(EN) Bookending Summer: Books to take on holiday, but there is a limit!

Hello and welcome to my first prompt as your host for Bookending Summer! I will be hosting the final three days of this great event and we have had a lot of amazing prompts before. Time for me to challenge you a bit! Summer is the time to go on a holiday and a holiday means lots of reading time. However, you also have to be social and go and see something of the place your are visiting. Therefore, there is a limit on the amount of books you are allowed to take. You can only take 3 books, no matter the format. Tough decisions have to be made, but here are mine.

I have been on holiday at the start of July, and I didn’t take only three books. However, I have some books I planned to read but didn’t, so if I would have gone on holiday now I would have taken these three books with me.

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

I bought this book just before I went on holiday with the intention to actually read it. However, I didn’t and therefore I would have packed it now. This book is a typical summer read with the typical summer vibe.

The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu.
For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teenaged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn’t one she takes lightly, and it’s certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she’s gone mad.
But following the death of her beloved husband David two years earlier, Laura knows that it’s time to move on. To find a way to live without him, instead of just surviving. To find her new place in the world, and to fill the gap that he’s left in all their lives.
Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and – just possibly – to learn to love again as well.
For her, the Comfort Food Cafe doesn’t just serve food – it serves a second chance to live her life to the full…

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Another feelgood book, because I tend to like feelgood more during these summer months. This one finally got its Dutch translation and I intended to read it on holiday as well, but again, it didn’t happen.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman
Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.
Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.
If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.
Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Circe by Madeline Miller

I would like to take one fantasy book with me. And yes, there she is again, Circe by Madeline Miller. I want to read this book for over a year now, but I just don’t do it. With this book limit I am forced to read this one finally. I heard it’s tough but good!

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.


So far my holiday picks! Which three books will you take on holiday with you? Let me know in the comments or drop the link to your take on this prompt in there! Tomorrow I will be back and then we will discusss Reading in your native language versus reading in English.

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