My Vacation Books

Some of you already know that I’m currently in Italy. I have a really full schedule, and I’m actually also meeting up with Ruby! But have no fear, there will also be a lot of travelling to and from certain cities and other locations, so hopefully I’ll be able to read. I have stocked up my ereader and will not be taking any physical books with me (my camera and bottles of water will already be too much), and I really want to share with you guys what I’ll be reading during my awesome time away from home! These books have all been recommended to my by friends like Anniek and Kal, I’m so excited to see if I’ll love them as much as they do.

House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next. 

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. 

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

Contagion by Erin Bowman

It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don’t set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken. 

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

I have dozens more on my e-reader, but this is definitely the ones I want to read first. Obviously I am going to enjoy the sun and the culture, but if I have time in the bus, or late at night during some quiet time, I’m going to read. And if I do end up loving them, I’ll write reviews, I promise!

5 thoughts on “My Vacation Books

  1. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites says:

    ereaders are absolutely fantastic for packing books, I’m the kind of person who also has to carry water and camera and a first-aid kit and a bunch of other stuff so I certainly wouldn’t have room for it in my bag! (and that’s just for a day trip, let’s not think about longer vacations 😅)

    House of Salt and Sorrow is such a creepy, atmospheric read; I hope you love(d) it as much as Haley and Kal did (ie, even more than I did)! and of course I’ve heard all the great things about the others on this list. but even more strongly, I hope you have a fantastic vacation and take lots of fun pictures, you’ve been working so hard and absolutely deserve a nice break 💕


  2. TheCaffeinatedReader says:

    OMG, The cover for I wish you all the best!! Let me know how you like it! I loved House of Salt and Sorrows and definitely can’t wait to hear what you think of Contagion, vacation books!! MICHELLE DON’T LEAVE MEEEE XD


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