Holiday Reads

Sunday, 29 June 2014


I love to read and I enjoy most genres. However, I am a sucker for an easy read. The kind of novel that you can completely immerse yourself in and get lost in for hours. There is nothing better than a good page turner to keep you entertained on break. These are my top four holiday reads. 


We Were Liars (I couldn't photograph this book because a friend is borrowing it at the moment)
Firstly, let me say that I read this book in two days, it was completely griping. I was fascinated with the beautiful Sinclair family just like the onlookers mentioned in the book were. The beautiful Sinclair family are blonde, tall, and wealthy. Each summer they go away to an island owned by their grandfather and spend time together with their family. Cadence is the oldest of the cousins and the main focus of the book. There is an air of mystery around the family, and this is only furthered after Cadence's mysterious accident during summer 15. I would recommend this book to people who love a bit of mystery, complex relationships and first love.

How I Live Now
This is one of the first books that I really loved.
The young protagonist Daisy is sent away to live in England with her aunt and cousins after her father gets remarried. She arrives to find a peculiar family and peculiar way of life. She is taken away from urban New York and finds herself in the English Countryside. This book encompasses love, heartache, shock and struggles. I have read this book so many times that it is literally beginning to fall apart and I couldn't recommend it enough. I would recommend this book to people who love a story that really develops and involves the power of young people to overcome hardship. This book has also been adapted into a film and I would highly recommend the novel over the film.

The Fault In Our Stars
There has been SO MUCH hype around this novel. I think in a very simple way though it is worth the hype, in that this is a great piece of teen fiction writing. It deals with concepts such as love, friendship, heartbreak and illness in interesting and beautiful ways. I love this book mostly for the characters. I fell in love with each character and they really formed in my mind. This book is one that once you pick up you won't  be able to put down.

Never Let Me Go

I don't want to write too much about the plot of this book because I found reading this novel without much knowledge of what was to come made it an incredibly intriguing read. 
Just to give you a very vague overview however, the main character Kathy narrates the novel as she explores her formative years at Hailsham, a school that is sheltered from the outside world. The novel is set in contemporary England however, it is a sort of alternate reality. This novel explores humanity in an interesting and beautiful way. It explores friendships, love and life in a way that I never had. I found this book incredibly moving and it is one I often return to. 


Have you guys read any of these? If so what do you think of them?
What are your favourite holiday reads?

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- C
  1. Hey Claudine! I have seen Never Let me Go the movie and it was so profound! I have the book as well but haven't read it yet! BTW have you read the Time Traveller's Wife? I know the movie is out too but the book is really good! :-)

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    1. I absolutely agree it is profound! You have to find some time to read the novel :) I have read The Time Traveller's Wife and loved it! Thanks you for your lovely comment and I hope you are having a great day.
      xx

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  2. I love TFIOS - it's amazing! I really want to see the film now.

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    1. I saw the film and it was great! I think I prefer the book though :)

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  3. TFIOS is such an amazing book, I just finished reading it and saw the film yesterday. I cried like a baby haha
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    1. Tell me about it! I told myself I wouldn't cry.... didn't last long haha.
      xx

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  4. Reading books during summer is one of my favorite part of summer. I just love to relax and enjoy the day with a little book and a cup of coffee. Your list is amazing and I have read The Fault In Our Stars already :) Great book! I actually wanted to do a similar post myself :) So if you don't mind, check out my blog,
    xx
    Mia


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    1. Hey Mia, so glad you liked my list! I would love to read a post on your favourite holidays reads! I checked out your blog and it's great :) I have followed you xx

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  5. We listened to an audio book of The Fault in our Stars on our road trip and apart from getting annoyed with the narrator we loved it. I want to read it again myself. :-)

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    1. I love audio books! That is such a shame about the narrator. Definitely recommend reading it yourself when you have time :)
      xx

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  6. I really need to get back into reading! I've wanted to read Never Let Me Go for the longest time, but actually finding time in the day to read is impossible!

    - ellabellemin x

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    1. It is so hard to get back into reading! Never Let Me Go is a great one to start with though :)
      xx

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  7. I so so desperately want to read How I Live Now, it looks soo good! I love romantic books to read on holiday, I don't know why, but they just draw me in
    Eden from edenroses xx

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    1. It's a really great read and not too long as well, which is great for holidays! I love romantic books as well, they are always fun to read :)
      xx

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  8. I just recently bought The Fault in our Stars! its amazing!!
    It was featured in this post- http://chloeswatsits.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/cambridge-haul.html
    chloe xx

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    1. Love your haul :) Would love to know what you think of it when you read TFIOS.
      xx

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  9. I don't know why everybody is so obsessed with the Fault in our Stars - I read it, but I wasn't impressed. But Never let me go is a really awesome book in my liking :) If you like a thrilling / music related book, I'd recommend "Kill your friends" by John Niven. It is about an A&R manager in the music industry and all the intrigues that come along. Absolutely loved that one!

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    1. That sounds so good!! I will have to check it out soon :)
      Thanks for the suggestion.
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  10. I seriously want to read The Fault in our Stars before I watch the movie, love your picks <3
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    1. I always like to read the book before I watch the movie if I can :)
      Thanks for your lovely comment!
      xx

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  11. Great post, I love reading book recommendations and adding them to my list!
    I'm the same and am sometimes just in the mood for an easy read :D

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    1. Thanks Karen! Glad I am not the only one :)

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  12. love these recommendations!

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    1. I just checked out your blog and it is incredible!!!
      Thanks for commenting :)
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  13. Love this post as I'm going on holiday so love to see your recommendations!

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  14. Great list of books, I've already read TFIOS, but the other books sound great for during the summer holidays! Thanks a lot!

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    1. You're welcome Masja! So glad you liked the post :)

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  15. i love the fault in our stars & i saw the movie version of never let me go a long time ago so i don't really remember what happened. how i live now seems interesting, i'll have to look into it!

    xx fameliquorlove // bloglovin // instagram

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    1. Thanks for the comment Danielle.
      Let me know what you think if you get around to reading it :)
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  16. Love your blog! Just followed you, would you please follow me back? :)
    http://quitealooker.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Michaella!
      Love your blog as well, I have followed you back :)
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  17. I really want to read The Fault in Our Stars, everyone seems to be talking about it! I've just finished The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness if you're looking for something with magic, history, witches and vampires (for a grown ups!). :)

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    1. That sounds amazing! I will definitely give it a go :)
      Thank you for the suggestion xx

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  18. I've read The Fault in Our Stars and I'm completely in love with it! During this last month I've read TFIOS, the Diary of Anne Frank, Looking For Alaska (also written by John Green) and Hush Hush, the first one of the saga. I totally recommend you all of them!
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    1. Thanks for the recommendations! I haven't read Hush Hush.
      I will put it on my to-read list :)
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  19. Great post, I haven't read We Were Liars but I really want to. I have the book How I Live Now but I haven't read it yet, I've seen the film and loved it. I loved TFIOS & I agree with you. I've seen the film of Never Let Me Go & I liked it even though it's quite a depressing film. I really want to get the book & read it though xx

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    1. Thanks Kelly, I hope you like them when you get around to reading them!
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  20. I love adding books to my must-read so thanks for the recommendations :) We Were Liars has been on my list for a while now

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