05/01/2015 05:32 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Summer Reads 2014: Five Books Everyone's Talking About

Summer is the very best season to catch up with all the reading you promised yourself you'd do on your commute to and from work.

Whether you're taking two luscious weeks off to sit by the pool, you're planning a staycation or just a long weekend at home in the garden, now is the time to relax with a good book.

You've probably seen headlines about Caitlin Moran's new novel or overheard colleagues gossiping about Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, but if you're still not up-to-speed - we've got your back.

So here's what you need to know about the five books everyone is talking about right now...

1. How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran.
The follow-up novel to Moran's first book How To Be A Woman features 14-year-old Johanna Morrigan who lives with her large, skint, slightly un-hinged family in a council house in Wolverhampton. Half fiction, half memoir, this tale of Morrigan's journey into journalism is brilliant. Did we also mention it's set in the 1990s?

If this whole thing sounds a little familiar that's because it is. It's pretty much autobiographical. Buy a copy here.

2. For Once in My Life by Marianne Kavanagh. In her debut novel, journalist Marianne Kavanagh tells a story of boy meets girl... But wait a second, boy has never actually met girl, they just keep passing each other by.

Tess and George were at the same university, they've got plenty of friends in common, they've even been at the same parties but have never really met. A great read for the beach, Marianne will restore your faith in destiny. Get your copy here.


3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. A tragic tale of a young boy trying to come to terms with the sudden loss of his mother while facing the prospect of living with his distant and uninterested grandparents before his until-then absent father picks him up out of obscurity to live with him in Las Vegas.

The first book from Pulitzer Prize-winning Donna Tartt in 11 years will not let you down if you face a long delay in the airport this summer. Buy it here.

4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Since it's adaptation for the big screen this New York Times bestseller has been in the hands of pretty much every commuter.

Hazel has terminal cancer, with just a few years to live. But her future is completely rewritten, not by medicine but by a boy named Augustus Waters. It's popular for a reason, and if you can hold off seeing the film fist this is well worth a read. Buy a copy here.


5. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. Penned by Harry Potter novelist under her male pseudonym Robert Galbraith, J.K Rowling's latest crime drama will keep you turning pages until the early hours of the morning.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in a private detective. When Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, the plot transforms from a tale of disappearance to a desperate hunt for a dangerous killer. Grab a copy here.

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