The Australian summer has long been characterised by trips to the coastline, backyard or street cricket with yours and your neighbours bins in tow and lounging around in the balmy summer evenings with friends, family or a good read.
Yep. Summer is the time when many people catch up on their reading or make grand plans for the year ahead. Whether you stick to one genre or like to explore the masses, there is always something new to find that will excite, challenge or inspire. Reading connects us, grows us and can often put words to feeling or experience that we haven’t been able to articulate.
For CEO Caitlin Barrett, much of her summer reading will take place on the south coast of NSW. While The Boy Who Runs is an obvious first, the rest of her list is below:
The Trauma Cleaner – Sara Krasnostein
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Love, friendship and memory, and a reminder of the fragility of human life.
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
A brief history of human kind, from agriculture to money to science and rulers of the world.
The next person you meet in heaven – Mitch Albom
The sequel to Albom’s first book “The five people you meet in heaven”, this book explores the story of Annie. Read the first book and you will be hooked.
The Lost Man – Jane Harper
Set in the dry QLD Australian Outback, Harper will have you wishing the clock would slow.
Breath – Tim Winton
Set on the wild west coast of Australia, Breath will discover just how far one breath can take you.
Educated – Tara Weston (Bec’s sneaky addition)
Learning the power of education comes at a price for Tara.