Summer Holiday Reads 2017!

This post is dedicated to all of the books I managed to read whilst on holiday in beautiful Crete! I should point out that I had hoped to read a lot more whilst over there, but we went during a heatwave so I had to set the books down in favour of the refreshing pool! However, here’s a little list of those that I did manage to read, and also a little review of my thoughts! (Don’t worry, it’s spoiler free!).
Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

I finished this book soooo quickly, I just couldn’t put it down! Beautifully and sensitively written, this book explores the case of a missing girl Katie, and the letters her old school teacher is receiving from a dead girl. I just cannot explain how much I loved this book, it was so interesting and really well written. I would 100% recommend this book!
 Trigger warning: slight mentions of rape and sexual abuse, but these are sensitively slight and not detailed accounts. 
Rating: 5/5 stars! 

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

I picked this up in the airport (I couldn’t fit any more books in my case!) and I wasn’t expecting much from it. But, again, this book had me gripped! It’s a story like none I’ve ever heard before, it’s original and touching, a mix between a heart warming story of a mother’s love and a story of a little boy who cannot let go of his past life. I absolutely adored this book, and will definitely be recommending it to everyone I know!
Rating: 5/5 stars! 
The Secrets Of Happiness by Lucy Diamond

Again, this book really surprised me! I’ve had this in my ‘tbr’ pile for longer than I care to admit, and the reason it stayed there for so long is that the blurb didn’t really draw me in. However, I finished all 400 odd pages of this book in a few hours, I just couldn’t put it down! It’s a nice, easy holiday read with love, sisters and secrets, and it really made me smile!
Rating: 4.5/5 stars!

Me, Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I know this is a film, and I know I have the film version of the book (which actually really annoys me) but I haven’t ever seen it! I wanted to read the book before watching the film, and I just haven’t got around to reading it until now. And, I’ll be honest, I was MASSIVELY disappointed. It’s not great, it’s not even good. The author’s attempts at constantly portraying a self conscious teen are highly annoying, and that’s coming from a self conscious teen. I didn’t even like any of the characters, the story line isn’t even really a story line, and the significant events aren’t built up at all. It just felt pointless. I kind of wish I’d have listened to the narrator who constantly reminds you that ‘this is a terrible book’, because it really is.
Rating: 1/5 stars
Have you read any of the books featured in this post? What’s your holiday/summer reading list looking like? Let me know in the comments!
I really hope you enjoyed this post, I’d love to hear if you are now inspired to read any of these books!
H x
Links to books:
Dear Amy
The Forgetting Time
The Secrets Of Happiness
Me, Earl and The Dying Girl



  1. Kayleigh Zara 12th July 2017 / 5:12 PM

    I actually really love the book for me earl and the dying girl! The film is a lot better but I did enjoy the book. Dear Amy sounds like a book I’d love too x
    Kayleigh Zara 🌿🌿

    • lifethroughtsg
      12th July 2017 / 8:46 PM

      Ooh really? I think I would like the film, but I think the book seemed bad to me because of all of the amazing books I’d read whilst away! X

  2. Llinos (@thelilaclinnet) 12th July 2017 / 9:23 PM

    I’ve been wondering about The Forgetting Time and Dear Amy, thanks for the recommendations!

  3. Abbey Louisa Rose (@abbeylouisarose) 13th July 2017 / 10:23 AM

    You’ve still read an impressive amount Hayley, well done you for being productive on your hols! Such a shame about Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl – I’m surprised it even got one star haha! Forgetting Time sounds wonderful, I’ll be adding that to my TBR list – I’ve set myself the goal of reading 20 books this summer and it’s not going too badly so far!
    Abbey 🐬

  4. Charlene McElhinney 13th July 2017 / 6:10 PM

    You’ve read a fair amount for being away, gurl! I haven’t read any of these but I love the look of Dear Amy! Definitely right up my street!
    I’ve been loving watching your Insta stories whilst you have been away! <3
    Charlene McElhinney

  5. wonderfullybookish 13th July 2017 / 11:38 PM

    I read Dear Amy last year and I really enjoyed it! I really want to read The Forgetting Time – I think my sister has it so I’ll have to borrow it from her. As for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, I bought it for like £2 in a Waterstones sale a while ago and it’s still sitting on my shelf!

  6. Sarah Griffin 16th July 2017 / 6:00 PM

    I’m actually off on my holidays this Thursday and I am trying so hard not to just bring my entire bookshelf with me! I don’t know how I am going to choose!

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