New Italian books to read this summer

New Italian books to read this summerI don’t know about you but during summer I like to read books while I’m on holiday.

I read them before breakfast, after breakfast while liying on the beach in the afternoon and also before going to sleep.

Reading is actually one of the major activities I do while I’m on holiday.

If you’re a little be like me and are searching for new Italian books to read, here are my suggestions.

1. Lena e la tempesta

Lena e la tempesta is a book by Alessia Gazzola. Gazzola wrote also a book called L’Allieva, that has been adapted as an Italian tv series.

Lena e la tempesta tells the story of Lena, a woman with a heavy secret.

After many years Lena goes back to Levura, the isle where she spent many summers when she was younger. She hasn’t set foot on the isle since the day she turned 15, since the day something terrible happened, something that is still haunting her.

But now she feels she doesn’t really have a choice. Her father has given her their holiday house as a present and since her job isn’t going too well, she’s decided to rent it.

She has planned to stay in Levura just the time to fix the house and find some tenants, but we know that plans don’t always go the way we expected…

2. Sangue Sporco

Sangue sporco is a book written by Enrica Aragona. It tells the story of the four-year-old Scilla, a child who goes to live with her family in a council house in Rome at the end of the ‘70s.

Once there, the family discovers that the area where the house is built, is a nightmare, where violence and drugs are commonplace.

But not everything is bad for Scilla, who soon becomes friend with Renata, a seven-year-old child who lives in the same building as Scilla.

Scilla and Renata will become great friends and will grow up together. However, no one can live in a downgraded area without carrying deep scars.

3. Se fosse tuo figlio

Se fosse tuo figlio is an Italian book by Nicolò Govoni. It’s about the story of Nicolò and Hammudi. Nicolò is a volunteer in a refugee camp in Samos, a place where refugees live in tents without water and light, surrounded by garbage. Hammudi is a child refugee. He escaped from the war in Siria but he’s still able to smile.

When Nicolò meets Hammudi, he soon realizes that he doesn’t want to see the child sad, so he starts to work to change things in the refugee camp.

He wants to open a school, where children can feel safe and learn, believe in their dreams, and don’t give up hope. With his help, Hammudi will start to let go the past to start to build a new future.


What are some new Italian books you’re planning to read this summer?


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