Friday, 22 June 2018

Summer Holiday Reading List

Summer is here at last and for me the warm weather means reading in the back garden, or even better, reading by the pool. In a few days I'm off to Spain with my family for nearly two weeks so naturally I've been asking myself the important question: what books do I bring with me?

So after much speculation, here are the books I plan on taking away with me this year.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
1992 • 629 pages • Penguin Books

I'm sure most of you will have heard of this one. The Secret History has become somewhat of a modern classic over the years since it was first released back in the early 90's and it still remains as popular as ever. I have been questioning why I've been putting off picking this one up for so long, but considering it's a considerably chunky novel I thought I would make for the perfect book to read whilst laying by the beach with very little else to do other than read. I'm hoping I'll really enjoy this one since I've heard nothing but praise.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab
2013 • 366 pages • Tor Books

I've discovered a new favourite in V. E. Schwab in this year. I devoured her Shades of Magic series and after finishing the final book I was left craving more of her writing. Vicious is another of her adult novels and it follows two former friends (now foes) who are set on revenge. Sounds juicy, right? I can't wait to get stuck in to this one and fall in love with Schwab's writing all over again.

A Song of War by Various
2016 • 444 pages • Knight Media

Now this is a book that I put on the back burner and then kind of forgot about (oops).  The H Team are a group of historical fiction writers who collaborate to write stories set in the Ancient world. I've read both A Day of Fire and A Year of Ravens and both are excellent (you can read both of my reviews here) so it's only right that I finally sit down and read their take on the Trojan War. It's another big book, but I've got this one on my kindle so I hopefully shouldn't be daunted by it's size when I get stuck in.


The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato
2010 • 567 pages • Hodder Books

Three is usually my magic number with the amount of books I'm going to realistically get through in a week and a half, but hey, I'm feeling ambitious. So, if I manage to devour the rest of my books before the holiday is over, I have a couple of back ups. One of them being The Botticelli Secret. Again, it's another chunky book - I'm being very brave tackling all of these 400+ page novels, I know - but I was browsing my shelves the other day and it called out to me. I'm familiar with Marina Fiorato's other works so I know what to expect with her writing and the plot sounds dreamy.

Tin Man by Sarah Winman
2017 • 208 pages • Tinder Press

I got this for a steal at just 99p on my kindle and who doesn't love a bargain. I've never read anything by Sarah Winman but I heard a lot of praise regarding this book last year and unlike my other choices, it's only a slim read so I should wiz through it in no time.


And there they are. My holidays reads for my 2018 summer vacay. Have you read/plan on reading any of these books? What are you planning on reading this summer? If you'd like to check out more of my TBR posts then you can find them here.

Until next time, happy reading bookworms.

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