Friday, 22 July 2011

The summer holidays and summer reading!

Today I finished school for summer- yay! I know in the US schools get a longer summer holidays than the 6 weeks given in the UK so that's why it might seem a bit late. So summer means sun (if I'm lucky!) and lots of reading and I thought I'd share with you the 16 books are on my line up to read this summer:

  • Eight Keys by Suzanne Le Fleur
  • Daughter of Xandu by Dori Jones Yang 

  • Die For Me by Amy Plum
  • A Song For Summer by Eva Ibbotson ( I actually thought I'd read this one as it's been on my shelf for a few years but it turns out I haven't!)
  • These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (my first Dessen after I was recommended her books)
  • Witch Child by Celia Rees
  • The Keeper's Daughter by Gill Arbunthnott
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Troubadour by Mary Hoffman
  • The Traitor's Smile by Patricia Elliot
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird
  • River Secrets by Shannon Hale

  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (my first Philippa Gregory)

  • Shadows On The Moon by Zoe Marriott

I probably won't get through them all but I want to use all the free time I have in the holidays to get through as many of the unread books that I own as possible and I'd like to read at least 10. There are some favourites I'd like to re-read too such as Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Anne Of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery and Party Shoes by Noel Streatfield.

Also, I might not post as regularly or consistently as usual because I have an Italian friend staying with me for a month who I only get to see once a year so I want to spend time with her. There will also be one week where I won't be updating, which is about three weeks from now.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What are you planning to read this summer?


  1. I approve of the list a lot. I have some things to say for a lot (I mean most of them) of them:

    1) Suzanne LaFleur is a great writer. I haven't read that one but I've read Love, Aubrey which is really sad and written so lovely.

    2)A Song for Summer is a v.good book of Eva Ibbotson - one of my favourites, although long.

    3)YAAY to Sarah Dessen - I hope I am one of those people that recommended her. This is one of my favourites. The best ones for me are The Truth About Forever and Along for the Ride. I haven't read her new one yet, plan to read it over this summer though.

    4) I, too, need to read the Hunger Games after a lot of friends have been raving about the movie. I think it's just that as I am the book blogger of the group to be able to join in.

    5)My friend thrust The Other Bolyen Girl into my hands to read soon. She is supposed to be good.

    Good Luck reading them all and have fun :)

  2. As a teacher I'm just as happy the holidays are here as you are!

    Enjoy the summer :D

  3. OOH! The Hunger Games! And Die For Me! And Emma! I LOVED those books! I also really enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl, but I'm a bit obsessed with Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth... Visiting the Tower last year was heaven.
    Happy reading :)

  4. Anonymous15:53:00

    You've got some great books to read! I loved Hunger Games! and Heyer, Hale, Ibbotson are some of my favorite authors! Have a great holiday!

  5. great books, Im certain you will love Shadows on the Moon and The Hunger Games!

  6. They all sound wonderful! I love the cover for Eight Keys! We actually got our holidays at the end of June (I live in Ireland) and I've been getting through some of my books too. I want to read Just Listen, I've not read a Dessen book either! I didn't like the Hunger Games, but hopefully you will. Happy reading!

  7. You have some great books lined up this summer! A Song For Summer, Just Listen, Witch Child, The Hunger Games and Shadows On The Moon all look fantastic, I really want to read them too. Happy reading! :]

  8. This looks like a great lineup! I personally loved Die For Me--Plum created a fascinating new world for this series :)

    Also, The Hunger Games/Emma are among my all-time favorite reads!

    Enjoy your summer, especially your books!

  9. I hope you enjoy all of this! The Hunger Games especially...
    Here's my list
    I worked out that to get through it all, I'll have to read a book a day.......
    Enjoy it all!

  10. Oh some great books, Die For Me is seriously amazing and l really need to read The Hunger Game Series!

  11. Hope you have a nice vacation! I'm really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on so, so many of these! Most are on my TBR, but I really need to read The Hunger Games already. I'm curious to see what you think of Die For Me as that was a DNF for me. Hope you have fun with your friend!


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