Whether you’re looking forward to a staycation, or have booked a couple of 5 star holidays for the year ahead, you might be wondering what to read while away with the family. There’s something wonderfully relaxing about sitting by the beach, or putting your feet up by the pool with a good book in hand, so here are six titles worth bearing in mind.
Alex Garland’s all-time classic, The Beach, is the ideal companion for any trip away – but particularly if you’re venturing to Thailand, which is where the majority of the novel is set. From a cheap hotel on Bangkok’s Khao San Road to the sprawling coastlines of Koh Samui, The Beach will take you on a gripping adventure of discovery that will complement a trip to Southeast Asia wonderfully and has received excellent reviews.
Sometimes, holidays are a great time for reflection. They make you question the meaning of life and encourage you to find out more about the world around you which makes The Alchemist the perfect choice for intrepid travellers. The story of one man’s duty to pursue his Personal Legend, this world-famous Paul Coelho novel touches on many issues including hope and determination and is both thoughtful and insightful.
Notes from a Small Island
Whether you’re holidaying in the UK and would love to read a humorous account of this beautiful island or are far from home and want a little reminder of what you’re missing – Notes from a Small Island is a must read. With hilarious accounts of how people go about their daily life in Great Britain, accompanied by wonderful and witty observations about this part of the world, Bill Bryson’s well-penned page turner certainly deserves a spot in your suitcase.
In a Sunburnt Country
If you’re treating the family to an epic adventure, passing through Asia on your way to countries like New Zealand or Australia – In a Sunburnt Country could be the perfect travel companion. Often, it’s rewarding to read about places you’re about to visit, or are currently exploring, so if you’re heading down under, check out this example of another of Bill Bryson’s factual, fascinating and funny books, which is also a great source of entertainment for anyone who wants an easy-read holiday book.
Visiting a different part of the world can be strange and disorientating in many ways, so what better way to embrace this slightly awkward feeling than by reading about aliens sent to Earth to erase all trace of a threatening research project, carried out by a human professor? The Humans by Matt Haig is a brilliant exploration of what it is to be, well…human, in this heart-warming, funny, wonderful and openly weird book will make a relaxed day on a sun lounger even more enjoyable.
If all you’re really looking for on a family holiday is a good laugh (you know, nothing too intense), then Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace could be the right choice for you. When Jason Priestly finds himself holding the camera of a girl he has only just met he decided to develop the photographs and take a look – which is when he spots something rather odd. This book is highly amusing, so if belly laughs is what you’re after then this book is ideal.
Choosing the right holiday read for your family trip is as important as booking a hotel for many people, which is why the above six titles come highly recommended.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.