Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Reading

While you're reading this, I'm enjoying my first proper summer holiday in years. Sun, beach, cocktails, no submissions... what more could an exhausted literary agent ask for? A crazy long list of pleasure reads on her Kindle, that's what. As I'm not the person to only read one or two books on a holiday, my e-reader is a life saviour. So I spent weeks trying to perfect my to-read list, making sure to find a nice mix of teen and adult, of romance and thrillers. The result: 20 books. For 12 days. Completely reasonable, right? Right? 

Anyway, I thought I'd share my summer (holiday) reads, and I'd love to hear about your to-read list for the summer. The comment section is all yours!

Here's mine (in no particular order):

Behind the Scenes (Dahlia Adler)

This sounds like so much fun. I love the whole "normal girl in Hollywood" premise. Also, I had the pleasure of meeting Dahlia at BEA last year, and we ate chocolate together. In my eyes, that makes us BFFs. 

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Stephanie Perkins)

I've loved Stephanie Perkins ever since I read Anna and the French Kiss in 2011, and it feels like I've been waiting for this third book FOREVER. It's not even out while I'm typing this, but I've preordered it, and I cannot wait for it to show up on my Kindle on the 14th. (As this post will go live on the 19th, I've probably already died and gone to heaven.)

Meant to Be (Lauren Morrill) 

This book has been on my to-read list forever (or, according to Goodreads, since December 2, 2012). It's about time I find a few spare hours to read this. 

Game for Anything (Bella Andre)

A sports-themed romance, which is totally up my street. The Goodreads reviews sound promising, too, so I'm really looking forward to this one. 

The Game Changer (L.M. Trio)

Even though it has a sports theme, I wasn't too sure about this one when I read the blurb. But the reviews really piqued my interest. Sounds like there's more to the story than the blurb lets on. I'm intrigued. 

Double Play (Jill Shalvis) 

So far, Jill Shalvis has never let me down. This is a pretty safe bet as far as romance fiction goes. I expect a solid 4-star read.

Slow Heat (Jill Shalvis)

Again, Shalvis. Safe choice. 

Before I Go to Sleep (S. J. Watson)

Wow, this sounds so great. I mean, just read this sentence from the blurb: "Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love — all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life." I expect a blow-my-mind-read -- and hope it doesn't let me down.

Out at Home (J.L. Paul)

I like that the two main characters have a shared history. And that it's not the typical "s/he admired him/her from afar back in school" story. 

Breaking Away (Toni Aleo)

The fifth book in Aleo's Assassins series. I've read and enjoyed the other four books in the series, so I cannot wait to dig into this one. 

Playing Dirty (Jennifer Echols)

I'm a huuuge fan of Jennifer Echols'. She's one of my favourite YA authors, and so far, I've never given any of her books fewer than 4 stars. Her books are safe 4- or 5-star reads. I've read her other adult novel, Star Crossed, and hope I'll enjoy Playing Dirty just as much.

Louder than Words (Melanie Marks)

What can I say? I love contemporary YA. 

We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)

The blurb doesn't give much away, so I don't really know what to expect, but I love the reviews, and I really want a great suspense novel on my list.

The Lucky Charm (Beth Bolden)

I love the sound of Izzy, the main character. And there's a sports theme. And romance. Wahey.

1st to Die (James Patterson)

I've started watching the Women's Murder Club TV series, and that was enough to make me want to read the books. If everything goes well, I have a new favourite crime series for my to-read list. Don't let me down, Patterson.

2nd Chance (James Patterson)

See above.

Millie and the American University (Annabel Scot)

I've read so many books about Americans in England, so I'm glad this deals with the reversed case. 

Pretty Little Liars (Sara Shepard)

I can't believe I still haven't gotten around to reading this. I also haven't seen a single episode of the TV show, so I don't know anything more than the blurb. Time to rectify this.

Make It Count (Megan Erickson)

New Adult. I'm so happy to see this published, and I know this isn't one of those OTT NA novels, but a relatable story that deals with real and realistic problems like learning disabilities. 

Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? (Ella Martin)

Yes, this was written by one of my clients, and I've read the earlier versions several times, but I haven't actually had the chance to read the final, post-last-revisions version, so I'll make up for it while I'm holidaying. And I'm excited; I love this book so much, I'll never tire of it.

Sooo.... here you go. My reading list for the summer. Now it's your turn: let me know your summer reads. 

~Julia xoxo

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