We all love getting lost in a good book on holiday, but sometimes it’s hard to know which ones deserve to take up valuable space in your luggage. Here is a list of 10 of the best reads to take along on your next trip. Whether you like romance or drama, action or comedy, we’ve got it covered.
A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
Why not spend some downtime learning about the fascinating planet we live on? Bill Bryson has taken information that is usually relegated to the pages of dusty old text books and transformed it into a masterpiece full of witty writing and an astounding amount of information.
Beginner’s Greek – James Collins
Wouldn’t the flight be so much more interesting if you ended up sitting next to the future love of your life? In Beginner’s Greek that’s exactly what happens to Peter Collins, who promptly manages to lose his would-be soul mate’s phone number and almost ruins their love affair. What follows is a rollercoaster ride of chance meetings, romance and betrayal that will keep you enthralled every step of the way.
Tony and Susan – Austin Wright
The quirky yet highly effective ‘book within a book’ format of Austin Wright’s Tony and Susan means you’re effectively getting two novels for the price (and weight) of one. It tells the tale of Susan, who reads a novel by her ex-husband and begins to notice some startling similarities between the story and her life. You’ll be gripped by both threads within the book, which offer double the excitement of your average holiday read.
Everyman – Philip Roth
Philip Roth’s Everyman starts with the death of the protagonist, as his friends and family attend his funeral. The remainder of the book looks back on his life, as he considers his regrets and what he should have done differently. You will come away with a clear message that not a second in life should be wasted, which is the perfect mindset for making the most of your holiday.
Vertical Run – Joseph Garber
For lazy beach days, pack an action novel like Vertical Run to liven things up. When ex-solider Dave turns up to work one day he is met by a special-ops team who are trying to kill him for reasons he can’t fathom. This is a rip-roaring page-turner that never lets up with the action.
Travelling Light – Kate Nivison
Sometimes all you want on a holiday is a book that you can quickly browse for 10 minutes before putting it down and getting back to the trip of a lifetime. If this sounds like you, Kate Nivinson’s Travelling Light should be right up your street. Part collection of short stories, part series of non-fiction travel writing, Nivison’s light and breezy writing style will offer you short bursts of entertainment that are perfect for dipping in and out of.
Kiss Heaven Goodbye – Tasmina Perry
Kiss Heaven Goodbye begins with a trip to an island paradise, which is suddenly ripped apart by a gruesome murder that tests the friendships of the four main characters to the limit for years to come. The Caribbean setting and mysterious murder make this the perfect book for the beach, and might even have you looking nervously over your shoulder as you read in the sun.
Wings, The Journey Home – Elizabeth Emily Hicks and William Raymond Hicks
A story that will be loved by children and adults alike, Wings is a great book to pack if you are travelling as a family. Ben is a baby eagle who loses his family and starts upon a long and scary journey full of trials and tribulations. This heart-warming tale is impossible to put down, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself reading it in one long session full of tears and smiles in equal measure.
Just After Sunset – Stephen King
Another book that is perfectly suited to dipping in and out of on holiday, this collection of short stories by the master of horror, Stephen King, is an absolute must-read if you want to get your heart pounding and your mind racing. King effortlessly switches between horror and humour, whilst managing to touch on almost every emotion in between, to create quick-fire stories you will want to read again and again.
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Høeg
This whodunit will have you racking your brains as you try to piece together the ice-based mystery of a young boy’s supposedly accidental death. Smilla, the boys neighbour and world’s leading snow expert, begins to investigate the incident. Read this book on a winter holiday and the crisp cool air will serve to enhance the story and draw you in further than you ever thought possible.
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