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I had the wonderful chance to ask Kim Culbertson a Top 10 topic and I chose: TOP 10 BOOK VACATIONS! What is a book vacation you may ask? It's a book that takes you to a place in the world that you may want to go, may have already been or just generally super cool places. And so, I had over this post to her to tell you all about her book vacations!
I just had knee surgery so right now my primary view is the fluttering green maple leaves I can spy out my window. Not bad when laid up with a bum knee. Still, it’s an optimal time to talk about book vacations – those wonderfully drawn “place” novels that make for great escape, even when you’re weighted to a chair by an enormous bag of ice. Here are ten of my favorites, some YA and some adult reads, but all will send you somewhere rich in place and character. As you can see, I have a soft spot for the UK, islands, and coastlines.
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - An island off the coast of Massachusetts
- Moonglass by Jessi Kirby - California
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - London, England
- The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean - The Antarctic
- How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - London, England
- The Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery - Prince Edward Island, Canada
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - all over the United Kingdom
- A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy - Ireland
- Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan - Maine
- Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead - New England
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sourcebooks Fire published Kim’s award winning first YA novelSongs for a Teenage Nomad (2010, originally Hip Pocket Press, 2007) and her second YA novelInstructions for a Broken Heart (2011) which was named a Booklist 2011 Top Ten Romance Title for Youth and won the 2012 Northern California Book Award for YA Fiction. Her third YA novel Catch a Falling Star will be published by Scholastic on April 29, 2014. When she’s not writing for teens, she’s teaching them. She’s a college advisor and teaches creative writing at Forest Charter School. Kim wrote her eBook novella The Liberation of Max McTrue for her students who, over the years, have taught her much more than she has taught them. Kim lives in the Northern California foothills with her husband and daughter.
(Bio taken from her website)
ABOUT THE BOOK
A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.
Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter's town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam's girlfriend while he's in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn't at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what's real and what's fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds - her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?
Thank you so much to Kim Culbertson for providing a copy of her book and signing it to giveaway to you guys! This giveaway is US/CAN ONLY.