Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Summer Holiday Reading List


After what seems like a crazy-busy week or two I am finally on holiday in Portugal topping up my tan and relaxing. Work has become incredibly intense with lots of travel and long days and my personal life has been the same too. It's meant that I actually packed for my holiday in the 45 minutes before we left for the airport. A couple of weeks back I started looking for some perfect books for my week away and here are the choices I made for this holiday's reading list:


The Singles Game - Lauren Weisberger

Now I'm not going to lie I was a little skeptical about buying this book as Lauren Weisberger wrote The Devil Wears Prada and I found it a hard read. As many of you know from my Wimbledon Photo Diary and recent Twitter feed that I love tennis. This love for tennis swayed me to this book as it is based around the grueling training schedules but also the fame and pressure that comes with the sport too and being a champion. I'm hoping it's going to be a light-hearted easy read which is perfect for floating on a lilo in the pool.

After You - Jojo Moyes

I have been waiting for this book to be released for a long time and I cannot wait to get stuck into it. Me before you, the prequel to After You, had me sobbing my eyes out, and yes I recently sobbed my eyes out in the cinema too. Which means I'm probably going to make sure I have huge sunglasses on if I read this on the beach or poolside if the first book is anything to go by.

"Lou Clark has lots of questions.Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home.
Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.And will she ever get over the love of her life.What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.Then, one night, it does.But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions?Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.Open it and she risks everything.But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she's going to keep it, she has to invite them in"

Girl on a Train - Paula Hawkins

So I actually purchased this book back in Spring 2015 on the recommendation of a friend and never got round to reading it. Now I'm finally on holiday I have it at the top of my list to read, especially as it's being made into a Hollywood blockbuster (I'm one of those people who like to torture myself by reading the book first so I can be disappointed at how much the film misses out - Harry Potter I'm looking at you). Now I enjoyed reading Gone Girl and this book is meant to be along the same lines being a "psychological thriller" so I have high hopes for it to be a page turner.

According to Yes - Dawn French

Dawn French is funny - to me this information is fact. So when I read the blurb for according to yes I just knew it would be a good holiday read.

"The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. 
Emotional displays - unacceptable. 
Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome.
Fun - no thanks.
This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom. A beautifully displayed impeccably edited fortress of restraint. So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn't read the rule book. For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying . . . yes?"
I'm hoping for a hint of Gossip Girl with the comedy that I know and love from Dawn French. 

Game of Thrones - George RR Martin

Now this is the exception to my book before film/TV show rule. I wasn't sure GoT was going to be my cup of tea when it was recommended to me so I watched the TV show to test the water and got completely hooked. I caught up on 4 seasons within just over a week. Knowing that the books offer more information and story lines than the TV show has compelled me to purchase the beast of a book and get reading. This one might be a long-haul book but I'm hoping to get to the end of it eventually. I just need to know the extra secrets for my theories,

So those are my picks for my summer holiday reading list. Have you read any of these books before? I'd love to know what you think. Now where are the cocktails?

Love Rachel x

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