Booktopia x The Whitsundays: Book recommendations for your summer reading

by |January 9, 2024
Image courtesy of Whitsundays Tourism

As the sun extends its warm embrace and lazy afternoons beckon, there’s no better time to embark on a literary adventure to help you relax. Soak up the Aussie summer sun while indulging in a book or two – or more if you can escape for long enough – or more if you can escape for long enough! Immerse yourselves in stories designed to whisk you away to far-off places, introduce you to intriguing characters and immerse you in the magic of the written word.

Booktopia has partnered with our friends at Tourism Whitsundays to share some book recommendations across a variety of genres to keep you entertained all summer long.

Reading recommendations for those long summer days!

Summer is the perfect season to let your imagination soar. Whether you’re seeking an exhilarating escape, a heartwarming romance, or a thought-provoking journey, our handpicked selection promises to cater to every literary palate. Get ready to lose yourself in the art of storytelling.

Green Dot
by Madeleine Gray

Green Dot will make you want to scream but in the best possible way a novel can. It’s also acutely funny in a way that never relents.” — Ben Hunter, Fiction Category Manager

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The Drowning
by Bryan Brown

After the runaway success of Sweet Jimmy, Bryan Brown’s distinctive storytelling voice continues in this unflinching, gripping novel. The body of a local teenage boy is found on the beach of a sleepy northern New South Wales town. David went for an evening swim and got into trouble . . . at least, that’s what it looks like. Perfect for those looking for a gripping mystery to keep them company at the beach.

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Love, Just In
by Natalie Murray

In the vein of Emily Henry’s You and Me On Vacation, Love, Just In is a friends-to-lovers romance with just enough spice to heat up the summer.

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Good Material
by Dolly Alderton

From the bestselling author of Ghosts and Everything I Know About Love – a sharply funny, beautifully observed and exquisitely relatable story of heartbreak and friendship, and how to survive both.

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The Year of the Locust by Terry Hayes

The hotly anticipated second novel from Terry Hayes, author of the internationally bestselling I am Pilgrim. Perfect for those long days relaxing by the pool while the kids play.

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Love Me Do by Lindsey Kelk

She’s written the perfect romance . . . for someone else. Greetings card copywriter Phoebe Chapman knows a good romantic line or two – and it makes her a fantastic Cupid. So when she lands in the Hollywood Hills – a place that proves film stars, golden beaches and secret waterfalls don’t just exist in the movies – she can’t resist playing matchmaker for her handsome neighbour, carpenter Ren.

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Imagine yourself with a great book in one hand and your favourite summer beverage in the other. Whether you’re lounging on the white sands of The Whitsundays, or relaxing by the pool, let our summer reads be the inspiration for your holidays. Sip, read, and let the words transport you to another world.

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Kass is Booktopia's resident Comms and Social Media Specialist. She spends her day scrolling TikTok, picking up the latest trends, and posting content. When she isn't on social media, you can find her on BookTok, reading the latest contemporary romance, or playing with her dog, Leia.


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