Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Get Away Reads: Ice Cream and Chemistry Edition

Every summer we like to do something special. This year our bloggers will be giving you their picks for their favorite books to bring on a vacation. Whether you're heading out on a long car trip or catching a flight to paradise, we have the books to put in your carry-on.

Today Katie shares her picks for vacation must-reads!

Whether you’re still mentally on summer vacation or already back in the classroom, these end of summer romances should be on your reading list.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
It’s said that people come to Florence for a number of reasons, but they stay for two: love and gelato. Lina came because her mother passed away and she’s been sent to Italy for the summer to get to know the father she didn’t even know existed. She has no interest in staying, although even she has to admit the gelato is pretty spectacular.

But then in between plotting with her best friend how to get home, meeting her next-door-neighbor Ren, and grappling with the prospect of spending the rest of her summer living in a cemetery (seriously), Lina is given her a journal from when her mother lived in Italy, which opens up a mystery and an adventure that may just help Lina figure out why she’s there and where she should be when summer ends.

In the tradition of Anna and the French KissLove & Gelato is filled with visits to famous European landmarks, a delicious cast of new friends from around the globe, and a very sweet romance. If you need one last summer vacation far from here, pick this one up.

Then again, if you like your settings a bit closer to home and prefer secret notes to secret journals, P.S. I Like You is the perfect back-to-school read.

Lily doesn’t like Chemistry, and so to survive she starts scribbling song lyrics on her desk. When someone replies and actually seems to share her taste in music and sense of humor, Chemistry suddenly gets much more interesting. As she’s narrowing down who her mystery Chemistry pen pal could be, she’s also dealing with the joys (and chaos) of a big family, learning to overcome her fears of opening up and sharing her music, and a… complicated… relationship with her best friend’s ex-boyfriend. Lily is a quirky, sassy leading lady, who knows who she is but is still learning how to trust others by sharing herself.

This book is reminiscent of Pretty in Pink meets Much Ado About Nothing. And I promise it’s a mashup that works. 

More to read:

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Post Card Fridays: Buongiorno Italy

Friday Lit Spotlight: Anna and the French Kiss? Yes, Please!

Up and Coming: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

From the Archives: Duckie Returns


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