Summer is upon us and it’s the time of the year where we often head off on holiday for a well-deserved break.
While packing up your vacation essentials is necessary, it’s equally important to arm yourself with a couple of amazing reads to help you relax on the beach or simply to block out the nosey person seating next to you on your flight there.
As I’ve just returned from a weekend away at a holiday lodge with friends and family, I thought it’d be handy to share my top 5 holiday reads for this year, as well as some pictures of my stay at the gorgeous cabin rental nestled in the forests.
These books are a mix of deep, thought-provoking reads that draw you in and some light-hearted, laugh-out-loud funny ones that help you destress.
1. “The Woman Who Met Her Match” by Fiona Gibson ~
Lorrie is middle-aged with kids and a great job. She’s happy with life until her first love comes back on the scene… 30 years later. Staying true to Fiona Gibson’s style this book will have you laughing in minutes.
2. “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult ~
Who is to blame when a routine hospital check-up goes devastatingly wrong? This is a bold book that explores the true impact of racism and white privilege through the eyes of a white person. It’s a book that is written to make you think and see things differently.
3. “The Girls in the Garden” by Lisa Jewell ~
This one is for the mystery lovers. A thirteen-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?
4. “My Sister’s Wedding” by Vicky Pattinson ~
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover (or in this case by the author). Reality TV Star Vicky Pattinson is the unusual author of this clever romance fiction novel about two sisters Becky and Lizzie. We laugh and cry with them as they are embroiled in sisterly drama caused by the events leading up to a wedding.
5. “Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue ~
Finally, I recommend one of the more serious but equally ‘unputdownable’ books on my list. Mbue’s critically acclaimed debut novel about an immigrant family in New York touches on race, family, class and the pursuit of happiness. It’s no wonder that it’s Oprah’s current Book Club selection.
Whichever book you choose to throw in your luggage, I’m confident it will be a satisfying page-turner… enjoy!