I 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.
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.
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