If you are in search of your next holiday read, beach book or summer romance (without having to go on a date), we have rounded up must read books that belong on your TBR (to be read) list. They are some of 2022's most anticipated releases, all time best sellers and absolute page turners. These novels will take you on a journey to other places, times, lifestyles and feelings. So, get ready to cancel all plans for the foreseeable future as your read through these 5 epic books.


#1 It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover

As a long awaited sequel to the New York Times best seller, It Ends With Us, Colleen Hoover drops It Starts With Us, which tells the fairy tale of Lily and Atlas and how fate and circumstances eventually worked in their favour and brought these two lovers together again. The story will take you on an emotional roller coaster of feelings with moments of intensity and moments of complete happiness. But in the end does love win?


#2 Love Stories by Trent Dalton

This non-fiction is one of the best books of 2022, author, Trent Dalton sat on a busy Brisbane street with a fold-out table, camp chair and typewriter. There, he invited strangers walking along the street to share their love stories. People shared stories of love, loss, hope, adventure and love of all types, romantic, familial, friendship, community. This book is a collection of those peoples’ stories, a true treasure. It is heartwarming and heartbreaking but it is a simple reminder that love is all around us.


#3 Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise and fall of an iconic 1970's rock group. Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but no one knows the real reason why they fell apart. It is a beautiful story full of broken people encompassed by fame, love and joy, but hindered by heartbreak, partying and the pain that comes with the lifestyle. It is the epitome of “sex, drugs & rock’n’roll”.


#4 Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

This rom com is wholesome, cosy and fun, maybe even a palette cleanser between more heavy books. It's lighthearted and the perfect amount of cheesiness. The story is about twenty-something year old Ruthie who has worked at the front desk of a retirement village for six years and finds herself relating a lot to her ninety-something year old residents. She doesn’t lead a very exciting life… until tattoo covered, motorbike riding Teddy walks in one day. He takes her out of her comfort zone and reminds her that life is meant to be lived.


#5 Heartstrong by Ellidy Pullin

A powerful, moving memoir on love, loss, family and hope, a reminder to live in the present and to appreciate just how precious life truly is. This true story takes you on the journey of Ellidy's world collapsing as she received the worst news, that her lover, Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin had died out at sea. And so did the life they had built and the dream of the child they had been trying for. In the hours that followed a suggestion was made, did Ellidy want to harvest Chumpy's sperm and try for the baby they both wanted so deeply? She had to decide quickly and so she did, because 'if not with you, then for you'.


Now sit back, relax and enjoy the journey these must read books take you on and share with us on Instagram, @sunnnylifeaustralia which novel was your favourite. Happy reading!