Holiday Reading – The best books to get lost in

Holiday reading. Books to get lost in whilst on vacation. Lots of book recommendations from fellow bloggersI am not a huge reader. I used to be but since parenthood I really don’t find the time. Ok, I could turn off Netflix and open up a book instead, or fire up the Kindle as is actually the case, but as soon as my eyes hit printed word my eyes grow heavy and I can feel myself falling asleep. When I read at home it can take me weeks to get through a book. On holiday it is a different matter.

Reading on holiday is one of my biggest pleasures. Perhaps I enjoy it so much because I don’t do it at home. I also greatly enjoy the process of finding and formulating a reading list for the holiday. A one week holiday needs 2-3 books and a two week holiday needs 4-6. This is book length dependant (obviously). A week or so before we depart I will hunt through all the books available on Kindle for something that ‘floats my boat’. I read the synopsis and reviews. To be honest I often find it really hard to narrow down my selection.

Holiday reading. Books to get lost in whilst on vacation. Lots of book recommendations from fellow bloggers

Last Year…

Last year we went away for 2 weeks self catering in Menorca. I read the four books I had lined up and only finished them on the final day.

The Kind Worth Killing – This was my favourite book of them all. Two strangers coincidentally meet in an airport bar. They get talking and it turns our the are on the same flight. By the end of the flight they have planned to kill his wife. The twists and turns this book takes means it is nearly impossible to put down. Is everything as it seems? Was it a coincidence?

The Husbands Secret – This was another page turner. As you would expect the woman’s husband has a secret. And it is a big one! You only have to wait a few chapters to find out what the secret is by when you know it is easy to see how the world is going to collapse around them and their family.

The Unmumsy Mum – This is a must read for any mum or dad. The way The Unmumsy Mum documents the highs and lows of parenthood are second to none. I have never felt more normal in my whole life and if for no other reason this book with worth reading for the ‘milking incident’ alone.

Mother Can You NOT? – This is a biography of Kim Siegel, a Hollywood Director, written by her ever suffering daughter. Her Instagram account is Crazy Jewish Mother where she documents the crazy text messages she receives from her mum. Some of the adventures they go on are belly ache funny. No subject is off limits.

Holiday reading. Books to get lost in whilst on vacation. Lots of book recommendations from fellow bloggers

This Year…

This year we are off on our holibobs again. For 1 week, all inclusive in Turkey. I’m hoping that because I won’t have to cook all week I may have a little more time to read by the pool this year. However I am still really stuck with what to read. So I turned to my fellow bloggers for book recommendations… This is what they had to say:

My favourite books for holidays are Lee Child Jack Reacher books. I love thrillers and crime books, they are so different to my day to day life and I love the fast pace of them! I don’t read often so when I do I like to get through as many as I can! Sarah from Surrey Mama

I love the “I Heart” series by Lindsey Kelk. Easy to read, quick to get into and great for picking up and putting down when you’re interrupted by the kids! Just a fun series to get stuck into. Abi from Something About Baby

I love anything by Santa Montefiore. I can get utterly lost in her beautiful writing and get totally taken away to whichever beautiful country and era she has set her story in. Louise from Pink Pear Bear

I love reading Sophie Kinsella books on holiday – always so light hearted and funny. I have the latest one ready for my holiday tomorrow! Maria from Happy Mummy

Advances by Anita Burgh. Ive read it everytime i go away and its kind of a tradition now. Its about three very different women who meet at a party and all are about to make advances and changes in their lives but how far are they willing to go. Deborah from Country Heart and Home

I recently read this The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan. Absolutely loved it. A very real and funny look at the wedding-obsessed culture we often find ourselves in, The Engagements is the great book to lose yourself in on holiday. It made me laugh. Lynsey from Mum, That’s Me

Jodi Picoult – Small Great Things. I was hooked and spent my holiday getting my baby to sleep so I could read it by the pool side 😂 the way she writes is as if I’m there living it! Amy from The Smallest of Things

My favourite book is atonement I get so lost in the moment when I’m reading it the hours fly by. It’s gripping and full of surprises. Katie from Mummys Diary

I love a good trashy celeb autobiography on holiday. The trashier the better to pass the time – I’ve been known to delve into Katie Price/Kerry Katina territory on holiday. Purely as no one knows me so I don’t mind being seen in public reading it. Beth from Twinderelmo

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, it’s a classic but still so relevant. I loved it and struggled to put it down. Kerry from Kerry Shaw Mummy of Four

We went on our first family holiday in April. A week away in Cyprus, much needed! Whilst on holiday I read ‘Ice Cream for Breakfast’ by Laura Jane Williams. It was the most perfect read for me, encouraging us all to be more childlike and to have more fun as adults. It’s one of those great ‘this will change your life perspective’ books, so worth a read!! Sophia from Tattooed Tealady

I spent a whole summer reading the 8 Outlander books. And have read them three times since! Luschka from Diary of a First Child

For a summer read I loved ‘The Island’ by Victoria Hislop. Jo from Cup of Toast

I did the whole Harry Potter & Twilight books while away …… hubby said he didn’t realise he’d invited the Cullen clan along too! My last holiday read was Me Before You, total sob fest for the last 20% but I was hooked. Must read for those that like a raw and emotional book. Nicola from A Blogs Life


Holiday reading. Books to get lost in whilst on vacation. Lots of book recommendations from fellow bloggers

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  1. I love finding series of books to read while I’m away. But I also read very quickly, and if I have nothing else to do, I will literally spend all day reading. Lately I’ve been into non-fiction. If you have a warped sense of humor, check out Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. She’s hilarious, and you might be laughing out loud in public!

  2. Your reading habits sound exactly like mine! I have been known to read 14 books on holidays once upon a time, and then none the rest of the year!

    Last year on holiday I read Me Without You and sat up one night till the small hours (sobbing) to finish it. Another amazing read that holiday was ‘The Captains Daughter’ about a Titanic survivor…

    I’ve pinned your list for pre-holiday Kindle downloading! Have an amazing time!

    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

    1. Oh now both of those sound right up my street! I do wish I read more… I keep telling myself I’ll read more when the girls are older x

  3. Ooh this is great! I’ll be bookmarking this for when I next visit the library. I love reading and on holiday even more so – such escapism. I’ve taken to going back to the library because I have nowhere left to put any books!

    1. Yes it really is all about the escapism. I think is so much easier to do when you are not at home with all the usual distractions.

  4. I love a good book and I loved reading the husbands secret, it really is a page turner! I’m booking marking this, as I love book recommendations and need some for our holiday too. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    1. Hehe! That is the same as me. My kindle is actually full of options already that I just never got to… Shhh! Don’t tell Hubby!

  5. I used to read all. the. time. …but that was pre-children! Now, like you say, there is very little time, and when I do snatch a few seconds of peace, I don’t have the brain capacity to devour a book. That’s why I like reading blogs – I can dip in and out and they’re short 🙂

    But it looks like you’ve got some great recommendations here, and it’s lovely to hear what everyone else is reading to! #sharingthebloglove

    1. Yes this is exactly how I feel about reading. Blogs are great for a quick read. I do wish I could read more books though x

  6. Hi, I try and catch up on reading whilst away. I like the sound of The Husbands Secret so I shall treating myself to it #sharingthebloglove

  7. What a great list to work through, I’m always looking for new books to read. I’ve just ordered your top recommendation from the library, thanks for the suggestion!

  8. Ahh my mum’s just told me about Santa Montefiore and I need to check her out. I used to be the same only reading on holiday but now I do read most nights even if it’s just a few pages – it helps me get to sleep and relax without screen time. #SharingtheBlogLove xx

    1. I wish I could do this. I have tried but I find I end up reading the same page 5 times before just giving up entirely. 😉

  9. I used to be a big reader before I had the boys and I’m trying to make more of an effort to read more again. We’ve not got a holiday planned this summer unfortunately so no holiday reading for me but there are some great recommendations here. #SharingTheBlogLove

    1. I had no idea how much parenting would remove the chance to read. My mum has always been a big reader but it is only now that I realise that has only been the case since we have all hit our teen years.

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