Books I am taking with me on my vacation

Two posts in one day?! Whaaaaa??? 

Anyway I have been overworked and tired and my anxiety has been at an all time high lately, so I am retreating into the mountains to read, relax, and drink lotsssss of good brews and wine! 

So what books get the honor of being packed in my suitcase you ask? Here are the 6 books I am taking with me and hopefully I get through or at least start most of them! 

First off, can we talk about how adorable my little wine cork pumpkin is?! I made that guy! (Wanna see how I did it? Drop a comment below and I’ll make a post about it!) 

Now these are the hard copies of books I’ll be taking (the other 3 are ebooks on my kindle or the one I am going to listen to on my 7 hour drive!) 

1. The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis

I’ve talked about this book before in another post but in case you forgot what this is about read that post here or check out this synopsis from Goodreads below: 

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever

2. Young World – Chris Weitz

I snagged this guy off the sale shelf at BAM because it has an awesome cover. My sister picked it up too and is reading it now. She says it’s really great so far so even though it’s been sitting on my shelf for a while, I wanted to dust it off so K and I could discuss it. I’ll post a review on it when I am finished! 

Goodreads synopsis: Welcome to New York, a city ruled by teens.

After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he’s secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. 

But when a fellow tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure for the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip, exchanging gunfire with enemy gangs, escaping cults and militias, braving the wilds of the subway – all in order to save humankind.

3. The Diviners – Libba Bray 

I know, I know. This is an old one. And now you are judging me for not reading it already.  In my defense, I had gotten married two days before this book was first released so I was a little preoccupied at the time! Anyway I am excited about this book and this cover is one of my favorites! I expect great things from this book! 

Goodreads synopsis: Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

Now for the ebooks! Also I’m not sure which one I will be listening to on the way down Saturday; it just depends what I’m in the mood for! 

4. One of us is Lying – Karen M. McManus

I also talked about this and the next book in my other post about 2017 books I am excited for but this sounds excellent and I am excited to read it! 

Goodreads synopsis: One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

5. They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera 

See above 🙂 

Goodreads synopsis: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

6. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore  – Matthew J. Sullivan 

I am a sucker for a good mystery and this one sounds really captivating! I hope it will be a quick, fun read before I start some of the heftier  reads:) 

Goodreads synopsis: When a bookshop patron commits suicide, it’s his favorite store clerk who must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the ‘BookFrogs’—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.

But when youngest BookFrog Joey Molina kills himself in the bookstore’s upper level, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions: Trinkets and books, the detritus of a lonely, uncared-for man. But when Lydia pages through his books, she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago—and never completely left, as she discovers.

So that’s my mountain vacation booklist! Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts? What would be on your vacation reading list? Drop it in the comments below! 

4 thoughts on “Books I am taking with me on my vacation

    1. Lanette Rodgers says:

      I saw you added to your Goodreads which is how I knew about it! It looks really good! Let me know of you start it anytime next week and we will discuss it! Maybe it’d be a good book club choice!


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