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Great books for busy parents – our favourite summer reads

If the bambinos will give you a moment’s peace to pick up a page-turner this summer, these titles are at the top of our reading list.


The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

by Grady Hendrix

Great Books for Summer

Patricia is a modern day housewife living in Southern USA. She has a beautiful home, hardworking husband, teenage kids… everything is great. But then Patricia is invited to join a local book club that is transfixed on real life murders. And when James Harris, the ‘nephew’ of a recently deceased lady in her suburb turns up, her instincts tell her something is not quite right with him.

Grady Hendrix brings a mix of Drag Me to Hell with a sprinkle of humour to entertain readers from start to finish. You will be left laughing yet slightly horrified the whole way through.


The Hating Game

by Sally Thorne

the Hating Game Summer Read for Parents

Lucy and Joshua each work at a publishing house that recently decided to merge to save them both from collapse. They are given no choice but to work across from one another every day of the week. They are young, attractive and both excellent at their job. Everything seems perfect but… they absolutely hate each other. Or do they?

Follow Josh and Lucy as they attempt to coexist in their heavily charged relationship. This is a very fun and easy summer read that will pull you in with the “will-they-won’t-they” of their relationship.


The Paper Palace

by Miranda Cowley Heller

the Paper Palace Great Books for Busy People

Elle is currently 50 years old, has three beautiful children, a loving husband and a friend named Jonas. Best friends since childhood, the story centres around her relationship with Jonas and how years of their intertwined lives are changed forever changed after an event at a recent dinner party. Switching between past and present, the story aims to give context to who Elle is by dipping in and out of not only her life, but that of her mother and grandmother.

The Paper Palace is a complicated and captivating story that brings new meaning to family drama.


Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

Abandoned at a young age, Kya lives and learns from the land, closing herself off from others for most of her life, Until there comes a time where she is drawn to two young men from town. All seems well until something unthinkable happens. When one of the men is found dead, locals immediately suspect the wild barefoot beauty living in the marsh.

Where the Crawdads Sing is an unforgettable book full of beautiful, descriptive language and is the perfect combination of sorrow, romanticism and mystery.


Reviews by Tara Harrison

A married mum of three boys and avid reader, Tara Harrison has made it her mission to make sure she continued to read as a part of her self-care. Understanding that our lives are too busy to waste time on books that are not a good match for us, she now reviews and recommends those better reads via her Instagram page @thebookwellreadinc. Follow her for more reviews!

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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