I recently came home off a lovely summer holiday. Me and my boyfriend David went away for 10 nights to Lanzarote. We went there last year and wanted to go back we loved it that much. It is such a beautiful place and is very relaxing. After having a tough time at work recently it was just what we both needed. I read a lot whilst we were there. Anytime we weren’t going on a walk, swimming or eating, I was reading. So, here are the books that I read whilst on holiday.
Your Turn to Die by Sue Wallman
“Sue Wallman’s most spine-tingling thriller yet! Every winter, three families gather in an old house to celebrate the New Year. This year, 15-year-old Leah and the other kids discover that the house has a dark past. As they dig into the history, terrible things start happening, and if Leah isn’t careful, this New Year might be her last.”
I was a couple of chapters into this book before we went on holiday and took it on the plane journey with me. I read a few chapters on the plane but finished the day after we arrived. I couldn’t put the book down, I picked it up the minute I was awake and walked around the villa with the book whilst I got ready. Your Turn to Die gripped me right away and I couldn’t put it down. ★★★★
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
“A heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don’t want to.
What’s more, Joseph has a daughter he’s never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby – no matter the cost.”
This book was recommended to me by Sarah @ The Little Contemporary Corner. I was actually planning to read it on the plane but because I had already started a book I was saving it for the plane ride home. I couldn’t wait that long to pick up this book as I kept looking at in and wanting to start it immediately. I finished this book in a day, it is a short and quick read. I cried a lot whilst reading this book and it was a perfect recommendation by Sarah. ★★★★
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
“Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?”
I took nothing but contemporary books with me on holiday because before I left I wanted to read a lot of Summer contemporaries. After we arrived in Lanzarote my reading mood completely changed and I wanted to read a really good mystery. I messaged a couple of friends and asked for their mystery/thriller recommendations and this was mentioned a couple of times. I really enjoyed this book, I was confused at times and it dragged on in sections but I was a big fan of how the mystery was solved. It certainly satisfied my need for a mystery/thriller book and I throughly enjoyed reading it. ★★★★
My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas
“Holly’s mum is a hoarder, and she is fed up with being picked on at school for being weird . . . and having the wrong clothes . . . and sticking out. All she wants is to be invisible. She loves swimming, because in the water everyone is the same.
Ed goes to the swimming pool to escape the horrible house he and his mum have been assigned by the women’s refuge. In his old life he had money; was on the swim team; knew who he was and what he wanted. In his old life his dad hit his mum.
Holly is swimming in one direction and Ed’s swimming in the other. As their worlds collide they find a window into each other’s lives – and learn how to meet in the middle.
I picked this book up on my last trip to Waterstones before I went on holiday and instantly packed it. The cover features a swimming pool and I really wanted to read whilst sat in front of the swimming pool on holiday. It was the perfect place to read this book. It is a lovely contemporary book that will make you smile, laugh and cry. It is the perfect book to read over the Summer. ★★★★
Whilst I was on holiday I took a couple of pictures for my bookstagram account! Here they are. I am putting a lot of effort into my bookstagram at the minute and would love if you checked it out! Here is the link!
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