Choosing the right books for your holiday is essential, and there are many different books that you can read while away from home. Paperbacks are a great option, as many hotels have them on hand. They may be different from those you would normally choose, but they can also be a great way to discover new authors. But it isn’t always possible to bring all of your favourite books with you.
Less by David Sedaris
If you’re looking for a book to read on holiday, why not try David Sedaris? The award-winning writer has written several books and is now living in Paris where he’s trying to master French. Sedaris is an American who grew up in North Carolina and later moved to New York, where he worked odd jobs and was once mistaken for a pickpocket. He’s also the author of numerous non-fiction works, including Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls and Holidays on Ice.
This irreverent memoir isn’t for everyone, but if you’re into cynical holiday cheer, this will be a great read. Sedaris’s voice is quite unique and makes this an enjoyable holiday read.
Rock, Paper, Scissors by John Marrs
If you want a quick and funny read, then you should pick up Rock, Paper, Scissors. This book has a fun time-travel twist, and it is one of the New York Times bestsellers. It is also a viral TikTok hit. It is the perfect book to read on holiday, because it’s full of twists and turns!
Time After Time by Louise Pentland
If you’re planning to spend a holiday in the sunshine, consider taking a book from number one bestselling author Louise Pentland. Her books have won many awards, including the Man Booker Prize. Time After Time is the latest in her series of historical novels. It’s sure to captivate you from the very first page.
Louise Pentland’s new novel Time After Time is set in the past and presents a love story with a time-travel twist. Fans of the TikTok sensation Rock, Paper Scissors may also enjoy this New York Times bestseller. Another exciting book to read on holiday is The Interview by John Marrs, which is set in Los Angeles and is full of twists.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
The debut novel of former copywriter Bonnie Garmus, Lessons in Chemistry is a thoughtful and entertaining read. Set in the 1960s, the book follows opinionated scientist Elizabeth Zott as she struggles to become a successful researcher. She is sidelined by her male colleagues, denied her doctorate, and even loses the love of her life. When she meets Calvin Evans, a kindred scientist and father to her daughter Madeline, she finds herself in a precarious position. The resulting conflict and a resulting newfound sense of self-discovery fuels the novel’s clever plot.
“Lessons in Chemistry” is an inspiring and thought-provoking debut novel about the intersections of science and love. Zott, a single mother and the star of one of America’s most popular cooking shows, confronts the inequities that women face in the scientific world. In her quest to make her mark, she fights against patriarchy and a world dominated by men and their traditional roles. As a woman, she is a force to be reckoned with, and she is her own worst enemy as well.
Malibu Rising by Bella Mackine
If you want a gripping holiday read, consider Malibu Rising by Bella Mackine. It’s a Sunday Times bestseller, and the praise from critics has been high. This debut novel from the writer of Jog On is one of those that will keep you turning the pages. In this novel, a young woman named Grace Bernard decides to exact revenge on her family for their failure to help her dying mother. She picks off her relatives, one by one, until she is accused of a murder she didn’t commit.
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin was one of the most acclaimed books of the 1970s. A young Bruce Chatwin’s tale of exile in South America drew comparisons to Mandeville’s Travels, Alexander Kinglake’s Eothen, and Robert Byron’s The Road to Oxiana, and changed the face of travel writing. Chatwin’s story of wandering across the Patagonia desert was full of witty, puckish observations. The book follows Chatwin’s own journey to South America in search of brontosaurus skin. In the end, he finds sloth turds.
Chatwin, a former Sotheby’s auctioneer, had been pursuing his career as an archeologist when he decided to switch to writing. After submitting unsuccessful manuscripts, Chatwin found inspiration for his new book. A chance encounter with an elderly woman who had been dreaming of visiting Patagonia reminded him of his own desire to visit the area. Chatwin decided to take her along. The two travelled to Tierra del Fuego, where Chatwin meets a group of fascinating people.