Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana, and for the back to school freebie post today, I’ve decided to talk about books set in boarding schools as I usually love that as a setting! Onto the post!
Today, since it’s a setting I find really fun in books (despite knowing 100% I’d HATE going to one, and that we don’t really have them in the UK), I’m going to be talking about 5 books I’ve really enjoyed that are set in summer camps. Onto the post!
How Hard Can Love Be?- This is the 2nd of the Spinster Club trilogy, which I adore. This one is narrated from Amber’s point of view, and sees her travel to America to stay at her mum and stepdad’s summer camp for the summer. I loved all the different activities and customs of the camp was , Amber was a fun narrator who made me laugh and the scenes we get between the 3 Spinsters were as excellent as ever, Amber’s relationship with her mum (who’s a recovering alchoholic) was really interesting but pretty heartbreaking and I absolutely loved the love interest Kyle and their romance.
Spells and Sleeping Bags– this is the 3rd book inthe All About Rachel series, which I read when I was younger and really loved. They’re about Miri and Rachel, who are teenage witches, and this one sees them head off to summer camp and Rachel face off against Liana, who seems to hate her for no apparent reason. I remember being really shocked when who Liana is was revealed and not much else, but if you like funny books blending magic and contemporary you’d probably enjoy this series.
Babysitters’ Summer Vacation– this is the 2nd Super Special, which means we get chapters from the perspective of each member of the club (and sometimes other characters who are only minor characters in other books) and also that it’s a bit longer than the main series/mysteries. This one takes place as they become summer camp counsellors, and while it’s not one of my favourites, I still enjoyed it. There’s always lots going on as each club member has a different storyline, and so much is packed in. An easy and enjoyable read, just like all the other Babysitters Club books!
Comet and the Champion’s Cup– this isn’t a typical summer camp, but it fits the definition and I love it so I couldn’t resist including it. It’s the 5th in the Pony Club Secrets series and follows Issie and her best friends Stella and Kate as they go to stay at Issie’s aunt’s farm to help run her new riding school. They also compete in a contest, and Issie bonds withthe titular Comet, a cheeky skwebald who instantly became my favourite horse of the series (joint with Angel anyway) when I read this. It also features some lovely romantic moments between Issie and Aidan, and the riding school is really fun.
The Names They Gave Us– first of all, this book has one of THE most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen and I bought it without even reading the description, so learning it featured a summer camp was a nice surprise. It’s about Lucy, who’s sent to be a counsellor at a summer camp for troubled children and teens, mainly due to not wanting to disappoint her mum, who’s just been diagnosed with cancer for a 2nd time. I loved the friendships she forms there, the supporting cast, how positive and lovely the camp was and how much it helped everyone attending, and of course the romance between
Lucy and Jones.
If you’d like to see more of my summery posts, you can read the Summer Book Tag here!
What are your favourite books set in summer camps? Do you agree you’d hate to go to one, or would you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!
Today I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, which the theme of today is books set in other countries. I absolutely love travelling elsewhere via books since I don’t do it in real life, so I had lots of fun with this prompt! As I wrote a guest post on this last year, I’ve mainly included books I’ve read recently, but there are also a few I never shut up about! Technically, I could have chosen almost every book I read for this since I don’t live in England, but I’ve not cheated…
Today, I’m taking part in the #sixforsunday meme, which is hosted by Steph. I took part in lots of these in my first weeks of blogging but haven’t really since I started scheduling my posts in advance, until Steph announced all of the topics last week! So today, I’m going to be writing about some of my favourite fictional worlds 😊
Let’s get on with the post!
1. Demidova in Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren- This is an icy, snowy, Russian-inspired setting that felt phenomenally developed. I cannot WAIT to discover even more of it in the sequel next year!
2. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- I feel like this is going to be on every list this week, as it should be. I was very late to Harry Potter (aged 14) and I still wished with every chapter that I could just jump in and live in this world. Going back for rereads (which I’ve done about 5 or 6 times in a year and a half), it really is like going home.
3. Zavania from the Worlds of Wishes series by Carol Barton– This series is so, so amazing and it makes me sad how few people have heard of it! Zavania is a beautiful kingdom and the adventures the characters go on show this wonderfully, and are also just perfect middle grade fantasy adventures. I really must reread these again soon!
4. Alternate London from the Lockwood and Co series by Jonathan Stroud- This series is one of my favourites in general, and the remaining of London is so spooky and imaginative. I wouldn’t want to live there, but by goodness it’s good fun to read about it!
And now for a few non fantasy worlds to finish off…
5. Castle Key from the Adventure Island series by Helen Moss- I can’t tell you how much I’d love to live on Castle Key. It’s filled with brilliant characters and gorgeous beaches and yummy places to eat, and plenty of mysteries to solve. It’s right up my street (how I wish I meant this literally! 😭).
6. Stoneybrook from the Babysitters Club series by Ann M Martin- Even though the BSC books are filled with plot holes/dodgy timelines, I love them. They’re basically my ultimate comfort books, and I’ve devoured them so many times I really do feel like I’m a resident of Stoneybrook and I’m right there with the characters.
Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear your favourite fictional settings in the comments below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl
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