I have always gauged how good a holiday is by the number of books I have managed to read and half the luggage weight was probably my books in the hope that I would get to read them, running out of a book before the end of a holiday is a disaster so I would always over pack. This summer, in fact in four weeks we are going on holiday for the first time in over five years. I am looking forward to having a break, seeing some guaranteed sun, lazing on the beach and spending time with the children. So I am already thinking about my holiday reading, the dilemma that I have never had before is do I take books, or do I squint and use my iPad and risk that it gets wet or sandy but know that I have extra space for a few more clothes instead. Hmmm, I am not sure but I’ll share with you what I already have on my iPad lined up to read and then I will recommend some books for you to read on your holiday.

If I use my iPad on holiday this is what I will be reading, many of these books are free on either iBooks or Kindle;

  • World Without End by Ken Follett, mainly because I liked the last book I read of his, more of that below.
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, on the recommendation of my son who claims it to be one of his favourite books ever.
  • Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes, a free download at some point
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, another freebie
  • The Englishman by Helena Halme, I followed Helena’s blog for years as she wrote her love story so have been saving this for my holiday
  • Another recommendation from my son Senor Vivo & The Coca Lord, written by Louis de Bernieres. I like books set in South America so hoping that I will like this


So, what do I recommend for your summer holiday? A few of these books I have reviewed on here in the past but they are worth mentioning;

  • Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas, I didn’t write a review at the time but I should have. This is the perfect holiday read but beware make sure you slather yourself in sun cream, you may be liable to burn as you won’t be able to put this book down. Set on a remote Scottish Island where Kate intends to start a new chapter in her life without the distraction of men or her mother. However the inevitable happens and Kate starts to fall for her boss Roddy, the Laird of the island. It is an easy romantic read and you will be left wanting to drop everything and find your own remote island to run away to. My only criticism is that it is too short and I was left wanting to read more! Rachael hurry up and get that second novel written!
  • The other extreme, once you get into The Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follett you won’t be able to put it down. I absolutely loved it, it is long, and it is a history lesson, plus a love story but revolves around the building of the cathedrals in the twelfth century and the people that make it happen, or perhaps do everything in their power to prevent it. This was another freebie download, it is worth checking free downloads because they change all the time.
  • You Had me at Hello by Mhari McFarlane is another love story with highs and lows but I really enjoyed it.
  • Life, Death and Vanilla Slices by Jenny Eclair, you can read my review here but a great holiday read.
  • Bridesmaids by Jane Costello, a hilarious book and it has nothing to do with the film, thank goodness because I hated the film. Just make sure you don’t fall off the sunbed as you will be rolling around laughing with this one.
  • I have written about these books before but if you haven’t read them or like something light to read whilst on holiday read, read, read them, they are brilliant. Yes they are teen books but Isabelle Allende’s City of The Beast trilogy is superb.


So, I would love some more recommendations, please hit me with them! I like thrillers, historical dramas and science fiction mostly.

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5 thoughts on “Summer Holiday Reads

  1. The best place to locate no charge ebooks, audiobooks, pdf books or other digital versions of bestselling books is soon below.

    Posted on December 31, 2013 at 10:30 am
  2. I am SO glad to hear that you are going on vacation!!! I’m just wrapping mine up – also the first in about five years. If I were home, I could give you a whole list of books to take. Unfortunately, the only ones I’ve got with me aren’t great enough to recommend – and one I’ve already read before. Have a wonderful time!!! xx

    Posted on July 11, 2013 at 3:32 am
    1. I hope you’ve managed to relax! We go next month so time for you to let me know what you would recommend. XX

      Posted on July 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm
  3. I’m thinking I might order some of these! And I’ve one that you might like. The Expats by Chris Pavone, an entertaining thriller that I really struggled to put down – and these days I often struggle to keep reading books unless they’re really good…

    Hope you have a lovely holiday xx

    Posted on July 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm
    1. Thank you for the recommendation X

      Posted on July 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm