Monday, May 22, 2017

Ten Books I'm Taking on Vacation This Summer

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

I've missed out on two Top Ten Tuesdays in a row! Life was really busy for a few weeks, but things have settled down a bit now. And in another week, we'll be in Mexico! We're dropping the little one at his grandparents' for the week and heading to an all-inclusive, adults-only resort with some friends. My goals for the week are to eat, sleep, and read. Since this week's topic is all about summer reads, here are some books I will be loading on my Kindle for the trip, if all my library holds come through in time!

1. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
I love a good evidence-based guide to a happier life, and being away from my regular life seems like a good time to sit back and take stock of things.

2. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
I've been wanting to read this for a while. An LGBT YA romance is my idea of a fantastic beach read.

3. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
One of my book clubs is reading this for May, but they're meeting while I'm on vacation. This was on my TBR anyway, so I figured now's a good time to pick it up.

4. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Another LGBT YA romance? Yes, please.

5. In the Woods / The Likeness by Tana French
I've heard the second book in the series is better, but I feel obligated to start with the first, so I'm just borrowing both of them and hoping to get through both.

6. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
This is one of the books that's been on my TBR list the longest, and I thought it would be nice to have some nonfiction humor to break up the fiction I'm reading.

7. The Stand by Stephen King
This is next on my list of very long books I want to read this year, so I'm going to bring it with me (on my Kindle, of course). If I breeze through too many of the short books on the plane ride there, this will give me something longer to sink my teeth into for the week.

8. Stiff by Mary Roach
One of my favorite vacations was when we went to a lake house for a week and I read Mary Roach's Spook along with four similar nonfiction books. It's one of my favorite genres, so I need to treat myself to another Mary Roach book this vacation.

9. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
This one just seems really fun, and it keeps being recommended to me. I'm looking forward to it!

10. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
It's been too long since I picked up a Picoult book, maybe because the last one (Sing You Home) was such a disappointment. Her books are usually the perfect combination of sweet and suspenseful that make for a good beach read.

Realistically I'll probably only get through half of these books next week, but it's best to be prepared! Thankfully I have been doing well with reading books outside my TBR list this year, so I can take a sustained dive into that list for a while without exceeding my self-imposed limit :)

What books are on your list for your next vacation?

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