Holiday Reading: Zakynthos

I’ve just come back from a glorious week away in Tsilivi, a gorgeous resort in Zakynthos (or Zante as many of us call it.) Anybody who knows me will confirm that I love a beach holiday, so much so that I usually take 2-3 every year. Zakynthos is my third trip of 2019 and wraps up another year of fantastic travel experiences.

One of the many things I enjoy about a seaside holiday is getting to spend a lot of time reading by the pool or on a beach – the ultimate relaxation in my opinion. On my most recent trip, I managed three very interesting, varied reads.

What Would Mary Berry Do? – Claire Sandy
This book has been on my TBR list for longer than I care to admit and came highly recommended from a family member. I do enjoy a good chick-lit, although I’ve found I have to be in a certain mood for them.

What Would Mary Berry Do? definitely ticked all the right boxes for an ideal beach read. It was easy to follow, the characters were really likeable and it made me laugh out loud.

I think it’s important to remember that a book doesn’t have to be groundbreaking or award-winning to be considered successful. This story was everything I thought it would be; funny, heartwarming and most importantly, thoroughly enjoyable.

GoodReads rating – 4/5 stars

Truth or Die – Katerina Diamond
When I first bought Truth or Die, I didn’t realise it was the fifth one in a series. This concerned me in case I needed to read them in order. However, I needn’t have worried as it really didn’t matter very much. I could tell there were some references to previous books, but it worked perfectly well as a stand alone book. 

I’ll be posting a full review of this book soon, so won’t go into too much detail other than to say I absolutely loved it. It was exciting, fast-paced and there were so many twists involved that I never knew what was coming next. I’ll definitely be looking to purchase more Katerina Diamond books very soon.

GoodReads rating – 5/5 stars

The Taking of Annie Thorn – C.J. Tudor
With C.J. Tudor being compared to Stephen King, my expectations for this novel were extremely high and I’m happy to say that the book definitely lived up to the hype.

It’s a fantastic thriller that was really quite frightening in parts. The creepy village of Arnhill was the perfect setting for such a spooky story and I found the protagonist, Joe Horne, was an ideal mix between likeable and spine-chilling.

If I was to offer one small piece of criticism, I’d have liked more focus on Annie towards the end of the book. I still felt I had one too many unanswered questions when the novel ended. (I’ve had to keep that point very vague to avoid any spoilers.)

GoodReads rating – 4/5 stars 

Have you read any of the above books? I’d love to hear what you thought of them.