I always tend to read more in the summer, I have more spare time (what with working in a school) and with summer travels I tend to read a lot at airports and during flights. SO I thought I would share with you some of the books that I plan on reading over the next few months!
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My Summer Reading List
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The Oceanic Dreams Series
I tend to read a lot of travel non fiction but every now and then I do love a travel themed easy read fiction book with plots and characters and storylines. I was recently contacted and given advance reader copies of the Oceanic Dreams series in return for my review!
I was intrigued by this romantic comedy series. There are 8 books altogether and they are set on a Caribbean cruise BUT each book is written by a different author! Individually the books are technically stand alone, you don’t have to read them in order and the stories don’t continue through the series.
The book follows a similar structure with boarding the ship, the days at sea, the same ports of call. But each story is about a different couple, or groups of passengers, that are on the cruise at the same time!
They are written in a very clever way. The characters in the individual stories don’t have major parts in the other books however there will be slight crossovers within the storylines where a familiar name will appear in passing. This helps keep the series ‘together’.
Some of the storylines seems a little far fetched and over the top but then that’s fiction for you and it doesn’t HAVE to be realistic!
The Oceanic Dreams Series is a perfect read to keep you entertained through the whole summer, as a new book is released every week. For those that are part of the Kindle Unlimited programme, you can find the series on there and read them for free!
As there are 8 books, this is going to keep me fairly busy through the summer (I have advance reader copies of 6). So far I have read:
I Saw Him Standing There by Holly Kerr
Time Of My Life by Laura Heffernan
Circle In The Sand by Tracy Krimmer
(I’ve just started and really enjoying) I Thought It Was You by Kirsty McManus
I still have to read:
I Will Follow Him by Holly Tierney-Bedord
The Best Of You by Sophie-Leigh Robbins
By The River Pierdra I Sat Down And Wept by Paulo Coelho
The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho
Something that seems to be getting more popular in some types of accommodation, are bookshelves where you can read the books during your stay, or switch out with your own books. While in Wales, our holiday cottage had bookshelves in nearly every room!
I found there two titles by Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist is one of my favourite books (about following dreams) but I’ve never read any of his other books, so thought I’d give these a try as I had access to them!
These two stories had quite a heavy religious aspect to them, which as someone that’s not particularly religious, I struggled with. I just tried to focus on the story itself. ‘By The River Pierdra I Sat Down and Wept’ was all about a man and a woman who were childhood friends, they went off in different directions and then life brought them back together again.
‘The Fifth Mountain’ is quite heavy reading. It’s set in a war zone in the Middle East. A village gets destroyed and the main character helps to rebuild their life. I liked the positive spirits and working together as a team in the face of disaster but again the religious ‘messages from above’ were a little too much for me.
Moonlight on the Thames – Lauren Westwood
The next 3 titles are ‘left over’ from my Kindle Unlimited subscription, that I need to finish up reading! Moonlight on the Thames is actually set…at Christmas. Not really a typical summer read but the story takes place in London and when I’m overseas I get comfort from reading books that feature places from home!
Volcanoes, Jungles and Leeches: A Glimpse of Indonesia – Gordon Alexander
This is the type of non fiction travel writing that I read a lot of. It’s about a guys journey across Indonesia. I love reading about other people’s travels in places I may not ever get to experience myself.
True Places: A Novel – Sonja Yoerg
Not going to lie, I chose this one based on the cover and the blurb sounded interesting. It has a start rating of 4.5 on Amazon and has had over 1600 reviews!
Kidding: Childlike Solutions to Bullsh*t Adult Problems – Laura Jane William
I believeeeee I found out about this book from Katie at Stories My Suitcase Could Tell. She is a reading machine! I think as adults we do tend to over think things and worry far too much (guilty) and it’d be nice to view things in a simplified childlike way!
Why Mommy Drinks – Gill Sims
My buddy Charlotte came to visit me in Chicago and she had the UK version of Why Mummy Swears. At the time, I couldn’t get that one on the USA Kindle store, the closest being one of the other books in the series, ‘Why Mommy Drinks’. It’s a humorous fiction story that follows a mum that is exhausted from parenting and daily life.
Jamaica Inn – Daphne Du Maurier
I have been to the real life Jamaica Inn in Cornwall, UK. It’s a hotel and restaurant but has a history of being a stopover for goods that were being smuggled into the UK back in the 1700’s. Daphne Du Maurier’s book ‘Jamaica Inn’ was written in 1930 and is a work of fiction based on her stay and the history of the Inn. Again, I love reading about places that I’ve been to so this is a classic that I shouldn’t miss!
You can find all of these books and more in my Amazon storefront!
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