16 Summer Reads For Your Holiday

One of the best things about a holiday is the extra reading time as you escape the daily routines for a bit more of a relaxed pace. Whether you’re planning a few weeks in a coastal resort or a short break in an exciting city destination, take time out to indulge in a new book. Here are a few of my recommendations.

1. For The Beach

Who doesn’t love a good page-turner while relaxing on a perfectly positioned sun lounger? The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins is great if you’re looking for a crime thriller while My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing has been described by Stylist magazine as 'the most gripping psychological thriller of 2019'. For a different pace, check out Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner. Published just last month, Weiner tells the story of two sisters in 1950s America who, with their different dreams and different paths, offers answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?

2. For The Adventure Of A Lifetime

There’s nothing more freeing that traversing the foothills of the Himalayas or doing a walking safari in Zimbabwe. Let your mind wander even further with some of these novels set in incredible destinations. The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo was a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick and takes you back to 1930s colonial Malaya. You can experience the sights and sounds of Morocco without ever setting foot in the county by picking up Tangerine by Christine Mangan, although I guarantee you’ll be booking your flight after reading it. And finally Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide is a humorous collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison.

3. For The City Escape

Amongst all the sightseeing, indulge in some literature that’s as compelling as your adopted city. The Whisper Network by Chandler Baker will certainly get you thinking (and talking) about the challenges women still face in the workplace while the Orchid And The Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes, set in New York and London, is one of Cosmopolitan's books of the year. If you can wait until August the highly-anticipated sixth novel in Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With Dragon Tattoo crime fiction phenomenon will be out titled The Girl Who Lived Twice. Finally, I’m delighted to share that my own novel, The Perfect Lie will also be out the same month.

4. For The Spa or Yoga Retreat

If you’re lucky enough to escape for the ultimate in relaxation, then something a little more light-hearted will be the perfect travel companion. If you’re looking for a story of lust, scandal, and entertainment, check out City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert who takes you back to 1940s New York for some fun and frolics. Or why not try Second Chances by Kendra Smith – this heartwarming, emotional tale is ideal summer reading. Finally, The Postcard by Zoe Folbigg is the sequel to the phenomenal bestselling The Note.

5. For The Family Holiday

Speaking from experience, a family holiday with young children is not always the most opportune time for reading but rope in a babysitter and curl up with After The End by Clare Mackintosh – an emotional read that is uplifting, powerful, and full of hope. If you can only manage a quick half hour break, then short stories are brilliant for hard-working parents everywhere. Roar by Caroline Ahern is sharp and clever, similar to Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell - nine short fiction stories full of magic and wonder.

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