I am thrilled to introduce my first blog guest: Keris Stainton! Please welcome her and enjoy the fun post about summer reading! Also, check out her information below the post if you want to find her and her exciting work. Thanks Keris!!!
I take my summer reading VERY seriously. Before I go on holiday, I have to compile a perfectly balanced reading list. I need fiction (something light, something perhaps a bit more literary), non-fiction, and some YA, of course. I also need a LOT of books. I generally estimate one book per day, even though I know I'm unlikely to get through that many since I've got two young children (before having kids, I could quite easily read a book a day on holiday), but I take them just in case. You never know when you might be delayed - what about all those people who got trapped by the volcanic ash? Did they have enough to read? I'm not taking any chances...
I haven't even book this year's summer holiday yet (it's on today's To Do list), but I know which books I'll be taking:
Truth & Dare, edited by Liz Miles
I don't generally read short stories, but I've heard great things about this one and my lovely friend Luisa Plaja has a story included. Plus shorter fiction is handy for holidays for when you haven't got a lot of time to read, but you do want to read something other than the back of a sun cream bottle...
Sunnyside by Glen David Gold
I adored Gold's first book Carter Beats the Devil and actually took Sunnyside on holiday last year, but didn't have time to delve in. I'll give it another try this year because it does sound wonderful.
A Most Improper Magick by Stephanie Burgis
I've been meaning to read this book for the longest time. It sounds wonderful and the sequel is already out, which makes me slightly panic about being behind on my reading. Summer is the perfect time for catching up.
More Awkward Situations for Men by Danny Wallace
I love Danny Wallace's books. They're always so sweet and joyful and make me laugh out loud. The benefit of taking this one is my husband will read it too. Double duty. (More room for another book for me.)
A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James
I would never have thought historical romance was my kind of thing, but once I started reading Eloisa James I couldn't stop. Funny, charming, sweet and sexy and completely addictive. I'm hoping to save this for my holiday, but it's possible I won't be able to resist its ample charms for that long...
Good Stuff by Jennifer Grant
A memoir by Cary Grant's daughter, but with a twist - she adored him and he her (he gave up films to spend more time with her). Makes a nice change when someone writes about someone you admire and isn't slagging them off or listing their grievances. I suspect this book will make me yearn for Cary Grant and old Hollywood even more than I already do.
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I've heard great things about this teen novel and since I'm almost always hankering for a road trip I'm hoping it will be an excellent summer holiday read.
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