Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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The 10 Books I'll Be Reading This Summer.

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I'm feeling pretty damn ambitious when it comes to my reading this summer. 

I'm aiming for 10 books. With 6 weeks of a Summer Holiday to get through, even though I will still be working throughout the break, one of the many things in my Summer Bucket List to enjoy getting my nose in a book. And also I have decided to read books on my Kindle instead of physical books gathering dust on my bookshelf. 

I've got my books from a fantastic free website, NetGalley. NetGalley helps readers of influence discover and recommend new books to their audiences. It's great for people like myself as a blogger who enjoys sharing their thoughts and reviews on new books. It's all for free too so if your someone who reviews books on their Instagram or Blog this site is perfect for you. 

This Summer to I will be putting the book titles into a jar and picking them out at random whenever I'm ready to get stuck into the next book. 

So without further ado, I want to share with you the 10 Books I'll Be Reading This Summer. 

When The Curtain Falls - Carrie Hope Fletcher
This is the brand new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author and YouTuber Carrie Hope Fletcher. This new romance novel begins in 1952 when two lovers meet in secret at the Southern Cross theatre, a beautiful theatre in the very heart of London's West End. Life in the theatre doesn't always go according to plan and both tragedy and heartache are waiting in the wings for all the players. Now almost seventy years later a new production of When the Curtain Falls arrives at the theatre and brings together Oscar Bright and Olive Green and their budding romance. Strange things begin to happen and they learn about the ghost that's haunted the theatre since 1952, a ghost that can only be seen on one night of the year. However, the ghost is appearing more often and it's causing havoc on Oscar and Olive. Can they save themselves before history repeats itself and tragedy strikes once more?

The Last - Hanna Jameson
Jon Keller was on a trip to Switzerland when the world ended. More than anything he wishes he didn't ignore his wife Nadia's last message. Only twenty people remain in Jon's hotel. They are far from the nearest city, they wait and they survive. Then one day the body of a girl is found. It's clear that she has been married which means that someone in the hotel is the killer.. paranoia descends and Jon decides to investigate. How far is he willing to go in pursuit of justice? And what happens if the killer doesn't want to be found?

How To Be A Grown Up - Daisy Buchanan 
If you're a fan of Bryony Gordon and Caitlin Moran then you'll love this book which acts as a comforting, witty, supportive tool for twenty-something women who want to discover how they can reach the end of the 'fun' decade knowing exactly who they are. Daisy Buchanan is an award-winning journalist, Grazia agony aunt, and a real-life big sister. I'm really excited to read Daisy's advice that is set to be emotional and practical. 

Promise Me - Harlan Coben
This book is the eighth novel in a series of books centred around crime solver and sports agent named Myron Bolitar. I hadn't realised this was part of a novel until I did my research but from reading other reviews of this book, you can pick up wherever in the series and it's still good to read. In this book, Myron Bolitar is determined to help keep his friends' children safe and so he makes two of the neighbourhood girls promise that they are ever in trouble but too afraid to call their parents, they must call him. Of course, a call comes and true to his word Myron picks up one of the girls and drives her to a quiet cul-de-sac where she says her friend lives. The next day the girl's parents discover that their daughter is missing. Myron Bolitar was the last person to see her.

Myron must find her before she's gone forever.

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The Woman in the Window - A J Finn
Anna Fox is a woman living alone - a recluse in her New York City home, she is unable to venture outdoors. So instead she spends her day drinking wine, watching old movies, recalling happier times and spying on her neighbours. The Russells are new in town and move across the way from Anna's house. They are the perfect family. But then one night whilst Anna is gazing out of her window she sees something she shouldn't and her world begins to crumble - and shocking secrets are laid bare. It's described as a diabolically gripping thriller where no one and nothing is what it seems.

*Order your copy of The Woman in the Window on Amazon.

The Hunger - Alma Katsu
This book is based on the true story of the Donner Party, The Hunger is said to be a eerie, shiver-inducing exploration of human nature, pushed to its breaking point. It follows a party of pioneers as they come to a crossroads having travelled west for weeks. It's down to their leader, George Donner to make a choice. They face two diverging paths which lead to the same destination. One is well-documented but the other is untested and rumoured to be shorter. In their quest they'll be driven to the brink of madness, the ill-fated group will struggle to survive and minor disagreements amongst the group will turn into violent confrontations. Then the children begin to disappear. I really like the unpredictability of this story and feel as though it will keep me gripped on every page.

*Order your copy of The Hunger on Amazon. 

Lights in the Distance - Daniel Trilling
This book is written by acclaimed journalist Daniel Trilling as he draws on years of reporting to build a portrait of the refugee crisis, seen through the eyes of the people who experienced it first-hand. In this book we visit camps and hostels, sneak into detention centres and delve into Daniel's own family history of displacement. The book, Lights in the Distance is described as a uniquely powerful and illuminating exploration of the nature and human dimensions of the crisis.

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Bloody Brilliant Women - Cathy Newman
I love this kind of book and so this Summer I'm going to get stuck into this collection of all the brilliant women we didn't learn about in school, but should have. Cathy Newman has written about pioneering women who defied the odds to make careers for themselves and alter the course of modern history. Some of the women in the book are household names but others have faded into oblivion, their personal and collective achievements just mere footnotes in history. I love reading about important women in our history so can't wait to read this one.

*Order your copy of Bloody Brilliant Women on Amazon. 

The Marriage Pact - Michelle Richmond
Alice and Jake are newlyweds and a picture-perfect couple. Alice who was once a singer in a well-known rock band is now a successful lawyer. Jack is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice's clients they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact. The goal of The Pact is to keep marriages happy and intact. But all isn't what it seems and The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce their rules. It turns out for Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare. I like reading books which are a bit different for me to get my hands on, I can't wait to see what The Marriage Pact has to offer.

*Order your copy of The Marriage Pact on Amazon. 

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night - Jen Campbell
This book is a collection of twelve haunting stories/modern fairy tales that are brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls. We encounter A girl who runs a coffin hotel on a remote island, a boy who is worried his sister has lost souls, a couple who are rewriting the history of the world and mermaids who are on display t the local aquarium. I definitely was drawn to this by the cover rather than the context but still excited to see what it has on offer!

*Order your copy of The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night on Amazon. 

What's on your list of reading this summer?

If you enjoyed reading this, you may enjoy reading my Summer Bucket List.

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  1. Ooo amazing selection, The Marriage Pacy and The Last are both on my TBR list, but I'm definitely adding the rest of these, so much variety I love it!
    Hels xx

    1. Thanks hun, I think I have a great variety too! I purposely saw what I had downloaded recently and picked 10 very different books so I can't compare them! :) xx

  2. Great list! I've had the marriage pact sat on my bedside locker for months waiting to be read. Hope you make it through your list. It takes me ages to get through a novel these days!

  3. The Woman In The Window looks so good - it's on my TBR pile. I read The Marriage Pact a little while ago now, and found it very very odd. Not good, just weird! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x


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