger Things mustn’t miss the beginning of this new RPG-inspired series.
5. Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun
Thirteen years after the release of the critically-acclaimed film, director Guillermo Del Toro has teamed with bestselling author Cornelia Funke to craft a rich, imaginative tale expanding on the world of Pan’s Labyrinth. Even if you’ve not seen the movie, The Labyrinth of Faun looks to be the perfect book to lose yourself in this summer.
By Jamie Morris