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Holiday Reads


I’m going on holiday in a few weeks. While I’ve organised LITERALLY nothing else, I already know what books I’m taking with me, because, you know – PRIORITIES!

Because I’m a booknerd, reading in a new location is SO EXCITING, and I absolutely love shutting myself off from the internet for a few days and spending some time with my family!

SO, here are the books I am taking on my trip, I am sososo excited to start reading them (so expect an abundance of reviews when I get back!)


“An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.”

If you haven’t read Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series, what are you doing with your life? I ADORED her books when I was younger, and her YA debut, Finding Audrey, looks SO GOOD! I am really excited to read a book that explores mental health in a realistic way and also just read Sophie’s excellent writing style again.

61gH9OG43wL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_“Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she’s sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb’s Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn’s hopes of following in her father’s fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink.

So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn’t hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she’d bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland’s most fearsome beast isn’t enough to deal with, she’s tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited.

The crocodile’s clock is always ticking in Heidi Schulz’s debut novel, a story told by an irascible narrator who is both dazzlingly witty and sharp as a sword. Will Jocelyn find the courage to beat the incessant monster before time runs out?

This book contains THREE things I look for in literature: 1) PIRATES 2) HEADSTRONG HEROINE and 3) DID I MENTION PIRATES??? I am completely and utterly in love with the cover of this book, and I cannot wait to read it.

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I read the first of this super cool time traveling series last holiday, and I’ve been saving the sequels for this trip, mainly because I am going to BINGE READ them. This series is a great YA fantasy trilogy – it’s exciting and has a twisty turny plot, the world building is amazing and there’s a swoonworthy love interest.



Emilia and Teo’s lives changed in a fiery, terrifying instant when a bird strike brought down the plane their stunt pilot mothers were flying. Teo’s mother died immediately, but Em’s survived, determined to raise Teo according to his late mother’s wishes-in a place where he won’t be discriminated against because of the color of his skin. But in 1930s America, a white woman raising a black adoptive son alongside a white daughter is too often seen as a threat.

Seeking a home where her children won’t be held back by ethnicity or gender, Rhoda brings Em and Teo to Ethiopia, and all three fall in love with the beautiful, peaceful country. But that peace is shattered by the threat of war with Italy, and teenage Em and Teo are drawn into the conflict. Will their devotion to their country, its culture and people, and each other be their downfall or their salvation?

In the tradition of her award-winning and bestselling Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein brings us another thrilling and deeply affecting novel that explores the bonds of friendship, the resilience of young pilots, and the strength of the human spirit.”

Elizabeth Wein is one of my favourite authors – she wrote the beautiful Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire. She has a way of conjuring up the past so wonderfully and as a reader, you are completely immersed. I lovelovelove Historical Fiction, and I am really excited to read Elizabeth’s latest book.


“Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her,

Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.”

I don’t actually know very much about this book – the cover and the title and the synopsis intrigued me, and I feel like I haven’t read Science Fiction in ages, so I brought it!


No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message.’

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.”

DOESN’T THIS SOUND SO COOL?!! The concept of this book is so unique and intriguing, so I have a feeling I’m going to love it.


“1912 and London is in turmoil…

The suffragette movement is reaching fever pitch but for broke Fleet Street tomboy Frankie George, just getting by in the cut-throat world of newspapers is hard enough. Sent to interview trapeze artist Ebony Diamond, Frankie finds herself fascinated by the tightly laced acrobat and follows her across London to a Mayfair corset shop that hides more than one dark secret.

Then Ebony Diamond mysteriously disappears in the middle of a performance, and Frankie is drawn into a world of tricks, society columnists, corset fetishists, suffragettes and circus freaks. How did Ebony vanish, who was she afraid of, and what goes on behind the doors of the mysterious Hourglass Factory?

From the newsrooms of Fleet Street to the drawing rooms of high society, the missing Ebony Diamond leads Frankie to the trail of a murderous villain with a plot more deadly than anyone could have imagined…”

I have to say this is the book I’m probably most excited to read! First of all, the cover is AMAZING. Second of all, suffragettes – I’ve never read a fiction book about suffragettes and I’m very interested in that area of history – I have a feeling this book will blow my mind! I am really having to force myself to not read it before I go on holiday!


“Twelve-year-old Molly Pecksniff wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare – the one with the drums and the rattles and the masks. The Dreamsnatcher is waiting. He has already taken her dreams and now he wants her life.
Because Moll is more important than she knows; The Oracle Bones foretold that she and Gryff, a wildcat that has always been by her side, are the only ones who can fight back against the Dreamsnatcher’s dark magic. Suddenly everything is at stake, and Moll is drawn into a world full of secrets, magic and adventure.”

This is a middle grade fantasy, so it’s pretty much my perfect book! This looks like so much fun & I can’t wait to read it.


“Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he’d settle for *seeing* a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There’s an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.”

I started reading this when I was revising for my exams, but then I realised this book was something special, so I decided to finish it when I could give it my full attention!


Sophie May has a secret.

One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to
give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay
in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.

But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make
it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the
comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.

Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of
shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that
comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret
heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?”

I have a confession: I’m slightly obsessed with Giovanna Fletcher. She seems so cool and so sweet and so so talented. And she writes books – so obviously I HAVE to read them. This book looks great – I’ve been meaning to pick up something romantic for a while now, so Billy and Me seems perfect.


Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.

In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.”

I brought this because it had the word ‘library’ in the title and I am a massive library geek. Then I saw the comparisons – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum and I just KNEW this was the book for me. This looks so cute and adventure-y and cool and I cannot wait to read this.

So, those are the books I am planning to stick my head in when I’m on my holiday! I will post reviews/thoughts when I get back.

Have you sorted your summer TBR? Have you read any of these books – what did you think?

2 thoughts on “Holiday Reads

  1. What a great list! Black Dove White Raven lived up to its expectations for me – it’s a wonderful work of historical fiction. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is super cute and fun 🙂

    I’ve also been hearing good things about The Girl With All the Gifts and also want to read it. I guess you’ll have to let me know how it it. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August does sound interesting as does The Hourglass Factory!

    Have an awesome vacation and happy reading 😀

    1. Thank you! Ahh I’m so excited to read Balck Dove White Raven! Will definitely let you know about The Girl With All the Gifts! 🙂

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