Suns Out Books Out Read-a-thon & Printable Bookmarks
Hello! I was a little late to the party, but just wrapped up the Suns Out Books Out Read-a-thon and wanted to share my thoughts on the books I read and the read-a-thon. I also created some fun printable bookmarks! This was my first time participating in a read-a-thon, but I am already planning the next one. I had so much fun reading these books and creating my instagram posts! It really put me in a summery state of mind and I feel like summer has finally begun. I also included the movies I decided to watch after reading the books, so continue reading to find out more!
1. Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
I thought this was a perfect first read for a summer themed read-a-thon! It follows 6 characters as they try to escape the world for a couple weeks on a deserted island. However, this island has a dark history of ship wrecks and cannibalism. The characters’ histories are revealed throughout the book as we discover how & why they ended up on this island. I’ve heard reviews that the pacing of the book is quite slow and I can see where that is coming from, but I really appreciated feeling like I was just hanging out on the beach. It was also quite suspenseful for me knowing that something is going to go down by the end. I also like that you are able to slowly figure out the twists right before they are revealed, I don’t like when they all come out of nowhere. I gave this book 5/5 for the very beachy vibes throughout the book and the twists that happen by the end. I also really enjoyed Rachel Hawkins’ prior book, The Wife Upstairs and there are definitely some similar themes that stand out to me between the two books. I also had a super fun time creating a printable matching bookmark!
Movie Pairing: Sweetheart, 2019
2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – recommended by Alexandra Roselyn
This book follows a super rich family on the island that they own and spend the summer each year. The majority of the book follows Cadence at 17 years old and her relationship with her older cousins, The Liars. She knows she had an accident when over the summer 2 years ago, but she can’t remember what happened, or the majority of that summer. Slowly, throughout the book things start to become clearer as she remembers what happened that summer. I didn’t enjoy the majority of the book, it felt to me like the book focused on rich people problems, like hiding things from their family and the pressure parents put on their children. That being said, it was a very fast read and still interesting. I would still say you should read until the end because things take an unexpected turn and the book suddenly becomes much more interesting! I almost would like to re-read it knowing what happens at the end. But, I don’t think I will be picking up the prequel as I just am not too invested in the characters.
Movie Pairing: A Perfect Getaway, 2009
3. Beach Read by Emily Henry
This is the last book I was able to get to for the weeklong read-a-thon and I wasn’t quite able to finish it within the week. I don’t typically read romance books and it is a bit long at 358 pages. But I actually really enjoyed it! I thought the characters were really well developed and there was much more going on in their lives beyond the romance. I also found myself actually laughing out loud throughout the book and although there wasn’t too many beach vibes, it just made me happy to read. I also picked up Book Lovers by Emily Henry since I enjoyed this book so much! Check out the printable bookmark I created for this book as well!
Movie Pairing: 50 First Dates, 2004
Thanks for reading! I would really love any other beachy book recommendations you have or your thoughts on any of these books! Stay tuned for my next read-a-thon in the next couple weeks.