13 Best Takealot Beach Reads

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Whether you like romance, mystery, adventure or drama, there’s a summer page-turner for everyone.

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Summer romance, sorted.

1. It Starts With Us – Colleen Hoover

Gender: Contemporary Romantic Fiction

Hot tips: The highly anticipated sequel to Hoover’s Sunday Times bestseller, It ends with us.

Insight: Uncover Atlas Corrigan’s past and follow Lily’s second chance at love after the two ex-lovers cross paths. Will Lily’s jealous ex-husband ruin her next chapter?

Real review from a real Takealot buyer: Like all his other books, this is another beautiful, brilliant and heartbreaking read. Colleen just has that way with words. My God, these characters and the way she weaves her stories. Simply magical! Like all CoHo books, it takes a lot of tissues. I read that in one go. –Anita

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2. One True Loves – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Gender: Romance/Comedy Fiction

Hot tips: Best-selling author Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel was named Best Book of the Summer by Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed and Bustle.

Insight: On their first wedding anniversary, Emma’s husband disappears during a helicopter flight and she then returns home to deal with the loss. Years later, when Emma meets an old friend and falls in love again, her lost husband is found… Who will she choose?

The critic’s opinion: Earthquake…you’ll fall for this epic love story. – Cosmopolitan

Real review from a real Takealot buyer: LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! This is the first book I read by Taylor Jenkins Reid and wow!! It was a fast and addictive read. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romantic tropes. I shed a few tears. – Anonymous

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3. The Love Hypothesis – Ali Hazelwood

Gender: Contemporary romantic fiction

Hot tips: This romantic comedy is Hazelwood’s debut novel and a New York Times bestseller and TikTok sensation.

Insight: Doctoral student Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting love and to prove her hypothesis enters a fake relationship with a handsome professor with a blind kiss. As things unfold (and heat up), it looks like Olive might be wrong.

The critic’s opinion: The unicorn of contemporary romance: the elusive marriage of deeply intelligent and deliciously escapist. – Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners

Real review from a real Takealot buyer: I couldn’t put this one down. Very cute, witty and charming. I would definitely recommend – Karabo

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4. Reminders of Him – Colleen Hoover

Gender: Contemporary romantic fiction

Hot tips: Colleen Hoover, affectionately referred to as CoHo by fans, is the best-selling author of numerous novels.

Insight: Kenna Rowan seeks redemption when she returns home after 5 years in prison to find her daughter. When she falls in love with the only person in town who believes in her, they both stand to lose everything if their romance is discovered. Kenna must make amends for her past in order to build a future.

Real review from a real Takealot buyer: Petition for Colleen Hoover to pay for my therapy because this book honestly sent me into emotional turmoil. – Jessy

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Summer thrills, sorted.

5. Carrie Soto is back – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Gender: Saga-fiction

Hot tips: This is the 8th novel by New York Times bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Insight: Record-breaking tennis champion Carrie Soto is attempting a comeback after her record was taken from her. Carrie’s return to the world of elite sport is a story about the price of greatness. Acclaimed British author, Holly Bourne. describes it as “The perfect, literal, beach read with the emotional depth of the ocean.”

Reviews from critics: An epic adventure about a possibly outdated female athlete, brought back to the tennis court for one last grand slam. – She

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6. All The Broken Places – John Boyne

Gender: Historical/Psychological Fiction

Hot tips: It’s the sequel to the multimillion-selling classic. The boy in the striped pajamas.

Insight: Boyne’s novel, set in 1946, explores the aftermath of war and the effects of guilt in a story about a Polish woman living in London who is forced to confront her past after a couple and their young son are installed below.

Reviews from critics: Captivating and well-rehearsed… perfectly constructed, buzzing with tension… a defense of literature’s need to shed light on the darker aspects of human nature and it does so with the skill, precision and power of a novelist. – The Guardian

Real review from a real Takealot buyer: Beautifully written, inspiring and really fun to read! – Maeve

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7. Our Missing Hearts – Celeste Ng

Hot tips: This #1 bestselling author’s book is Reese’s Book Club’s October Pick.

Insight: After receiving a mysterious letter, 12-year-old Bird sets out to find his dissident poet mother in a world ruled by fear.

The critic’s opinion: Sensational, heartbreaking… I was so invested in the future of this mother and her son, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of this suspenseful story! – Reese Witherspoon

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Summer mystery, sorted.

8. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

Gender: Coming of Age Mystery/Fiction

Hot tips: Owen’s novel is a multimillion-copy New York Times No. 1 bestseller. It was recently adapted into a 2022 film.

Insight: Kya Clark ventures out of the secluded home she built for herself in the beautiful swamps and finds herself drawn to two men from nearby North Carolina. But when Charles Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect outcast Kya, known as “the swamp girl”.

The critic’s opinion: For pure escapism, choose Where The Crawdads Sing. . . there is a writing that takes your breath away. – The temperature

Real review from a real Takealot buyer: This is the best read I’ve had this year so far. I finished the book 2 weeks ago and I’m STILL hungover. – Danielle

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9. The Fleat House Murders – Lucinda Riley

Gender: Mystery/Thriller Fiction

Hot tips: An issue of the Sunday Times. 1 bestseller, it is the late Lucinda Riley’s only crime novel and her second last published book.

Insight: When a student dies suddenly at a boarding school in Norfolk, the police call in Detective Inspector Jazz Hunter, despite the school’s principal calling it a tragic accident. As Jazz investigates, she discovers that Fleat House has more secrets than she could have imagined…

Real review from a real Takealot buyer: A book that if you had the time, you would read in one go. It was Lucinda Riley at her best. I really enjoyed it. – Nerene

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Summer wisdom, sorted.

10. The Light We Carry – Michele Obama

Michele Obama’s latest book is available for pre-order and ships on November 15.

Gender: Non-fiction autobiography

Hot tips: From best-selling memoir author and former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Insight: Michele Obama’s third book is a mix of stories and tips for strategies to keep hope and balance in today’s world. It is full of practical wisdom drawn from Michele’s own experiences and shares the practices she uses to overcome obstacles and adapt to change.

Quotation: “When we are able to recognize our own light, we become empowered to use it.” – Michele Obama.

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Summer recipes, sorted.

While these aren’t technically beach reads, we just couldn’t leave foodies empty-handed!

11. Deliciously Ella – How To Go Herbal – Ella Mills

Gender: Recipe book

Hot tips: This is the latest book from the bestselling author and founder of Deliciously EllaElla Mills.

Insight: This cookbook is a practical guide to going vegan that aims to make a plant-based diet accessible to the whole family. It’s filled with delicious recipes but also incorporates scientific research and debunks myths.

Our choices : Garlic Roasted Eggplant Stew and Rosie’s Big Green Smoothie.

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12. One: Simple One-Pan Wonders – Jamie Oliver

Gender: Recipe book

Hot tips: It’s a #1 international bestseller!

Insight: Cook your way through 120 recipes that come together in one pot with minimal prep and 8 ingredients or less. Perfect for no-frills summer meals.

The critic’s opinion: Plenty of affordable one pot dinners and desserts. – Good BBC food

Real review from a real Takealot buyer: One of the best Jamie Oliver cookbooks I have. I love how one-pot cooking saves on dishes and actually electricity or gas. simple and well-illustrated recipes. – Rosemary

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Summer boredom, sorted.

If you have a little bookworm or want to encourage your child to read so you can immerse yourself in a book, we’ve got you covered.

13. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 17 – Jeff Kinney

Gender: Humor/Children’s Fiction

Hot tips: This is volume 17 of Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from the internationally bestselling author.

Insight: When middle schooler Greg Heffley tries to help his teenage brother, Löded Diper’s band succeed, he doesn’t anticipate the realities of the rock n roll lifestyle. Can he handle the path to fame?

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