Top 10 books to take on holiday
The thing I most look forward to when going on holiday is being able to read a good book without distraction. Reading is a passion and it's a passion everyone should share, it re ignites your imagination. There is simply nothing better than lying on a sun lounger with a warm breeze and the sound of the waves crashing whilst enjoying a good book. So if you're stuck for ideas I have listed 10 amazing books that will never be a waste of time.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
I know this is a predictable option, however I could not create a must read list and not include this absolute classic. If you've already read it read it again if you haven't, I demand you make this your beach read.
Published in 1960, this timeless classic explores human behaviour and the collective conscience of The Deep South in the early 20th century. Humour entwines the delicate strands of prejudice, hatred, hypocrisy, love and innocence to create one of the best novels ever written.
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
A gripping and emotional story of betrayal and redemption, The Kite Runner had me thrilled and moved, both at the same time. You won't be leaving that sun lounger anytime soon if this if your holiday read.
The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. Published in 2003. It tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his half brother. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.
Dune - Frank Herbert
Now this book is like marmite you’ll fall hopelessly in love or not get passed the first chapter. But i highly recommend you give it your all, star wars is epic but put it next to Dune and its childsplay.
First published in 1965 Frank Herbert was a man born before his time.There are 5 sequels to Dune, each as thrilling as the last The Dune series is a landmark of soft science fiction. Herbert deliberately suppressed technology in his Dune universe so he could address the politics of humanity, rather than the future of humanity's technology. Dune considers the way humans and their institutions might change over time. Set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the Padishah Emperor, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose noble family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis.
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell, author of Ghostwritten
Overlapping lives. A novel of interlinked narratives, Cloud Atlas, takes you on a rollercoaster ride. David Mitchell entices his readers on to a rollercoaster, and at first you’ll wonder if you want to get off.
Cloud Atlas consists of six interconnected stories beginning with a voyage through the South Pacific in the nineteenth century and ending in a primitive post-apocalyptic Hawaii. Each story is a completed tale within itself, yet their true significance lies in the connections between them, forming a collective whole.
The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom , Author of Tuesdays With Morrie
A personal favourite of mine this novel is both emotional and eye opening. Simply told, sentimental and profoundly true, this is a contemporary American fable that will be cherished by a vast readership. Bringing into the spotlight the anonymous Eddies of the world, the men and women who get lost in our cultural obsession with fame and fortune, this slim tale, like Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, reminds us of what really matters here on earth, of what our lives are given to us for.
It follows the life and death of a maintenance man named Eddie. In a heroic attempt to save a little girl from being killed by an amusement park ride that is about to fall, Eddie is killed and sent to heaven, where he encounters five people who had a significant impact upon him while he was alive.
A House For Happy Mothers - Amulya Malladi, author of The Mango Season
A stunning new novel full of wit and warmth.
In trendy Silicon Valley, Priya has everything she needs--a loving husband, a career, and a home but the one thing she wants most is the child she's unable to have. In a Southern Indian village, Asha doesn't have much raising two children in a tiny hut, she and her husband can barely keep a tin roof over their heads but she wants a better education for her gifted son. Pressured by her family, Asha reluctantly checks into the Happy Mother's House: a baby farm where she can rent her only asset her womb to a childless couple overseas. To the dismay of friends and family, Priya places her faith in a woman she's never met to make her dreams of motherhood come true.
Millers Valley - Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens
This novel is richly alive, so believable, that it’s impossible not to feel every doubt and dream they harbor .
Mimi Miller’s family have lived in Miller’s Valley for generations and at times it feels like nothing ever changes – until now when the town is under threat. But as Mimi looks back on the span of her life in this place, she confronts the toxicity of secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the risks and inequalities of friendship, loyalty and passion. Home, she acknowledges, is somewhere it’s just as easy to feel lost as contented.
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven - Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee
The breathtaking new novel set during the Blitz.
As World War Two begins, Mary--a newly qualified teacher in London, left behind to teach the few children not evacuated--meets Tom, a school official. They quickly fall in love, but this is not a simple love story. Moving from Blitz-torn London to the Siege of Malta, this is an epic story of love, loss, prejudice and incredible courage.
1984 - George Orwell
Another classic on the list and another must read in your lifetime novel. Published in 1949 this novel is more relevant than ever before.
Although 1984 has passed us by, George Orwell’s dystopian, totalitarian world of control, fear and lies has never been more relevant. Delve into the life of Winston Smith as he struggles with his developing human nature in a world where individuality, free will and love are forbidden.
Emma - Jane Austin
The story of a self-deluded heroine in a small village, Jane Austen’s Emma hardly seems revolutionary. But, 200 years after it was first published, many now argue that it belongs alongside the works of Flaubert, Joyce and Woolf as one of the great experimental novels
Emma is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. The novel was first published in December 1815. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian–Regency Britain; she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters.
Agree or disagree there are some great books in there….