Today is the 21st of July 2017 and tomorrow I’ll be lounging around in the sun on a beach in Menorca. I’ve given quite a bit of thought into the books I’ll be bringing along this year, because I have a horrendously long TBR and I know from experience I don’t ever get that much reading done on holidays (I tend to sleep a lot instead).
Summer is an important season for me- its the only time of the year I’ll read contemporaries. It’s weird, but I let all my contemporary reads build up throughout the rest of the year- even the ones I’m really excited about- and then read them all during the summer months. Basically I’m saying I have a LOAD of contemporaries to get through- more then I’ll be able to read in two weeks, but I’ll be giving it my best shot anyway!
Let’s start with books I’ll be physically bringing along with me:
Once and For all by Sarah Dessen
As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.
Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.
Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.
I’ve been so excited about this book since I first read the synopsis back in the new year. It sounds like such a bubbly fun book PLUS all I wanted growing up was to become a wedding planner. I’m actually still studying for a degree in Event Management, mostly because I loved the idea of wedding planning so much. I’m sure this is going to be insightful and lighthearted, and I adore the pastel cover. Win all around!
Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
Uni beckons. Phoebe can’t wait to be a fresher – especially since her crush from school will be there too. She’ll be totally different at Uni: cooler, prettier, smarter … the perfect potential girlfriend. She’ll reinvent herself completely. But Luke’s oblivious, still reeling from the fallout of the break-up with his ex. Thrown head first into a world of new friends, parties and social media disasters – can Phoebe and Luke survive the year, let alone find each other?
This book releases in the UK on August 3rd, so you don’t have that long to wait to get your hands on a copy! I love the bright cover illustration, and it sounds perfect for a summer holiday read! It’s also a plus that it sounds like the kind of book my sister would also enjoy, so we can book swap once I’m done!
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
GUYS I AM SO PUMPED TO FINALLY READ THIS BOOK! I’ve had it for a while now, and I’ve been waiting to have the time to dedicate myself to reading it- and that time IS NOW. I am super excited about lounging around with this book, I’ve only heard great things!
And then the other books I will be reading on kindle if I have the time;
The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee—Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.
Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.
I’ve been wanting to read this for what feels like forever- but alas the hardback is still too expensive for me to justify on amazon at the moment. But I have allowed myself to entertain the thought of buying the kindle edition whilst I’m away to tide me over…
Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren
I’m a bit hit or miss with Christina Lauren’s books, I have really liked some and found others to be a bit boring- but sometimes a bit of mindless romance is perfect for summer holiday reads. I’ve been looking forward to this books release for a while, I’m quite a fan of the hate to love troupe, so I’ll definitely give this a try when I get a chance.
And last- the books my sister will be bringing with her;
I’ve never really talked about my younger sister’s reading habits, but she’s bringing along some interesting books this year, so here we go!
Here we are now by Jasmine Warga
From the author of MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES comes a beautiful, funny and heartfelt novel of music, family, and friendship. Perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson, Rainbow Rowell and Sarah Dessen.’Kinetic and beautiful and unexpectedly life-affirming’ – Chris Lynch on My Heart and Other Black HolesDespite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because it turns out Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father . . . When Julian asks her to go with him to his hometown to meet the family she has never known, Taliah embarks on a three-day voyage of discovery – of her father, of the past her mother has never shared with her, and of herself.
This book was kindly sent to me by Hodder and releases on the 16th of November in the UK. It’s definitely the kind of book I can see my sister- Ciara- enjoying a lot so I can’t wait to see what she thinks of it!
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
We all know what this one is about. I’ve already written a very long post about how though it remains one of my favorite contemporaries , it’s also very damaging. If you want to read that then here it is.
I’m really looking forward to being able to discuss this book fully with Ciara once she’s finished it, and I can see it being a good summer read.
So thats it! I’ll be updating my progress on goodreads and instagram as I go on, if you want to follow me!
(though I will not apologize for all the holiday snaps soon to come!)