People We Meet on Vacation

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Published by Berkley Books on May 11, 2021

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Adult

Pages: 364

But most of us are too scared to even ask what we want, in case we can’t have it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Oh, BookTok. You’ve brought me many poolside reads this summer as this Emily Henry pick is the latest (and probably last) of the season.

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The House Across the Lake

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

Published by Dutton on June 21, 2022

Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Adult


No matter how much you look, something just beneath the surface will always remain hidden. I should know. I’ve been watching.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I want to say with a decent amount of certainty that this is my first thriller. My confidence level is at about an 80%. Regardless, I quite enjoyed this book. It has a little bit of everything mixed in: thriller, suspense, and a bit of supernatural.

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Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons on August 14, 2018

Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Romance

Pages: 368

How much do you trade to defeat loneliness?

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is has been on my TBR unofficially for probably 3 years but officially the fire was under me when the trailers for the upcoming movie started releasing. It was everything I expected it to be but was still worth the read.

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The Unhoneymooners

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Published by Gallery Books on May 14, 2019

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Adult

Pages: 400

And I get it. As much as I hate him . . . I think I’m starting to like us.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow. I really, really loved this. To preface my shock, this is one of the many contemporaries I saw last summer on BookTok that was added to my list and now a year later I’m finally getting to them. Coming off of Evelyn Hugo, this was a pleasant surprise. Not to mention I absolutely devoured this book poolside in 5 hours. It was just romance crack and everything I’ve been wanting.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Published by Atria Books on June 13, 2017

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, LGBT, Adult

Pages: 389

It’s always been fascinating to me how things can be simultaneously true and false, how people can be good and bad all in one, how someone can love you in a way that is beautifully selfless while serving themselves ruthlessly.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This was probably one of the most hyped books of 2021. And I’m not going to say it lived up to the hype, but it also wasn’t a disappointment either. What is a contemporary on its face has a lot behind the cover you wouldn’t expect from a typical beach read. Which this totally was and I enjoyed reading it next to a body of water over Memorial Weekend.

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Crush (Crave, #2)

Crush by Tracy Wolff

Published by Entangled: Teen on September 29, 2020

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal

Pages: 704

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

“Sometimes life hands you more than a new hand of cards to play—it hands you a whole new deck, maybe even a whole new game.”

This series is somehow mostly predictable but hard to put down. And I think that’s the charm.

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November 9

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Published by Atria Books on November 10, 2015

Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 310

She’s not the kind of girl you choose your battles for. She’s the kind of girl you fight to the death for.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

My friends and I started a book club and this is the inaugural book. If I’m being honest, I thought the cover of the book (at first glance) was blood so I was fully expecting a murder mystery book. But I forgot that’s not what Colleen Hoover specializes in. She specializes in romances and she does them extremely well. The only book of hers that I’ve read is Never Never and it gripped me until the end. One the other hand, November 9 gripped me through the entirety of the book but lost me at the end.

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Conversations with Friends

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Published by Hogarth on July 11, 2017

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 307

Everyone’s always going through something, aren’t they? That’s life, basically. It’s just more and more things to go through.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

For reasons both innocent and sinister, I was lured into reading Conversation with Friends and I must say in all of its unconventional form, I really, really enjoyed it. Much more than I initially thought I would.

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Munro (Immortals After Dark, #18)

Munro by Kresley Cole

Published by Valkyrie Press on January 25, 2022

Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy, Adult

Pages: 432

“All’s fair in love and Lore.”

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Paranormal novels have really been capturing me lately in a way they haven’t in a long time, and Munro came along at the perfect time.

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Crave (Crave, #1)

Crave by Tracy Wolff

Published by Entangled Teen on April 7, 2020

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal

Pages: 536

“There’s not much to be afraid of when you’ve already lost everything that matters.”

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a vampire book – well… The Awakening aside. Okay. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a new vampire book. Crave was an incredibly fun read that doesn’t take itself seriously, isn’t afraid to reference other vampire books, and was the type of fun I got out of reading Twilight for the first time in 2008.

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