This week school finishes in America. People are now preparing to go on holidays or holiday from the stress that is school. I don’t live in America (or England, who have mid-years, I think), so unfortunately, I only have two week holidays (soon!), and then back to school for six months.
This time in America (and any place in the northern hemisphere actually) it’s summer. Here, Down Under, days are becoming progressively colder, as we hunker down with blankets and hot chocolates (actually we only dream of doing this, since it’s still school time. But soon)!
Of course, this rambling beginning is actually leading to something: this weeks top ten (hosted by The Broke and The Bookish) is ‘Top Ten Books That Should/Will Be In My/Your Beach Bag. Since I live where the sun has retired under a covering of clouds for a good few months, I’ve converted the season to winter. So –
Top Ten Books That Will Be In My Winter Snow* Boot (??)
1. Wish you were Italian – Kristin Rae
2. Starfish Sisters – J.C. Burke
3. Those Faraday Girls – Monica McInerney
I chose Wish you were Italian because it’s hot – hot weather, hot people and then everyone can cool off with a cold gelato! Starfish Sisters was chosen because of the beach aspect, and as we Australian/southern hemisphere people lie in our beds with rain pouring down on the (hot) tin roof, we can think of the beach + surfing (or for me, I love being in the water. Sand – not such a fan of that. And as for surfing, I’d love to learn, but I’m quite unco-ordinated). Those Faraday Girls is focused around a family – the Faradays (as the title suggests), and family things make me happy and warm from the inside.
4. The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen
5. Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins
6. Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
The Truth About Forever and Lola are both cutesie romances that are perfect for reading when the weather is icky outside. The Harry Potter series is like having your best friend with you: warm, comforting and there if you shed a tear or two. The friendship and romance between the trio (and other characters) goes perfectly with your pet snoozing by your feet.
7. Sincerely, Woman of Letters – Marieke Hardy + Michaela McGuire
8. This Lullaby – Sarah Dessen
9. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
10. What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen
Woman of Letters is a collection of letters (once again, as the title suggests), and it’s a beautiful read – ranging from the hilarious to the heart-felt letters. It’s like reading through old memories and this is done best when the weather is bad and there’s soft music playing in the background. This Lullaby and What Happened to Goodbye are adorable romance novels that will warm you up from the cuteness. Anna and the French Kiss is one of my favourite books (EVER) and it’s just so WELL written and amazing and please please read it people!! (If I didn’t sway you with my persuasive skills, think of the hot French boys the novel includes).
*Well, they wouldn’t be snow boots, because where I live it doesn’t snow, unless you go for a long drive up into the mountains (which might be a nice place to read a book. In which case, it could be in a snow boot).
What would you people put in your (snow) boots?