The excitement of planning a summer holiday is often filled with pinning destinations, curating an insta-worthy wardrobe, and finding the most aesthetically pleasing accommodation to feed your interior desires. For me, the realisation that you’ll finally have time to tear through that long list of MUST-READ BOOKS waiting patiently in your iPhone notes, is the beginning of holiday mode. Between bikinis and a sizeable stack of books my luggage tends to tip the scales. Thankfully we don’t have a limit on how many books we can transport between the living room and the bedroom. Here I’ve selected a few of my favourite holiday reads that I got lost in last summer somewhere between Italy and the Algarve. These titles are just as good to read at home on the couch as they are on the beach. If you’ve been looking for a new book to dive into, consider it found in the list below.
One of 2019’s bestsellers and undoubtedly my favourite summer read. Normal people is essentially a quirky millennial love story that rips open the curtains on love, friendship, social class, and growing up. The story is built around two characters illuminating their life-changing bond as teenagers that follows them through high school to university and beyond. Rooney’s writing style is so simple yet beautiful and complex, some critics have defined it as purely poetic.
A necessary read that will resonate with women of all ages. Everything I Know About Love is the guide you wished you had to navigate the wild ride that is your 20's. The dazzling Dolly Alderton has crafted a hilariously honest, raw, and intimate recount of her 20’s from early to late, wrapped up into bite sized chapters, that read like conversations between your closest girlfriends. Whether you’re laughing at her experiences or nodding with familiarity, this very special autobiography will have you hooked and re-reading with Post-It Notes the second and third time round.