Reading has been one of my favourite hobbies ever since I first learnt to read; I’d always have a book in my hand, whether it was on a car journey, on holiday or at a family gathering that I didn’t really want to attend…
Since I’ve got older however, I find myself having less time to read, and inside opting for the mindless task of scrolling through Instagram for hours on end. I do still read many blog posts on a daily basis, but it’s just not quite the same as sitting down with a hot cup of tea and a good book.
The one time and place I find myself reading a lot more again however, is when I’m on holiday and my last few holidays to Morzine and Corfu have seen me rekindle my love for reading again. So with that in mind, here are my recommendations for the ultimate holiday reading list.
Just a couple of weeks before I went to Morzine with my family, I was very kindly contacted by the lovely people at eShores who invited me to take part in a Bloggers Book Swap whereby they sent me a bunch of book-related goodies and in return I sent them my recommendations of my favourite holiday reads.
I was lucky enough to receive all the essential reading items to make my holiday a book lovers’ success; a reading light, a magnetic book mark, a tote bag plus a number of other items that were all perfect for taking on holiday with me. I even received a copy of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine which was recommended to me by another blogger!
It was hard for me to narrow it down to just a few books that I love that are related to travel so in today’s post I want to share with you my ultimate holiday reading list in the hope that next time you jet off somewhere new, you’ll be tempted to pick up one of these awesome reads!
Here are my go-to authors whenever I’m travelling.
I’ve read a number of Rebecca’s books over the years including Bad Sisters, Divas and most recently, Bad Twins. Rebecca’s writing style is sexy, dangerous and thrilling and her books always have me on edge without being too thought-provoking for a holiday.
They’re easy to read but the storylines are always incredibly captivating and they make for the perfect poolside companion. Every book I’ve read so far features a sultry protagonist who’s both compelling and conniving and I love the way she portrays each and every character.
I’d thoroughly recommend Rebecca Chance’s novels for your holiday as they can be read while on a plane, by the pool or while lounging on a beach.
Sophie Kinsella has been my favourite author for many years now, ever since I first became with the Shopaholic series. I’ve read every single one of her books and I’ve loved each and every one of them.
The Confessions of a Shopaholic series are arguably my favourite books of all time and I can seriously vouch for them being the perfect summer holiday read. They’re funny, witty and incredibly relatable and I have an intense love for the way Sophie writes. In fact, Sophie’s books are one of the main reasons that I’ve always wanted to be an author so bad; they’ve been a constant source of inspiration to me over the years!
If you’re looking for a great holiday read I’d really recommend the Shopaholic series, I’ve Got Your Number, Sleeping Arrangements and The Undomestic Goddess.
Lindsey Kelk is also one of my absolute favourite authors of all time and I truly adore all of her fictional novels. I began reading the ‘I Heart’ series when I was pretty young and since they’re all related to travel, you can see why I was so obsessed with them.
The protagonist of the series finds herself in places such as New York (my absolute fave), Paris, Vegas and London and each and every place is described wonderfully, with the storyline fitting in to the scene effortlessly.
I really couldn’t recommend Lindsey’s books enough, and some of her standalone novels such as About A Girl, What A Girl Wants and A Single Girl’s To-Do List are also firm favourites of mine.
Of course, I couldn’t write this list and not feature the queen of writing herself, J.K. Rowling.
The Harry Potter series is an absolute must-read for anyone who hasn’t already read it (although if you haven’t, have you been living under a rock for the last twenty years?!). The Harry Potter books are perfect for taking on holiday with you as they’re sure to keep you company on a long plane journey or while you spend hours relaxing on the beach.
They’re also the kind of books you could read again and again and never get bored of; the storyline is just absolutely fascinating and while I’m completely obsessed with the movies, nothing compares to the original storylines of the books.
Some other authors that are on my ultimate holiday reading list are:
Cecelia Ahern – P.S. I Love You, Where Rainbows End, The Year I Met You
Adele Parks – Love Lies, Tell Me Something, About Last Night
Jenny Colgan – Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe, Christmas At The Cupcake Cafe, Little Beach Street Bakery
Melissa Hill – Something From Tiffany’s, All Because Of You, Please Forgive Me
Naturally, most of these books are complete chick-lits but that’s pretty much the only genre of book that I ever read and I’m not ashamed of it. Romantic fiction makes me so happy and it constantly inspires me to write a romance novel myself one day. Watch this space…
What books would be on your ultimate holiday reading list? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.