Books I Took With Me on Vacation

I always spend two months at my parent’s condo by the beach, and the biggest dilemma every year is not only what books to bring but also how many are too many! That is the epitome of a mood reader!

I was in the middle of Malice before I left for vacation, so I had to bring it with me! I am actually buddy reading this one and will be discussing it during a live show sometime in August! I had to put it aside to participate in the T. Kingfisher readathon, but I will start it up again on Monday and hopefully will get through it quickly.

Speaking of the T. Kingfisher readathon, I brought The Twisted Ones, which is the only T. Kingfisher book that I physically own. I have read this one for the readathon and will share my thoughts in a wrap-up at some point next week!

Sarah Winman wrote one of my favourite books of all time, Tin Man, so I have been curious about Still Life, which is her latest release. It has been getting a ton of attention and something about the cover looks summery to me, so I thought it would be a good one to take with me.

I tend to get a lot of reading done when I am here, so I thought it was a good time to try to tackle some bigger books! Great Circle is over 600 pages and has been staring at me from my TBR cart for a while now, so I packed it!

Soulswift is one of the books that was included in my 12 challenge at the beginning of the year, and I am completely failing at that challenge, so I would love to make a dent on it while I am here. I know nothing about this book but something about it really appeals to me.

I started this habit quite by accident where I read a book by Silvia Moreno-Garcia every summer, so I figured why stop now? I found a copy of Gods of Jade and Shadow for a really great price and it sounds amazing!

I say this all the time, but I have this feeling that Louise Erdrich could become a favourite author, even though I have never read any of her novels. I am determined to change that this summer by reading The Sentence, which seems to be her most popular book to date. I love ghost stories and anything book set in a bookstore, so I have high hopes!

The cover of Cover Story screams beach read to me, so I knew I had to pack it. This is one that I think I can read and then donate to one of the little free libraries around here. I just think it is going to be a quick and easy con artist story that I will fly through but feel no attachment to, which is what I often want in a beach read

I feel the same way about Counterfeit as I do about Cover Story. I am hoping that it will be a fun page-turner to read with my toes in the sand!

I was asked to buddy read Dear Edward in August. I am not sure that is still happening, but I figured I would bring it with me just in case. I have had this on my shelves for a while now, so I would like to get to it soon either way.

My best friend bought me a copy of The Girls Are All So Nice Here, knowing that is was probably something I would enjoy reading on the beach, which was so thoughtful. I do love a good thriller on the beach! I know nothing about this one, but he said his mom recommended it, so I am curious!

The Hidden Palace is the sequel to The Golem and the Jinni, which is a book I read earlier this year and is one of my favourites. It is also a book I planned to read for my Sequels for Summer project, so I had to bring it with me to make some progress on that!

I read and loved Every Summer After last month, and so many people told me that it was similar to Love and Other Words, so, of course, I had to grab a copy. I hated the old cover, but this redesign is absolutely gorgeous and screams summer to me!

Lakelore is another summery-looking book, and I adored Anna-Marie McLemore. No one writes magical realism as well as they do! I also associated magical realism with this time of year and I am at the lake, so it is too perfect.

By the Book is another sequel for my challenge, and I really did love the first book in this Meant to Be series. I am curious to see what Jasmine Guillory does with this modern Beauty and the Beast retelling!

Right before I left, I found an ARC of Tread of Angels in the mail, which was so exciting! This does not come out until November and I will be home way before then, but I brought it with me anyway. It is a short book and I am just so curious about it, so I wanted to bring it just to have the option to read it super early.

A lot of readers I trust have told me I will love Better Than the Movies and all of Lynn Painter’s novels, so I am excited to read something by her. I was recently approved for an eARC of her 2022 release, The Do-Over, so I hope to get to that at some point this summer as well.

I bought Hook, Line, and Sinker as soon as it came out a few months ago, but I knew I would want to save it for the beach! I read the first book, It Happened One Summer, around this time last year, so I wanted to have a similar experience with the sequel!

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16 thoughts on “Books I Took With Me on Vacation

  1. Love & Other Words is on my summer reading list! Right now, I’m reading Where the Crawdads Sing. I need to read a little bit faster, though, if I’m going to finish my summer list in time to put together one for fall. 😀

  2. Gods of Jade and Shadow was the first Silvia Moreno-Garcia book I read and I enjoyed it. Her writing is just so amazing; I love how she’s able to hop genres so effortlessly! Happy beach reading! 😊

  3. Looks like some amazing books in there. I know the feeling when your going away and you just need to bring books with you. Horrible because you can´t take them all 😛

  4. You can’t imagine how giddy I got at the sight of you bringing Soulswift with you. I hope you have a great vacation and obviously get it, if you don’t actually have time to read, but dang, I would love to know your thoughts on this one.

  5. I definitely overpack when it comes to bringing books on a trip. You never know what you’ll want to read once you arrive nor what you’ll actually have time to read. I always take twice as much as I “think” I will need plus I take my kindle and a handful of magazines (as these are something you can flip through while you have a few minutes of down time and don’t want to get wrapped up inside a chapter). Who knows, you might not like a book you bought or realize you’ve already read it and overpacking……i’s got you covered.

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