The Summer Holiday Reads

Summer Holiday Reads

Entering another world…


I do not know about you but, I do not read enough. Unlike my mother who can quite literally read a book a day, I never find myself with my head stuck in a book, my mind a million miles away reading someone else’s fantasy world. I can spend hours on Youtube and Netflix but reading is just not something I jump into. But then, I went on holiday. Four hours from home, in beautiful Gran Canaria (see the photo diary here!), you did not catch Georgia or me without a book or our iPads in our hands, reading our latest adventure.

It was wonderful, I managed to get through four (and a half!) books on our trip and the stories and characters just needed to be shared with you too. I do not particularly have any favourite authors or a favourite genre, I simply just went through the Kindle Bookstore on Amazon and bought the books whose synopsis caught my attention but felt that they would be worth sharing too if you are off on a little relaxing break or you simply read all the time. Regardless, these were my Holiday reads.

Cults, teenage humour, the ‘situation’ between a mother and her daughter-in-law and grief, the following books shared and explored it all. I have come to release my favourite books are those that can make me laugh or those that have a little mystery, something that keeps me eagerly following along (anyone else here loved Gone Girl?!) as I turn through every page. Something, that even when I’d left the beach or the pool, I needed to keep going through to find out what is going on, how the story develops. And if you like that too, I could not recommend the following books.

Summer Holiday Reads

The Growing Pains of Adrain Mole

“In this second instalment of teenager Adrian Mole’s diaries, the Mole family is in crisis and the country is beating the drum of war.”

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I could not tell you how many times I have read the very first Adrain Mole book. It was a favourite throughout my childhood, my teenage years and now, my adulthood. It is incredibly funny, incredibly witty and whether we like to admit it or not, we have related to Mr. Mole at some point in our lives. Despite my love for the first instalment, I soon realised that I had never finished reading Adrain Mole’s story so I decided to purchase the following book for a bit of light reading.

The Growing Pains isn’t quite as funny as the first book but still captures the humour and wit that made that first book just so brilliant. You still cannot help but have the tiniest soft spot for Adrain Mole and his adventures with his on again off again parents and his love story with Pandora. Did it make me want to read the third one? Hmm, there is not an intense need to buy the next book but as predicted, the story is interesting and humorous enough to keep you page turning. It is not a sequel that beats the first story, but it was still brilliant none-the-less and filled the Adrian Mole shaped hole the first story leaves you with when you turn the last page.

See How They Lie – Sue Wallman

“Mae believes that the reason she’s lived all her life in a psychiatric hospital is because her father is a psychiatrist. Everyone says she’s lucky to be there. With its high-end facilities and 24-hour surveillance, no one could be safer. But why is she being watched too? And how come she can never leave?”

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This was quite a fascinating story about a group of patients (and also families) living in a health centre where they are told they are living their ‘best life’. The story has a bit of slow start and builds up slowly to what is a very quick ending, but regardless, I was captivated throughout. I enjoyed the element of mystery and the questioning through and whilst the ending did not disappoint me, I did think it was slightly predictable. Still, this was the fastest book I had read all holiday and captivated me from start to finish. In one sense, it is a unique story but something that you could still see happening and I also loved all the characters featured throughout the book, they all had a perfect background story that was not so extensive that you got distracted but just enough to help aid the story. Definitely one for those who like something a little different, but still realistic.

The Girlfriend – Michelle Frances

“Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three-year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome, and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful and smart but she hasn’t had the same opportunities as Daniel. And she wants Laura’s life.”

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Certainly, a book that some mothers, and possibly girlfriends are going to relate directly to, more-so in the beginning of the story, surrounding the issue of not being keen on the women your son has picked, worrying about her intentions and worrying that your boyfriend’s mum is slightly too overbearing and always around.

This book explores that relationship and takes it in a dark turn that remains hauntingly realistic throughout. Again, another one with a little bit of a slower pace at first, but once the story starts to develop, you are hooked, fingers already at the edge of the page (or the screen) ready to turn to the next part of the story. Definitely, my favourite Summer read thus far, addicting, haunting and with characters that are so well developed, and not forgetting to mention, I am forever a sucker for a book that is set in London, a city I know so well.

The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins

“Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.”

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Definitely late to the party with this one, but after Georgia dragged me to see the movie, I have meaning to read the novel it is based on. I enjoyed the film, but as many before me have said, the book was so much better. I preferred the treatment of the characters in the book, they were written so much better than how they were shown in the film. I enjoyed the element of back and forth between the characters and felt that it helped moved the story along much faster than if they had gone without.

Naturally, from watching the film, I already knew the story but this did not actually stop me from enjoying the book. As I predicted, the novel told the story better, the detail, the wording all made it feel more intense and I was a lot more invested in this than I was the film. It is tragic, it is creepy but that does not stop you turning every page. You feel sorry for the characters and then there are moments you cringe, moments where you’re angry with them and I love books that really set off several different emotions. The mystery keeps you reading and the twist gets you really excited to race towards the end. All-in-all, I wish I had read this before seeing the movie but I still thoroughly enjoyed the book nonetheless!

What is/has been your favourite Summer read this year? Please do leave your recommendations!

 

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  • I love your blog by the way! And great post – it was interesting to hear about your holiday reading experience and well done for getting so many books read. I read The Girl on The Train earlier in the year, and can relate to your thoughts on how the story was told in the book. I like the change of perspective, jumping from each character to the next. I’m yet to see the film though! I’m currently reading The Lauras by Sara Taylor, and so far it’s okay, I’m hoping I’ll get more hooked as I go along. 🙂 xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • Thank you SO much Helen, I really appreciate it! Oooh, I definitely think you should watch the film, just don’t expect it to be better than the book still pretty great though! Hope you got more into your book, always tough when you’re not addicted straight away! Xx

  • I LOVE a good book on holiday. I read Girl on the train a while ago and definitely agree it’s so much better than the film! Think I might have to note The Girlfriend down – sounds like a gooden!xx

    Lucy | lucy-cole.co.uk

    • The Girlfriend was SO good, I hope you enjoy it! Xx

  • Amy

    These all sound like really good books! I may have to try some of them, I’ve been reading a lot this summer already.
    Amy xx

    A Habit Of Solitude

    • They were all pretty fab! I’ve gotten so into reading recently! xx

  • Britt K

    What a great way to spend your summer! I am really intrigued by See How They Lie, I might have to check that one out!

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/