Today is another exciting post day! As many of you may know I am a huge fan of Beth Garrod’s books. They make me laugh out loud and are some of the best feel-good books there is out there. So, when I got offered the chance to be on the Take A Chance On Me blog tour that only answer was yes!
Take A Chance On Me is Beth Garrod’s latest novel and here is the synopsis:
“Meg had a disastrous first kiss she would rather forget, but this is the summer she puts it behind her. This is the summer she has a perfect, swoony, just-like-in-the-movies kiss with a hot boy – and what better setting than the sun-drenched Greek island she’s holidaying on? But with three very different boys vying for her attention, this mission to reset her first kiss may be more complicated than she bargained for… “
I posted my review for this wonderful book this morning and you can find that here! Here is a wonderful guest post as part of the blog tour from Beth Garroda!
How to have a sunny holiday without leaving your sofa
Holidays are pretty excellent. But having one without needing to leave your sofa is both time efficient, and an excellent money saver too – you don’t need to schedule in a pre-holiday Boots haul, let alone dig out a bikini that’s buried somewhere from last year.
So here are some of the top films and books you can dive into for the perfect beachy break, without needing to pack a single pair of pants.
Under a Dancing Star by Laura Wood – do I need to say anything more than it’s written by Laura Wood? And it’s a beautiful, funny, clever story set in sunny Tuscany? That’s also a prequel to Much Ado About Nothing? Nope thought not. A slice of summer perfection.
“In grey, 1930s England, Bea has grown up kicking against the conventions of the time, all the while knowing that she will one day have to marry someone her parents choose – someone rich enough to keep the family estate alive. But she longs for so much more – for adventure, excitement, travel, and maybe even romance.
When she gets the chance to spend the summer in Italy with her bohemian uncle and his fiancée, a whole world is opened up to Bea – a world that includes Ben, a cocky young artist who just happens to be infuriatingly handsome too. Sparks fly between the quick-witted pair until one night, under the stars, a challenge is set: can Bea and Ben put aside their teasing and have the perfect summer romance?”
Dirty Dancing – an oldie but a goodie, although I can’t remember if there’s a beach in there or not. But there’s definitely short shorts and watermelon, so I’ll take it. And the excellent thing is you can dance along like no one is watching. And if someone pops their head in to your room and tells you to stop stomping around cos you’re making the ceiling light shake, you can just look them in the eye and tell them ‘nobody puts Baby in a (not-dancing-along-to-a-film) corner’.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall – ok, maybe not for everyone, but it’s Kristin Bell, Jason Segel and Mila Kunis and it’s about break-ups not being the end of the world. All set on the most gorgeous beach resort in Hawaii (that immediately made me Google it, only to then realise watching the film was probably the closest I was ever going to get to it). And it has a singing vampire too – what every good summer needs.
Mamma Mia – well, it was going to be on the list somewhere. Beautiful Greek islands, female friendships, lots of love interests. The singing might not be your thing, but no one can claim this isn’t a pure burst of smiley sunshine.
(Lois here just saying I absolutely adore this film!)
Alex in Wonderland – who needs to go to tropical beaches when there’s Wonderland, the worst/best arcade in the whole of the UK? Simon James Green’s latest book took me right back to how brilliant a day at the pier can be, and how the best summers are definitely about the people, not the place.
“In the town of Newsands, painfully shy Alex is abandoned by his two best friends for the summer. But he unexpectedly lands a part-time job at Wonderland, a run-down amusement arcade on the seafront, where he gets to know the other teen misfits who work there. Alex starts to come out of his shell, and even starts to develop feelings for co-worker Ben… who, as Alex’s bad luck would have it, has a girlfriend.”
(Lois here again just to say this is a 5 star book! My review of it will be out soon!)
There you have it that is how to have a sunny holiday without leaving your sofa! Thank you so much to Beth and everyone at scholastic for this wonderful post! I cannot wait to have a summer on the sofa!
Be sure to check out all the other posts on this blog tour it is set to be a very fun week! Thank you again to everyone who put this tour together!