Books,  travel

Top 5 Holiday Reads

As a keen reader this was hard to narrow down, but I think I have just about managed it. Here are my top 5 holiday reads!

Everyone likes a good book to take away on holiday, whether it be a thriller, an autobiography or a cheesy romance, each to their own. I suppose it all depends on where you’re going, how much spare time you’ll have and if you’re flying how much baggage allowance you have. I’m one to binge read during my time off from work and uni so I struggle to pack light; a good way round this would be a Kindle or E-reader which are perfect to throw into hand luggage and can store hundreds of books without the inconvenience of carting around half of Waterstones (my personal preference).

So these are just a few of my recent favourites if anyone is looking for a recommendation.


How can I not mention Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn-everyone and their nan has read this book and if you haven’t then you should. O M G. I don’t want to ruin the plot by giving away too much but this is just the perfect thriller that has you asking more questions every time you get an answer. It is the one of the cleverest books I have ever read and I finished it in under 2 days whilst baking by the pool in Crete last summer because I just had to know what had happened. I would highly recommend reading the book before watching the film because the ending and perspectives are altered slightly for the screen.

Next The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, think Gone Girl’s younger sibling. Again i’m sure you’ve heard everyone raving about the recent film but the book is 100% better. This is the best ‘who done it?’ I’ve read in a long long time. Short summary – woman goes missing, 3 very possible suspects, whilst the alcoholic narrator can’t remember her whereabouts on the night of the disappearance, I’ll leave it there for you. Now I know this book is good because whilst on the same holiday to Crete, I saw The Girl on the Train around the pool in 4 different languages including Russian and German and not one person put it down.


Next a hilarious book that will have your sides hurting you’re cry-laughing that much.Yes Please by Amy Poehler is THE BEST autobiography I have ever read. In fact it’s that good I’m planning on listening to it as an audiobook read by Amy herself. Do not read this book on a plane/train/coach or any other mode of public transport- I made this mistake on the train to London, you will receive many funny looks from fellow passengers wondering why you are crippled with laughter. If you’re feeling sorry for yourself or just want a lighthearted read this is the perfect nighttime read in the hotel or laid in the sun on the beach. Amy gives amazing and RELATABLE advise and anecdotes about all the nightmares of everyday life, whether you be a teenager in school or a middle age divorcee. Basically what I cannot stress enough is to read it, whoever you are, you will not regret it.

One for a cold or winter break is The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking as mentioned in my Amsterdam Blog post. If you like things nice and cosy this is the book for you. This is the most amazing read if you’re going to Denmark as you’ll be able to see just how hygge their way of life is. Hygge is a way of life intended to make you happy,  and considering the author works at the Happiness Research Institute I reckon he knows a thing or two. This book is ideal for a city break or maybe a spa retreat where you have the chance to curl up in bed in some knitted socks, maybe light a candle and just relax. I loved reading this with a view of Amsterdam’s beautifully lit houses from our hotel window after a nice long bath.


Finally I couldn’t do a book favourites without including something Harry Potter related. I am obsessed and I do not use the term lightly, with anything from JK Rowling’s Wizarding World. When I saw the newest addition to the franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in the cinema I nearly did a little dance with excitement, reading the screenplay was like reliving the magic all over again. The story follows Newt Scamander, an expert in Magical Beasts from England, and his adventures in 1920’s New York at a time where magical creatures are banned. Unlike the books mentioned earlier I would actually suggest viewing the film first with this one, it helps you visualise what’s being described to you and makes it feel more real. My boyfriend bought me the book for Christmas so I actually read it during the Christmas break rather than whilst abroad but its a nice quick read suitable for a lengthy car or train journey maybe. May I also add this book is gorgeous- my nerdy side is emerging, I have a weakness for pretty books, unfortunately I often judge them by their cover.

These are my top 5 holiday reads, what are you reading at the moment? My current holiday book whilst i’m in Austria skiing is Jennifer Niven’s Holding Up the Universe. So far so good, i’m enjoying it but I can’t be sure as I’m only halfway through.

Do you have any book suggestions? Let me know if you do.

Meg x

If you enjoyed this post you might also like this post about My Most Anticipated Reads of 2020.


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