Top 5 Tuesday: Books with Holidays

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Happy Tuesday, book friends! It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Bionic Bookworm, now hosted by Meeghan Reads. If you’re interested in participating, check out their blog to get the details and the prompts for each week!

This week’s prompt is “books with a holiday.” I’m interpreting this to mean holiday as in trip or a vacation as we Americans call it, which I think is the intention? Either way, here’s my list of five books where folks get outside their day to day and take a trip!

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

I mean… do I even need to tell you about this one? Emily Henry’s People We Meet On Vacation falls solidly into my personal romance trope kryptonite–friends to lovers, on vacation. I love the premise of this one, with two friends who’ve taken an annual trip together for years, but stopped after a mysterious incident. Until they decide to give it another go. (I reviewed this one for Coffee Time Reviews, here).

One Night on the Island by Josie Silver

One Night on the Island is phenomenal, and I like that it’s a trip that doesn’t feature sunshine and beaches, well trodden vacation destinations. Instead, we get a remote Irish island with rough weather and narry a tourist trap to be seen. Chloe has traveled here in order to self-couple and write about it for her job, except there’s a mix up with the reservation and someone else happens to be staying in the cabin, too. (You can check out my full review here).

All Are Welcome by Liz Parker

Do destination weddings count as holidays? They do in my book! In All Are Welcome we see the perspectives of various guests at a destination wedding as secrets threaten to come out and potentially put a pause on happily ever after. (Full review here).

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Yes I am fudging it a bit choosing Well Met since relocating to another town to take care of your injured sister as Emily does in this book isn’t exactly a holiday. But a trip to the Ren Faire is my idea of a fantastic use of vacation, so I’m throwing this Ren Faire rom com into the mix. (My review back in the Amanda Reads era of the blog appears here).

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

A bit of a throwback for this one, but when I think summer and travel, I think Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. When I was younger, I reread this series every summer. Many of the girls travel in one way or another, so you get plenty of different settings to enjoy as the sisters and the pants make their journies.


This list was harder to come up with than I expected, since my brain immediately forgot the plot of every book I’ve ever read as soon as I saw the prompt. I used Goodreads to jog my memory and realized I don’t read as many books with holidays as I would’ve thought! Do you have any favorites I should add to my list? Let me know!

7 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Books with Holidays

  1. I loved The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, as well as People We Meet on Vacation and One Night on the Island! Great choices for this week’s topic!

  2. Ooh, I’ve only read Beach Read by Emily Henry, but I do want to read People We Meet on Vacation (and Book Lovers) by her as well. Hope you enjoyed this week’s topic (and yes, I did mean ‘vacation’ if that’s the US definition!!) 💕

    • It was a super fun topic! And I’m glad I got it right lol. Here, “holiday” refers to a date we celebrate, like Christmas or Halloween 🤷🏻‍♀️

      • Yeah, I suppose we do that too, but it’s more “the holidays” general, as opposed to “a holiday” where you would go away somewhere. Language is so funny.

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