Whenever I go on a beach vacation, I know that I need lots of books for sure, since reading is pretty much all I do when I’m not swimming in the sea ;) And this time I even read more books than I thought I would and enjoyed most of them, so I wanted to share them all with you :)
Sharing the English titles, but I read most of them in German ;)
1) Paula Hawkins – The Girl On The Train
Started my vacation with this one ;) A thriller about an alcoholic woman who seems to have been part of a criminal event, but has no useful memories of it and tries to find out.
Nice level of suspense and well written. I had a feeling of who might be the true “bad one” somewhere in the middle of the book, but wasn’t quite sure until the end, so definitely a plus!
2) Jojo Moyes – The Girl You Left Behind
I bet everyone has heard about Jojo Moyes by now, she’s totally “in” and I get why. I already read some of her other books and was looking forward to this one, too. It has two different timelines, one in the past during the world war in France and one decades later in England. Two women, whose stories are connected by a painting of a woman.
Jojo’s storytelling is awesome as always and I really couldn’t wait for finding out the whole story behind the picture. Nevertheless I didn’t enjoy it as much as other Jojo books, maybe the whole two storylines thing just isn’t for me…
3) Lori Nelson Spielman – Sweet Forgiveness
Oh my God, I LOVED Lori’s other book “The Life List” and wept through most of it *lol* Well, I’m quite relieved this wasn’t the thing with this one (would be awkward to weep on the beach *lol*), but it’s still awesome!
The story’s about a woman who tells herself she’s everything she ever wanted, but her partner won’t marry her and she doesn’t talk to her Mum any more and so on.. Then the forgiveness stones come her way and she is somehow tricked into having to cope with her past, meeting a lovely guy along the way, too…
It’s an easy read, I liked the story and the little romance and everything – perfect kind of book for me right now ;)
4) Mary Kay Andrews – Summer Rental
I actually thought this would be a chickflick, but it isn’t just that. It’s about 3 girlfriends spending a whole month in an old beachhouse. Because of money issues they’re outrenting one room to another woman, who happens to be on the flight…but they also find out that each of them has secrets they have been keeping from each other…
Also an easy read, and I liked this book more than I would have thought. I took it with me as an “emergency” read, for when I had read all other books, but would actually recommend it as a beach read! :)
5) Fredrik Backman – My Grandmother Sends Her Regards And Apologies
Initially I wanted to get Backman’s other book “A Man Called Ove”, but decided to read his new one first. :) It’s the story of a house and it’s inhabitants, packed into a tale about a girl who loses her Grandmother, who decides to send her on a special kind of scavenger hunt for one last time.
I really, loved this book! It’s funny and heartwarming, but also sad and I had tears in my eyes more than once.. Big recommendation!!
6) E L James – 50 Shades Of Grey As Told By Christian
What can I say? Yes, I read 50 Shades and enjoyed it. And I also read this one and enjoyed it. The male view is quite refreshing and fun to read and gives a little more insight on Christian’s life before Ana. If you liked the trilogy, you’ll probably like this one, too.
7) Maggie Fenton – The Duke’s Holiday
Oh my gosh, now this one was my second emergency book, but it turned out to be one of my fave in a long time! It’s about a Duke who is kind of OCD, never leaving his home, who somehow is forced to, because there’s some strange things happening in one part of his country and his right hand he sent off to make investigations and report back (and who is OCD, too), kind of disappeared… When he arrives at his destination, he could never have been prepared for what he finds and his whole life changes in just a few days time.
This book’s cover makes it look like it’s a kitschy chickflick, but the book’s oh so funny – it had me laughing out loud several times – and charming. Yes, there’s romance and little bit more, but itz’s so much more! I especially enjoyed the funny arguments between the main characters – exactly what I love :)
So now I’m out of books to read again. If you happen to have a recommendation, please, hit me with it!! :D