The Book Worm: My Vacation Reading List

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My Vacation Reading List

Today, instead of the usual "what I'm reading Wednesday" post, I'm sharing with you the list of books I'll be taking with me when we leave on vacation next week.

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Of the six books I picked, three I believe are typical summer reads which I expect to turn into great poolside companions. 

Then I added two action/suspense romances just for good measure.

And, to balance things out, I added a non-fiction book too. Did you know that 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music? Well, it does. And since The Sound of Music is one of my favorite movies of all time and one I never get tired of watching over and over, I decided it was fair to read the actual story behind the movie script written by none other than Maria itself.

You have all the details of the books below:

Book Synopsis Amazon Link

When his wife was murdered two years ago, Special Agent Levi Lazaro turned his back on everything he cared about. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. Now he's finally uncovered the identities of those who killed his wife—and he's ready to destroy them at any cost. He won’t let anything stand in his way—not even a beautiful NSA agent on a mission of her own.

Special Agent Selene Wolfe prides herself on being the best. Her fearlessness and quick-thinking make her the perfect person to take down a deadly terrorist cell. But she needs Levi’s help, and the moment he shows up, Selene knows her objectivity—and her heart—are in trouble.

As the two strike an uneasy alliance, Levi finds himself tormented by his desire for Selene—a feeling he thought long dead. But when their mission takes an unexpected turn, he finds himself at a crossroads. Can he put aside his need for revenge to save the woman who’s reawakened his soul?

Jamie Valentine is the wildly successful author of self-help books advocating transparency in every relationship. But when her widowed mother passes away unexpectedly, Jamie discovers her own life has been based on a lie. Angry and deeply betrayed, she sets out to find the truth—which may be in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay. Cutting her most recent book tour short, Jamie books a room at the Inn at Sinclair’s Point, just outside St. Dennis.

The death of Daniel Sinclair’s father forced him to take over the family inn, and his wife’s death left him a single parent of two children, so there’s little room for anything else in his life. His lovely new guest is intriguing, though, and he’s curious about the secret she’s clearly hiding. But in the end, Jamie and Dan could discover the greatest truth of all: that the search for one thing just might lead to the find of a lifetime—if you keep your heart open.

Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.

Also minus one is Trevor Black, a software entrepreneur who has recently lost his wife. Trevor is the last person to imagine himself, age thirty and on his own, raising a little boy like Leo—smart and sweet, but grappling constantly with his mother’s death, growing more and more closed off. Hoping a quiet summer on the Nantucket coast will help him reconnect with Leo, Trevor rents a guest house on the beautiful island from his friend Ivan Swenson.

Best-laid plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor realize they’ve mistakenly rented the same house. Still, determined to make this a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Swensons’ Nantucket house. But as the summer unfolds and the families grow close, Sophie and Trevor must ask themselves if the guest cottage is all they want to share.
As a movie location scout, picture-perfect is the name of the game. But her last project literally went up in flames, and her career is on the verge of flaming out. Greer has been given one more chance, if she can find the perfect undiscovered beach hideaway for a big-budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town called Cypress Key. There's one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino-which will be perfect for the film's explosive climax.
There's just one problem. Eben Thibadeaux, the town mayor, completely objects to Greer's plan. A lifelong resident of Cypress Key, Eben wants the town to be revitalized, not commercialized. After a toxic paper plant closed, the bay has only recently been reborn, and Eb has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. But Greer has a way of making things happen, regardless of obstacles. And Greer and Eb are way too attracted to each other for either of them to see reason.
Between an ambitious director and his entourage-including a spoiled "It Boy" lead actor-who parachute into town, a conniving local ex-socialite, and a cast of local fangirls and opportunists who catch the movie bug, nothing is going to be the same in Cypress Key. Now Greer is forced to make some hard choices: about the people and the town she's come to care about, and about her own life. True love is only for the movies, right? Can Greer find a way to be the heroine in her own life story?
With nearly 1,500 Broadway performances, six Tony Awards, more than three million albums sold, and five Academy Awards, The Sound of Music, based on the lives of Maria, the baron, and their singing children, is as familiar to most of us as our own family history. But much about the real-life woman and her family was left untold.
Here, Baroness Maria Augusta Trapp tells in her own beautiful, simple words the extraordinary story of her romance with the baron, their escape from Nazi-occupied Austria, and their life in America.
NAME: Emily Beale
RANK: Captain
MISSION: Fly undercover to prevent the assassination of the First Lady, posing as her executive pilot.

NAME: Mark Henderson, code name Viper
RANK: Major
MISSION: Undercover role of wealthy, ex-mercenary boyfriend to Emily

Their jobs are high risk, high reward
Protect the lives of the powerful and the elite at all cost. Neither expected that one kiss could distract them from their mission. But as the passion mounts between them, their lives and their hearts will both be risked...and the reward this time may well be worth it.

Going on vacation also means that I will be off grid for a couple of weeks, so even though I have some scheduled posts, I will only be back to active blogging in September. 

Oh, and I will obviously post reviews of all these books. Someday.

Until then, enjoy the rest of August and happy readings!


  1. Thanks for the reviews and I hope you enjoy all of them while you are away! I can't wait to read the reviews. Thanks so much for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

    1. Thank you for stopping by Michelle. I will most certainly publish those reviews when we return!

  2. If only I had time to read...sigh! I'm going to remember this list though because I'm getting closer to that point where my kids are old enough to let me relax! These look like some great books! Thanks so much for linking up with Share The Wealth Sunday.

    1. Thank you Lisa! Yes, older kids leave as a bit more time to read. But just a bit...I usually read more when I'm working than on vacation, because I read on the train to and from work. On vacation I end up reading early in the morning or late at night, when everyone is either still or already asleep...

  3. Great list! I think the sound of music book would be my top pick. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. I've had that one on my shelf for a while and never got round to read it, but I'm thinking it should be great too...Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Have a great vacation!!! I love vacations filled with books - the best kind. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday this week!

  5. I have Beach Town on my bookshelf and think it would make a great vacation read. Enjoy, this looks like a great stack! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup. Pinned to our linkup board and hope you join us again this weekend.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Tanya. Beach Town is great, don't miss it! I've finished it already, though I will only be posting a review either later this week or next week...


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