It’s June 18th, which means that in two weeks time we’re going on vacation and I’m already occasionally packing up stuff – I like to be prepared on time, and in the end I’m always running around like a lunatic on departure day, scared I’m forgetting stuff, which I always do, LOL – and one of the things I’ve been thinking about a lot is; what books to bring with me?! My TBR is never-ending so there’s ENOUGH to choose from, but I’m always afraid of bringing books I want to read beforehand and when I’m there I don’t want to read anymore haha. So one thing that’s certain: I have to bring more then enough books, lol. There’s a max of 20kg per suitcase and we’ve got 3 suitcases, so that should be enough, right ;)?
I’ve got a large collection of unread books on my kindle app on the phone so I’ve got back-up, but I still prefer to read physical books, especially when I’m on vacation. Vacation time in the summer means SUN – most of the time.. hopefully- , so reading on the phone isn’t going to work out well through the day. I could bring the e-reader with the e-ink screen so I could read in the sunlight but then I wouldn’t be able to read my kindle books since I’ve got a kobo reader. The struggles, right?..
So, which physical books to bring with me then? We’re away for 7/8 days and since we got a 4,5 year old running around I’ll not be able to read all day long haha so if I’m lucky I’ll maybe finish a max of 2/3 books? So I decide to pack up 5 books to take with me on vacation. Chances are I’ll change this tbr stack anyway within these last two weeks but we’ll see, lol.
- Breathe by Abbi Glines. This will be a re-read for me. I’ve wanted to do one since I love this series soo much and it’s the perfect book to take with me on vacation. Can’t wait to dive back into the story of Jax and Sadi, yes!! Abbi Glines is one of my auto-buy authors, her books are amazing!
- Calendar girl; January/February/March by Audrey Carlan. This series has been on my wishlist-to read list for ages now and it’s been recommended to me by several friends. They told me I would love these stories so I hope I can start with this first one, containing the first three months, very soon!
- Summer days and Summer Nights. I definitely want to tackle this book. It contains 12 short stories from several well known writers and they’re all summer stories so it’s perfect to read this summer and/or while away on vacation, don’t you think? And short stories are easier to finish I think when we’ll be often busy doing other stuff while we’re in Spain. So yes, this is the first book I put in my suitcase.
- PS. I still love you by Jenny Han. I devoured the first book, To all the boys I’ve loved before, and I’ve started this sequel but haven’t gotten around to finish it yet. So I want to try again while on vacation. Since the third and last book is out already this is the perfect time to continue the trilogy so I can buy the third one after finishing this second book. Have you read anything by Jenny Han?
- FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve heard so many good things about this book. I’ve got it on my shelves for like a year now I think? and still haven’t read it, oops. Maybe because the previous I’ve read by her, Eleanor & Park, wasn’t my cup of tea.. But the synopsis of Fangirl is really great so I’m very curious about this book! So therefore I’ve decided to take it with me on vacation.
I don’t know how our brain works exactly, but it definitely works in mysterious ways because in the summer I often read other genres/books than I normally read throughout the year. I normally read mostly YA/fantasy/paranormal romance/new adult and in the summer I add a lot of chick-lit/feel-good to that list as well. So I’ve made a SUMMER TBR stack which consists mostly chick-lit/feel-good books I’ve been dying to read for ages but still haven’t gotten around to read them. I’ll keep continue reading my YA/fantasy stuff etc, but I want to try to read some of these long-forgotten books as well this summer! #letskicksomebookass
- Nowhere but here by Katie McCarry. I thought it would be a good idea to tackle some of my contemporary books, since I haven’t read much of that shelve yet. This book is one of the first that catches my eyes; a girl who gets caught up in a moter cycle club her father is part of, a father who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent and she’s got to spent the whole summer with him. This summer vacation she finds out one important thing: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. While writing this down I want to pick this book up immediately and start reading, lol. So maybe I’ll add it to my suitcase for our vacation, lol.
- Since you’ve been gone by Morgan Matson. I recently started reading her ‘the unexpected everything’ which I put down because it couldn’t get to me at the time, but a lot of readers say Since you’ve been gone is way better so I definitely want to start reading this book this summer!
- Nachten in New York by Sarah Morgan (#1 From Manhattan with love). I’ve came across this one while doing grocery shopping and the synopsis sounded really good so I took it with me. a contemporary romance/chick-lit which sounds like a fun and easy read, so perfect for a summer read, isn’t it? 🙂
- Verslingerd aan jou by Rachel Gibson (#3 Writer Friends). I bought this one at a thrift store a couple of years ago and still haven’t read it, whoops. I’ve heard good things about Rachel’s books so I’m finally planning to find out for myself what I’d think of her books.
- Zoek het maar uit by Chantal van Gastel. Chantal’s a very popular Dutch author who’s known for her romantic, lovable reads. I’ve only read one trilogy by her yet and I reaaaaally liked that one, so I can’t wait to read more books written by her.
- a Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess. I’ve read this book last year and I really loved it! The sequel is due to come out in September and I’ve recently received an ARC of the sequel through NetGalley, sooo awesome! And I want to read that sequel asap but first; a re-read of a Shadow Bright and Burning, yes!
- Songs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore. I’ve read one book by Santa some while ago and I liked it. From time to time I love reading a ‘normal’ romance novel. This book is a Historical romance novel and since I haven’t read a historical novel in a while, I decided to put this one on the tbr list for this summer. I really love historical novels and can’t wait to dive into this one!
do you often read ‘other’ books in the summer? If yes, do you make a TBR? I’d love to hear what you’re planning to read then.
And what’s your favorite summer read?