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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: On Vacation

I love Top Ten Tuesday, as you all well know, but some weeks I'm just not feeling the topic du jour.  A case in point?  This week's prompt:  The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover.  I don't have anything against the topic; it just feels like I'm constantly talking about my same favorite books over and over.  So, I started brainstorming fresh subjects.  Since President's Day was yesterday, I considered books about presidents, but politics is actually one of my least favorite things to read about.  The Monday holiday means those of us in the U.S. got to enjoy a three-day weekend, which got me thinking about vacation.  I've been on enough of them to know that things rarely go exactly as planned and sometimes go wholly, horribly, hilariously wrong.  Perfect vacations are no fun to read about, but disastrous ones?  Bring it on!  I wracked my brain for ten books I've read about vacations gone awry and couldn't come up with that many, but I found a whole slew that I'd like to pick up.  

Before we get to that, though, I want to encourage you to join in the TTT fun.  If you're looking for a way to get involved in the book blogging community, find new blogs to enjoy, and add great-sounding titles to your TBR list, then this is the meme for you!  Click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for a few instructions, then create your own post, and start checking out other people's lists.  Easy cheesy.

Okay, here we go with the Top Ten Vacation-Gone-Awry Novels I Would Like to Read (in no particular order):

1.  Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy—This suspenseful novel concerns two families who go on a cruise together.  While at a stop in Central America, the kids go missing, prompting their parents to turn on each other in their fear and guilt.  What happened to the children?  Will they be found alive, dead, or not at all?

2.  The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedland—Annette Feldman wants to celebrate her 70th birthday with all her children and grandkids, who haven't spent significant time together in more than ten years.  When she books them all on the same cruise, the forced family togetherness brings up family secrets, bitter rivalries, and plenty of teenage angst.  Stuck with each other for the foreseeable future, the Feldmans will make waves, but will they sink as a family or swim?  Sounds entertaining!

3.  Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt—This is another novel about a birthday celebration gone awry.  This time, two families are in Puerto Villarta for a relaxing getaway/birthday bash.  It doesn't take long, though, for tension to start creeping into paradise.  Will their "perfect" vacation be the thing that tears both families apart forever?

4.  The High Season by Judy Blundell—In order to afford their dream house by the sea, Ruthie and her ex-husband have to rent out their shared beachfront property during the summer.  When a group of rich, intrusive vacationers descend on her beach house and into her life, Ruthie experiences an unforgettable summer that will change her life.  

5.  The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen—A vintage ocean liner is making its final voyage, giving her passengers a chance to experience the throwback glamour of a 1950's luxury cruise.  It soon becomes apparent, however, that everything is not okay with the aging ship ...

6.  One Little Secret by Cate Holahan—Susan needs some time away, so she invites her new neighbors on a beach getaway with her and her husband.  As the couples get to know each other, secrets are shared and revealed.  One person says too much.  The next morning, one of them is found dead on the beach.  Whodunit?

7.  Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead—Gathered on an island to celebrate their daughter's wedding, the Van Meters are in for an eventful vacation ...

8.  Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan—This family drama features the Kellehers, who are gathering for their annual summer vacation at the beach.  It doesn't take long for tempers to rise, secrets to out, and frustrations to surface, leading to an unforgettable holiday gone awry.

9.  The River by Peter Heller—When two college buddies set out on a much-anticipated canoeing trip, their perfect vacation is threatened by an approaching wildfire.  After hearing a couple arguing nearby, they set off to warn them about the danger—only to discover that no one is there.  The next day, however, they spy a man paddling down the river alone.  Is it the same man they heard the night before?  If yes, where is his female companion?  A wilderness survival/mystery novel?  Yes, please!

10.  The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren—I've been seeing this vacation novel all around the book blogosphere.  It features a man and woman brought together by a wedding where everyone but them gets food poisoning.  With a free honeymoon holiday up for grabs, the sworn enemies embark on a trip to paradise.  They can get along well enough to masquerade as newlyweds for ten days in Hawaii, right?  Sounds like a fun contemporary romance.

There you have it, ten fictional vacations gone horribly wrong.  Have you read any of these novels?  Can you think of other titles that fit in the category that I need to read?  Have you ever experienced a holiday gone awry?  I'd love to hear from you.  Leave a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!
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