This post is dedicated to all of the books I managed to read whilst on holiday in beautiful Crete! I should point out that I had hoped to read a lot more whilst over there, but we went during a heatwave so I had to set the books down in favour of the refreshing pool! However, here’s a little list of those that I did manage to read, and also a little review of my thoughts! (Don’t worry, it’s spoiler free!).
Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan
I finished this book soooo quickly, I just couldn’t put it down! Beautifully and sensitively written, this book explores the case of a missing girl Katie, and the letters her old school teacher is receiving from a dead girl. I just cannot explain how much I loved this book, it was so interesting and really well written. I would 100% recommend this book!
Trigger warning: slight mentions of rape and sexual abuse, but these are sensitively slight and not detailed accounts.
Rating: 5/5 stars!
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
I picked this up in the airport (I couldn’t fit any more books in my case!) and I wasn’t expecting much from it. But, again, this book had me gripped! It’s a story like none I’ve ever heard before, it’s original and touching, a mix between a heart warming story of a mother’s love and a story of a little boy who cannot let go of his past life. I absolutely adored this book, and will definitely be recommending it to everyone I know!
Rating: 5/5 stars!
The Secrets Of Happiness by Lucy Diamond
Again, this book really surprised me! I’ve had this in my ‘tbr’ pile for longer than I care to admit, and the reason it stayed there for so long is that the blurb didn’t really draw me in. However, I finished all 400 odd pages of this book in a few hours, I just couldn’t put it down! It’s a nice, easy holiday read with love, sisters and secrets, and it really made me smile!
Rating: 4.5/5 stars!
Me, Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
I know this is a film, and I know I have the film version of the book (which actually really annoys me) but I haven’t ever seen it! I wanted to read the book before watching the film, and I just haven’t got around to reading it until now. And, I’ll be honest, I was MASSIVELY disappointed. It’s not great, it’s not even good. The author’s attempts at constantly portraying a self conscious teen are highly annoying, and that’s coming from a self conscious teen. I didn’t even like any of the characters, the story line isn’t even really a story line, and the significant events aren’t built up at all. It just felt pointless. I kind of wish I’d have listened to the narrator who constantly reminds you that ‘this is a terrible book’, because it really is.
Rating: 1/5 stars
Have you read any of the books featured in this post? What’s your holiday/summer reading list looking like? Let me know in the comments!
I really hope you enjoyed this post, I’d love to hear if you are now inspired to read any of these books!
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