The Books I Read on Holiday

Welcome back!

I’m not sure if I’m welcoming you back or myself. I decided to take a relaxed approach to my blog during the month of May. I was starting to feel a bit stressed and anxious about it, which is not a good sign. I’ve dipped in when I’ve felt like it and focused on mood-reading.

I’ve not long come back from a wonderful ten days away. I won’t say where I went for privacy reasons, but I will say that it was hot and sunny, and I spent each day by the pool with a book.

I managed to get a decent amount of reading done, so I thought I’d share with you what I read and my thoughts.


Author: Richard Roper
Title: Something to Live For
Publisher: Orion

Not a bad read, an interesting perspective although I found myself unable to give myself over entirely to the plot.

A decent pool-side read for the Summer.

Author: Adam Kay
Title: This is Going to Hurt
Publisher: Picador (Audible)

I finished listening to this whilst travelling and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I drove my partner mad by stopping to tell him little snippets or anecdotes.

Funny but also deeply troubling when it comes to the state of the NHS. Highly recommended.

Author: Jayson Greene
Title: Once More We Saw Stars
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

This dropped through my letterbox just before I went on holiday and made the cut for the suitcase.

This was one of the few I actually reviewed while on holiday, which you can find here.

Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
Title: A Danger to Herself and Others
Publisher: Atom

OK, so here’s my Marmite read. You will either like this or you will not. There is no in-between. I personally love unreliable narrators so this was perfect for me. If you’re not into unreliable or unlikable characters, maybe stay away.

It’s a fairly quick read and dark without being melodramatic.

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Title: With The Fire on High
Publisher: HarperTeen

This book is as gorgeous inside as it is outside. You will absolutely fall in love with Emoni and her abuela. Emoni is tough and fiery, but also very intelligent and sensible. I love her. I want her to be my friend.

Go read it.

Author: Katie Hale
Title: My Name is Monster
Publisher: Canongate

I don’t want to say too much about this one as I am planning a full review, but I will say that if you love dystopian fiction but want something different, then this is it.

Author: Barbara Henderson
Title: Fir for Luck
Publisher: Cranachan

I just want to get it out there that I love Barbara Henderson. She has written some amazing books as well as being an awesome person. However, Fir for Luck just didn’t resonate with me. I’m not even sure why.

It has awesome reviews so I still recommend checking it out.

Author: Joe Heap
Title: The Rules of Seeing
Publisher: HarperCollins

Sadly, this book was a firm ‘Nope.’ from me. It lacked depth and skimmed over things like ethical considerations and counselling. Well, it didn’t even skim them, it didn’t talk about them at all.

The pace was slow and a predictable ending. A good concept but needs a bit of work.


Comment below!

Let me know in the comments below what you think of my holiday reads. What are you reading this Summer (or Winter, depending on your geographical location)?

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