Personally I believe books are as essential to a holiday as your passport! I remember using my two week summer holiday as an excuse to take part in some unorganised readathon where I seemed to compete against myself to clock up the most books I could devour in one holiday. My selection of beach reads would add some serious weight to my bursting suitcase (long before I got my sweaty mitts on a kindle) and I would sit by the pool or on the warm sand devouring book after book forgetting about the daily stresses of life back home.
For me a beach holiday or a lazy day spent in the park or back garden is perfect for some R&R and to unleash your inner bookworm. I am going away for a week to the south of France on a family holiday soon and thought I would share with you what is on my Summer reading list and what I recommend for you to grab a copy of.
If you like : To dip in and out of short stories
I loved the first Sunlounger anthology enjoying the feeling of being taken to far flung exotic destinations as I sat in my bedroom. Jam-packed with the cream of the crop of womens fictions writers including my amazing mentor Rosie Blake, whose short tales will inspire you to grab your passport even if you had no plans to leave the country. The hotly anticipated second anthology has just been released and it is currently in the Amazon Summer sale for a tiny 99p – a blooming bargain if you ask me!
If you like: Beautifully descriptive scenes
I read this when I was under the weather the other week as Clarke’s beautifully written words easily pulled me into the worlds of sisters Mia and Katie, definitely aiding my recovery process! The mixture of family ties, exploring why we travel plus some hidden secrets and lies makes for a compelling page turner.
If you like: The latest chick lit
I have been a fan of the way Lindsey Kelk writes honest, real and hilarious books for years now and I think she is getting better with each new release. What A Girl wants is a follow up to About A Girl where Kelk teasingly left us on the edge determined to find out if the lead character Tess would pick perfect on paper Charlie or cocky love God Nick.
If you like: The celeb author
You know you could easily dislike someone who is married to a celebrity, lives in a gorgeous house, has just had a baby and looks freaking beautiful and can actually write. Yep the green eyed monster came out in me but as I read Giovanna Fletcher’s (married to Tom from McFly btw) first novel Billy and Me I realised this girl has talent and didn’t get the book deal based on her connections alone. From the interviews I have seen with her and the rave reviews her latest book has received she seems like a genuinely talented writer and lovely lady.
If you like: The follow up
From the author who loves lengthy titles such as his previous hit novel: ‘The 100-year-old man who jumped out of the window and disappeared’ comes this latest release. The 100 year old man is currently being turned into a film which I cannot wait to see as I fell in love with the lead character, Allan Karlsson, when I read this book last year. Jonasson’s latest book has received mixed reviews with some saying the translation from his native tongue to English loses some of the natural prose but I am looking forward to making my own mind up.
If you like: Young Adult Fiction
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year you will have heard about/read the book/seen the film ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. I told you about my love for this book here and also how I may have trekked round Amsterdam trying to recreate certain chapters. It is by far the best selling young adult fiction book Green has written but I want to get lost in his wonderful way with words once more so will be trying Paper Towns, which is also being made into a film apparently.
If you have read any of the books I am recommending or taking away on holiday with me then I would love to know what you thought! Or share with me what’s made your summer reading list.