Summer holiday reading recommendations

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Me and books have an odd relationship, one month I read constantly and get through a number of books, other months I do not pick up a book for weeks. It is something I am working on, especially when I find myself using train commutes for aimlessly scrolling through social media instead of reading, however just recently because of social media I was introduced to a wonderful new world of booktubers, such as Books and Quills  and Bookish Thoughts , now currently I am in the mood where I just want to squeeze all of the books into my free time.

Although I am not going on a lazy beach holiday this year, where I have been known to get through four books in a week, I do have a very long haul flight, when I am not sleeping I much prefer to get into a good book than watch a movie to pass the time. Alongside a gripping crime book I am not ashamed to say I love a good YA book and find they are the perfect way to settle yourself back into reading again. So I thought I would share with you some books to add to your summer holiday reading list, some I have read and some that have been recommended to me to add to my own list.

 Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold 

Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but the adults don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.
Dr Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr…
When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round?

–  I haven’t read this yet or have I read ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ but I have seen ‘Ten Things I Hate About You’ many times, and this sounds like another fun rewrite of the Shakespeare classic.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and TwoIt was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

– I am Harry Potter fangirl , I have no doubt I will be obsessed with the next instalment of the series so much so I am going to the London midnight launch at the end of  this month!

The Rosie Project
Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he’s feeling?

– I read this when I was on holiday in the Dominican Republic, some one handed it to me as I was raiding the hotel bookshelf and I am so glad they did as I could not put it down, I think I read it in around two days. A complete heart warming story.

Destination Thailand (The Lonely Hearts Travel Club)
Instead of slipping on her something borrowed and tripping up the aisle to wedded bliss, Georgia spends her big day wondering where it all went wrong.Forced to make a bucket list of her new life goals by best friend Marie, it’s not long before travel-virgin Georgia’s packing her bags for a long-haul trip to Thailand.
Yet, Georgia’s big adventure doesn’t seem to be going to plan. From strange sights, smells and falling for every rookie traveller scam in the book, Georgia has never felt more alone. But the good thing about falling apart is that you can put yourself back together any way you please. And new Georgia might just be someone she can finally be proud of.

– Written by Katy Colins of Not Wed or Dead , this lady is just awesome and watching her dreams come true via her blog really makes me smile, part two Destination India  is available now as well. A light hearted and humorous easy read for fans of the Bridget Jones series.

The Girls
California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her life….
‘This book will break your heart and blow your mind.’ Lena Dunham

– I cannot wait to finish my current book so I can start ‘The Girls’, the book is loosely based around the Charles Manson cult group so it I expect it to be quite a dark, heavy read but as a big fan of thrillers I am sure I will be gripped.

Still Alice
Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a renowned expert in linguistics, with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow forgetful and disoriented, she dismisses it for as long as she can until a tragic diagnosis changes her life – and her relationship with her family and the world around her – for ever.

– Another book I could not put down and put far too much emotion in to, I loved the character of Alice but also found the end of the story incredibly frustrating.

On the Other Side
Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.
Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, she may also find her way back to the only man she ever truly loved .

– Currently reading this, a heart warming easy read, I have found it perfect for my tired commute home from London. I know a lot of people are skeptical about Youtubers bringing out books, but Carrie is a talented lady.

The Girls from Corona del Mar
Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend’s life. Until a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall apart further – and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, kind, brave Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is and what that question means about them both.

– I did not really know what to expect from this book, I randomly downloaded it as a recommend book on Amazon but another story where you become really emotionally involved with the characters.

I love having actual physical books; I adore beautiful covers and elegant looking books, one of my dreams is having a room with a floor to ceiling book shelf filled with my favourite reads and travel guides but it isn’t always practical to lug multiple books around with you on your travels, so more often than not for convince I choose to download books onto my e-reader. I personally currently have a Kindle Paper White which is perfect for bright sunny days by the pool, before that I had a standard Kindle that lasted me about eight years before the battery failed. There are of course plenty of E-readers available but as I have never found a fault with a Kindle I always recommend them.

What books are you reading on your Summer holiday?
Please let me know in the comments below. I would love to start up a travellers reading discussion / book club, so also comment below if you would be interested.

Summer reading recommendations

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  • Rachel
    July 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I read Still Alice and it is so emotional. Really well written with a different twist on an illness everyone knows about. Also, you need to read the sequel to the Rosie Project as well!

    • Sam
      July 27, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Did you find the end of Still Alice quite frustrating? I didn’t even know there was a sequel to the Rosie Project! Thank you!


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