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Top Ten Tuesday: (Five) Vacations with an Agenda

Created by and with thanks to That Artsy Reader! This week’s theme is all about books we’ve read on holiday, but I don’t tend to do that–I have a bad habit of trying to squeeze so much into a holiday (writing research, future-home research, exploratory dog walks) that I have no time to read. So in that vein: here’s five bookish holidays that also had an agenda!


1. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Yes, technically, Olive and Ethan go on their respective siblings’ honeymoon because the bride and groom can’t, and it’s nonrefundable, so someone might as well. But I think it’s more like fate’s agenda, giving the bride and groom food poisoning so Olive and Ethan are given the chance to realise they’re made for each other.

2. You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry
Jet-setting to win over the secret love of your life? What romcom dreams are made of.

3. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Oh, Sookie. Only Sookie Stackhouse could class an undercover mission to find a kidnapped vampire as a holiday.

4. Austenland by Shannon Hale
An Austen-themed destination that turns its guests into Austen-type characters for a role playing holiday? So genius, I can’t believe it hasn’t been done in real life. (Has it?! Don’t tell me, because I’d be exactly like Jane, and go on the cheap package, then get mad at all the rules and get busted for not giving up my phone.)

5. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Rounding off with one that’s nothing BUT agendas! A blustery autumn trip to the seaside isn’t everyone’s top idea of a holiday, and poor Anne has to face off against everyone’s agenda for it–an entire party of people who want to use her as a sounding post or chaperone, punish her for breaking their heart, or get with the ex she’s still in love with. Dream vacation, this is not!


Do you prefer relaxed or active holidays?

28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: (Five) Vacations with an Agenda

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    1. (Also, I tried to reply to your TTT, but it keeps giving me an error message! Here’s what I was trying to say:

      Your time as an exchange student sounds amazing! And Simmer Down has such a promising cover–I hope you enjoy it 🙂 )


    1. 😂 same!! On my last holiday, I thought I could hack that by taking my Kindle, but then agonised over having to change my TBR (full of physical books). Didn’t even finish one book on holiday, and I’d already started it before I went. Go figure 😅

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