Summer Scorchers

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So despite being halfway through the summer already I have decided to stick up a few book that I feel make the perfect sun bed accompaniments. Except for a cocktail and some coconut flavoured sun cream nothing helps waste away those hours in the beating sun better than a good book. Whether you are looking for a poolside romance, an other-worldly dystopian or a humorous chick- lit there should be at least one book that appeals to your summer senses.

About a Girl – Lindsey Kelk

This book was beyond hilarious, as Tess Brooke’s life falls apart she is presented with an opportunity to leave her problems behind and travel across the world to Hawaii. Love, friendship, work and some even bigger issues await her on the other side of the Pacific. To find out a little more about this book click on the book title and read my review.

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Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants – Ann Brashares

Anyone who hasn’t heard of this series would seriously shock me and if you haven’t read it you are going to want it as a holiday companion. It is beautifully written and portrayed as four friends break apart for the summer, living their own lives yet still coming together when a shoulder is needed. They are all joined in friendship but also by a pair of jeans that strangely fits all of their body shapes. So they decide to share the jeans throughout the summer by keeping them for a few weeks before sending them on to the next girl. The jeans experience important parts of each girls’ summer and end up symbolising more than a mysterious piece of clothing. This book along with the rest of the series is a beautiful telling of friendship, trust, and life experiences. Well worth reading and the perfect poolside read.

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The Carrie Diaries – Candace Bushnell

Originally I fell in love with the TV series and was so happy to learn it was originally a book series. I loved this book which painted Carrie as a much stronger and confident character than in the TV drama. Either way I loved her, her life, friends and experience of growing up. Such a great book if you want a bit of school drama, romance and friendship struggles as Carrie is faced with the hard decision of what lies ahead after graduation. Along with a very difficult love scenario which makes this book perfect for anyone interested in young adult reads, chick lit or a great holiday drama. Click on the title if you want to check out my review and a bit more about the book.

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Summer and the City – Candace Bushnell

This is the follow up to The Carrie Diaries and continues Carrie’s life after she has made the difficult decision of how to spend her summer. By choosing the Big Apple, she meets new people, makes new friends, and is faced with new challenges which push her towards independence and self-confidence. For a bit more about the book click on the title and read more of my review.

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Secrets (Glenbrooke Series) – Robin Jones Gunn

Robin Jones Gunn was recommended to me by a great friend of mine and since she sent me towards the Christy Miller Series, I have never looked back. She writes some beautiful, thought-provoking books that make you reflect on your own life. Secrets tells the story of Jessica Morgan who is escaping a life she no longer wants to remember. She tries to start fresh in the town of Glenbrooke in Oregan, she changes her identity, takes a new job and keeps her distance from the rest of the towns folk. Though sometimes it hard to keep people away and it’s even harder to keep the past buried.

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For any dystopian lovers, I found it difficult to find a happy, sun-typical book. Therefore I’m going to recommend a few books which had me so engrossed that if I had have been sunbathing by the pool, the hours would have flown in and I would have had a golden tan…or maybe even a few red patches from fighting to put the book down and re-apply the sun cream.

The Maze Runner – James Dashner

I love this series and what pushed me even more to finish it is the movie coming out this summer. This book tells the story of Thomas who has woken up in a tin box with the faces of 30 boys staring at him. He’s been locked in an enclosure along with the rest of the boys, left with only a maze outside the large stone doors. Faced with the strange surroundings, man-eating creatures and a girl turning up with a note predicting a terrifying future, he must find out the meaning of the maze and why he has the stomach clenching feeling that everything around him seems familiar. If you want to read more about this book click on the book title and check out my review.

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Divergent – Veronica Roth

This series will probably remain one of my favourites as it just kidnapped me for a few days and took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. I loved the characters, plot and relationships of this book. Divergent tells the story of Beatrice who is reaching the age where she can decide which faction she wants to become part of. In a city that is split into factions depending on characteristics such as honesty, courage and intelligence, Beatrice must make the decision based on tests and her own decision, but will she choose her family’s faction or a new one that will open new doors and more opportunities. To find out a bit more about this book click on the title to read my review.

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Monument 14 – Emmy Laybourne

I couldn’t have enjoyed this book more if I tried. As an apocalyptic storm strands a group of children and teenagers in a shopping mall, they begin to realise the storm was only the beginning of it. They wait eagerly on help, and begin to build a life for themselves in the mall but it isn’t long before they realise the world is changing outside of those walls, people are changing and it isn’t long before their lives are threatened. If you want to check out my review of this book, click on the title.

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The Archived – Victoria Schwab

Such a unique, encapsulating and exciting book that had me hooked from Chapter One. Mackenzie is a keeper; she was passed on the job from her grandfather and now holds the key that lets her step into the Narrows. The dead are kept like books on shelves in a library known as the Archive but the sometimes turbulent sleeping of the dead can wake them, causing them to pace the narrows for answers. Mackenzie’s job is to return any of the dead that are walking the Narrows but whilst maintaining this life she must live the normal life of a teenage girl, but against her abilities as a keeper, a family in denial and starting a life in a new town, Mackenzie finds herself in a difficult position with more to worry about than what was expected. If you want to find out more about this book, click on the title and read my review.

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Here is a mixture of books that I am hoping to set aside for my poolside venture in the next couple of weeks. I haven’t read a lot about these books because I don’t want to ruin any of them beforehand so I’m not writing a little piece about each below. However if you want to find out a bit more about any of the books, click on their titles or pictures:

Paper Towns – John Green

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The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

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What a Girl Wants – Lindsey Kelk

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Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

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Shatter Me – Tehereh Mafi

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Slated – Teri Terry

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As you can see I plan on doing very little other than lying in the sun and reading because what’s a holiday for other than relaxing!

Well I hope you have found this list helpful, I know some of the books I have mentioned are popular and many of them may have already crossed your reading path. If so feel free to leave a comment on what you thought and what books you have set aside for your holidays.

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