Reading Recommendation: Books to Bring on Vacation

Hello, bookish friends!

I recently just got back from a trip to the beach, and got some amazing books read! So, today I have compiled a list of some books that I think would be great to read on vacation, whether it’s to the beach, the city, the mountains… anywhere!

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

This was one of the books I read on my vacation, and it was obviously perfect! This is a friends-to-lovers opposites attract romance following Alex and Poppy, who have been best friends since college. Each year, they plan an elaborate “summer trip,” where they try to travel to a new place in the cheapest way possible. However, two years ago Alex and Poppy had a falling out, and the summer trip hasn’t happened since then, but Poppy is determined to make it happen this year. This was the cutest romance I’ve ever read. It gave me literal butterflies because the characters were so much fun and just meant to be together!

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I have gushed about this book quite a bit on my blog, but that is because it is just so much fun! This is an enemies-to-lovers romance, following Olive and Ethan. After being the only two people to not become sick at a wedding, Ethan and Olive have the opportunity to take the non-refundable honeymoon to Hawaii. However, they have to pretend like they have just gotten married, and therefore madly in love. This was such a cute romance and I’ve actually read it twice already! This is a perfect book if you are looking for a relaxing beach or pool read.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is the newest release by Taylor Jenkins Reid, the author of Daisy Jones & the Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. This book follows the four Riva siblings in Malibu, who are all known for surfing. Every year, the oldest sister, Nina, throws a legendary party. But this year, it leaves Nina’s mansion in flames. I read a lot of reviews that said they were disappointed by this book, but I really loved it, even if not as much as some of TJR’s other books. I loved the family dynamics, I love the way TJR writes characters, and I loved the historical fiction and Malibu setting. This is a perfect summer read that you can take anywhere!

Cool For The Summer by Dahlia Adler

This is a perfect book to bring on vacation, because it is super short, super quick, and super cute! This follows Lara, who has been crushing on the school football star since… forever. Now, he is finally noticing her, which is everything Lara has ever wanted! Except, Lara met Jasmine over summer break, and can’t get her out of her head. Even worst, Jasmine has transferred to Lara’s school with no warning whatsoever. Now, Lara has to decide if she wants to be with the guy who she’s always loved, or the girl she can’t stop thinking about. I read this book in literally two days because it is such a short read, but a really important one too. Getting to watch Lara’s journey was really great and dealt with some issues I know a lot of high schoolers deal with.

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

I… love this book so much! This follows Evie, who has just watched her parents marriage crumble. After she finds out, she decides the true love doesn’t exist. That is, until Evie begins seeing visions of how a couple’s relationship begins and ends. In her journey to discover how this power came to be, Evie ends up a a family-owned dance studio, where she discovers she has a knack for dancing. And with that, she meets X, her charming dance partner. I loved reading about Evie. While this was a super cute book, it also had moments that will definitely pull at your heart strings, and an ending I did not see coming. This is a perfect book to bring on vacation if you want something with a little more substance, but will still make you smile.

Let me know what your favorite vacation reads are in the comments below!

Spring Reading Recommendations

Spring is finally upon us, so today I have created a list of some great books to read this season! I often find myself in the mood for fun, light reads in the spring, since I love diving into high fantasy in the fall/winter.

The SUn is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon is one of my favorite authors, and this is one of my favorite books of all time! This is a YA contemporary following two teenagers in New York City. Natasha is 12 hours away from being deported to Jamaica, and is on a mission to do everything she can to keep her family in the States. During her journey, she runs into Daniel, who is on a mission to make her believe in love in just 24 hours. This novel is fast paced, addicting, funny, and heart breaking. I have read it twice and would love to pick it up again this spring!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I love all of the books in Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi series, but this one was definitely my favorite! This follows Dimple, who is longing to graduate high school and move far away from her hometown and over-bearing mother, who insists that Dimple needs to find an ideal Indian husband. After her mother shockingly agrees to allow Dimple to attend a computer coding camp over the summer, she finds out it was another ploy of her’s, to try to set her up with Rishi. This book was so much fun, and I loved the Indian culture interspersed throughout it!

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

This is a fairly recent read for me, and one that I loved so much! This is a Pride and Prejudice retelling, following Lizzie, an aspiring lawyer. After involving herself in a murder case, Lizzie is convinced the wrong person has been arrested, and sets out to solve the case herself. However, the snobby Mr. Darcy is constantly in her way, making her job so much harder. This book was described as a mix between My Lady Jane and Stalking Jack the Ripper, and I think that is a perfect representation of this book! While the content matter is a bit dark, it was written in such a fun way that made this book so addicting!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

This has been one of my favorite books of the year, and I think this fun, fast-paced novel was a perfect read for spring! Alosa is the daughter of the most feared pirate in the ocean. After being deliberately kidnapped by her enemies, she is sent on a mission to find a missing piece of a map that will lead her to the sea’s most coveted treasure. If you like enemies to lovers, action, and badass heroines, this story is for you!

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ve probably seen this book around before, because it was one of my favorite contemporaries of 202! This follows Skye, who is a bisexual, plus-sized, Korean-American teenager. Skye loves dancing, but has always been told that it isn’t for her because of her body type. After a K-Pop competition comes to her city, she auditions, and totally nails it! However, she is still constantly being pushed back because of her weight. Skye was such a fun character, and it was amazing seeing representation for plus-sized women in this book!

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

The last book on this list is pretty hyped up, but for a very good reason! This follows 18 year old Imani, who is trying to enjoy her senior year of high school and juggling being a new mother. Imani loves to spend time in the kitchen, and dreams of opening her own restaurant to provide for her and her daughter. After a spot opens in her school’s culinary trip to Spain, Imani dreams of going but knows she can’t afford it with the cost of raising a daughter. While this book wasn’t super plot driven, it was still a beautiful story, one that I am fully intending to re-read over the summer!

What are some book recommendations you all have for spring? Let me know in the comments so I can add them to my TBR!

7 Books That Are Worth The Hype- Part 2!

A few weeks ago I created a post about books that I think are worth the hype they receive, and I really enjoyed it! So, I decided to create a part 2!

For my original post, click here.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Literally, if I could have every person in the world read 1 book, it would be THUG. This book is so important, following our main character Starr after she watches her innocent best friend get shot by a police officer. I reread this a few months ago in the light of the George Floyd murder, and it was even more impactful than the first time. For my full review, click here. And for a master doc containing BLM resources, click here!

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This is definitely one of my favorite books of all time! This is book follows Natasha, a high school student who is a day away from being deported back to Jamaica, and Daniel, an aspiring poet who is determined to make Natasha believe in love. This one day romance is the only story I’ve read with Instalove I can get behind. It is just so much fun but will also make you cry.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This is so basic that I’m not even going to go into detail what it’s about. But I reread the original Hunger Games trilogy last year and I am happy to say that it held up for me! So, if you have been putting off reading it for years, this is a sign that you should try it! Also, a disclaimer: I am not including a Ballad of Songbirds in Snakes, just the original trilogy! 🙂

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I literally love this book with all my heart. The Night Circus is definitely one of my favorite reads ever, following a whimsical, mysterious circus that only appears at night. After it closes, it disappears and relocates to a new town with no warning. I can understand why this book wouldn’t be for everyone, as it is a bit like a puzzle to put together everything. But I absolutely adored it and can’t wait to read Erin’s other book soon.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

If you are at all interested in romance novels, I know you have definitely heard of this book! It is an enemies to lovers story with fake dating (the greatest tropes- agh!) that follows Olive and Ethan. After a disastrous wedding that left the bride and groom sick, Olive and Ethan are offered the chance to take their nonrefundable honeymoon to Hawaii. The only catch: they have to pretend like they are madly in love in order to fool the resort staff that they are newlyweds. This was such a cute, tropical romance perfect for summer!

Turtles All the Way DOwn by John Green

John Green is an author who you either love or hate. I have read 3 of his books, but this is the only one I absolutely loved. This follows Aza, a character who struggles with OCD. This is an OwnVoices story, so I feel like I learned a lot about OCD and how it effects people in their day to day lives. If you are wanting to try a John Green book, this is one that I would highly recommend!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

This is actually a book I just finished recently, and I am literally obsessed. This book follows Linus Baker as he completes a classified mission for the Department in Charge of Magical Beings. He is sent to an island that houses magical children, including a talking gnome, a green blob, The Anti-Christ, and more. This book had some of the greatest character development I have ever seen and will leave your heart feeling so warm and happy. This is definitely one of the greatest books I have ever read.

Let me know what you think about these books! Were they worth the hype for you?