Books To Read On Holiday

A big part of going on holiday for me is relaxing. Whether we are spending a weekend in Bath, enjoying a Walt Disney World holiday or a weekend in Majorca, I will always find plenty of books to read on holiday.

There is something about taking that time away from home and picking up a book, making time to read the pages whereas at home there may be plenty of other distractions to keep me from my books.

I have so many books and authors I enjoy, covering different genre’s but some of my recommended books to read on holiday are as follows.

books to read on holiday

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Ruth Ware – The Lying Game

I was introduced to Ruth Ware as an author a year or so ago when I read The Woman In Cabin 10. I enjoyed that book so much that I always keep my eye out for more books by her.

The Lying Game tells the story of four old school friends who are reunited 17 years later when they each receive a text message from Kate simply stating “I need you”

All the girls drop everything to make the journey to Salten and the run down house that Kate now lives in by the water. A body has been found in the estuary and Kate is worried she knows who it is. The past may be about to catch up with the girls all these years later.

I really enjoyed The Lying Game and was gripped from start to finish. Reading the blurb I wasn’t sure I was going to find it an easy read, but I was wrong, and it was very easy to put up and put down.

Get your copy of The Lying Game here


Gail Honeyman – Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

I read a lot about Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine on the internet before finally picking up a copy for myself. I was really glad I did as it’s such an easy read and would one of those perfect books to read on holiday.

Eleanor Oliphant lives alone, goes to work during the week and spends her weekends drinking Vodka and watching TV. She’s a strange character with very unique views on the world, often struggling with social aspects of life.

When she meets Raymond at world, Eleanor’s world seems to be tilted on edge and her eyes are opened. We watch Eleanor blossom as a character and grow to love the strange character we first met.

There were a few twists and turns through the book which was a nice surprise to what was a very easy read.

Get your copy of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine here


Louise Candlish – Our House

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Our House by Louise Candlish. An author I hadn’t come across before, but one I now look out for.

When Fiona arrives home one day having forgot her laptop, she finds strange people in her house. They claim to have bought it and are moving in, yet Fiona claims it’s her family home.

Separated from her husband Bram, Louise and Bram co parent their two children and share their home during the week as well as a flat they each use when they’re not in charge of the children. A situation that Fiona thought was working well, but where is Bram now and why are these people not leaving her house?

Our House gripped me from the beginning, a book I really didn’t to put down. I was guessing at what was going to happen next and more often than not I was sent off down another journey with different thoughts.

Get your copy of Our House here


Clare Mackintosh – Let Me Lie

I had read a Clare Mackintosh novel in the past and knew I enjoyed it, so when I had the opportunity to read her new novel Let Me Lie, I didn’t waste too much time.

Anna’s parents have both died, committed suicide within months of each other. As Anna is struggling to get over her loss, and look after her new baby all at the same time, she is shocked when she receives a card on the anniversary of her Mum’s death suggesting the suicide wasn’t a suicide after all.

Anna’s life goes into overdrive as she tried to get the police to look into the deaths that happened in her home town near the sea. As we read further into the story, more unfolds about the lives of Anna’s parents and perhaps all wasn’t as it seemed during their happy marriage.

Let Me Lie gripped me from the first page and had a brilliant ending that I hadn’t guessed.

Get your copy of Let It Lie here

B.A Paris – Bring Me Back

I really enjoy B.A Paris as an author and have read her previous novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown.

Bring Me Back tells the story of Finn who’s girlfriend disappeared on their way home from holiday years ago. Finn has spent the time rebuilding his life and moved on with a new girlfriend, until one day strange things start to happen.

Trinkets are being left for Finn and Ellen who also happens to be Finn’s ex girlfriend’s sister. Life becomes more complicated as Finn becomes convinced that Layla is still out there somewhere and isn’t dead as he once may have believed.

I loved the twists and turns that B.A Paris sends us on as a reader to discover the truth. She never disappoints to keep me entertained in one of her books.

Buy your copy of Bring Me Back here


Matt Haig – How To Stop Time

How To Stop Time is a time travel novel, something unlike anything I have ever read before. I was willing to give the book a go after hearing good things about it from fellow readers and I was very glad I did.

I found How To Stop Time to be a very easy read despite reading about the main character who can never age the same as everyone else. To the seeing eye Tom Hazard is a 40 something year old man, but in reality he is hundreds of years old.

The book takes us backwards and forwards in time as we learn about Tom’s past and why he is who he is.

Buy your copy of How To Stop Time here


If you’re looking for some books to read on holiday then I hope I’ve given you some good options covering a variety of genres.




  1. May 1, 2018 / 9:14 am

    Thanks for the suggestions, I’m just about to decide my holiday reading for when we go away in June. Let Me Lie is top of my list.

  2. May 1, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    Love the sound of the books you have chosen, and I have only read one from the list. I think it’s time I started organising my reading list for Mexico, 10 hours on a plane and I need lots of reading material x

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