Books To Read On Holiday

I feel like holidays are the time when I truly allow myself the decadence to read fiction. Does that sound weird?

I mean, I pretty much write for a living. Surely I should be reading ALL the time.

But we forget, I like to punish myself. Not allow myself nice things. I must, in the words of Rihanna, work work work…

I love reading. I mean… who doesn’t love a good story. One of my ultimate treats to myself is to snuggle down with a good book and read it front to back.

Raj can’t believe how quickly I can get through a book, but I so easily get addicted to characters and storyline. I just totally absorb myself into the world I am reading about. I have quite the imagination for these things!

As we’re now heading into holiday/vacation time I thought it might be nice to look back at some of my favourite books I have read on my hollibobs.

Because it’s always nice to be nosey and see what everyone else is into!


Books To Read On Holiday

Norwegian Wood – Beautifully written, vivid and enchanting. A Japanese coming-of-age novel by Haruki Murakami

Life of Pi – Now a major film, but the book offers so much more in terms of philosophical thought and tension.

The Cuckoo’s Calling – J.K. Rowlings crime novel written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I loved this for all the descriptions of London and great characters. Super easy and fun read.

Memoirs of a Geisha – All my favourite books seem to get turned into films. I must be a populist! Again, I love the deep descriptions of Japan and the lifestyle of the geisha’s. Oh, and gotta love a good love story.

Sophie’s World – I started reading this when I was 14 years old which was pretty intense for me back then. I’d read a few pages and my mind was blown by philosophical thought. If you’ve ever wanted a crash course in the history of philosophy, this novel is a great way to digest 3000 years of it.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – This was a tough one for me to read at the time as my sister was still going through the diagnosis of her autism. But it did help cement

All of these are classics. They are widely read and I might not be sharing anything particularly ground-breaking. But if there’s anything you have tried there, enjoy!

Books I Want To Read

Shantaram – Raj has been telling me to read this book for years. It’s a traveller’s favourite and despite it’s hefty size, I’m keen to get stuck in as soon as I can.

Down and Out in Paris and London – I think George Orwell is a genius and 1984 was both striking and scarily accurate. I’d be keen to read his accounts of living as a ‘tramp’ on the streets of London.

Yes Please – I am hoping to start reading more memoirs by awesome women. This one by Amy Poehler has some fab reviews.