The Best Books To Bring To Your Next Beach Holiday

How about a paperback to go with that piña colada?

The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins
04 Sep 2015

The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins

Touted the next Gone Girl (a movie adaptation is already in the works), this psychological thriller follows three women who find themselves embroiled in the murder of a complete stranger. With every character an anti-hero and secrets at each turn, this is a page-turner that will keep you wondering ‘whodunit’.

Almost Famous Women, by Megan Mayhew Bergman
04 Sep 2015

Almost Famous Women, by Megan Mayhew Bergman

Bergman finds inspiration for her collection of fictional short stories in 13 real-life women whose rise to fame never lasted or who were connected to well-known names. Some of the women include dancer Butterfly McQueen, who played Scarlett O’Hara’s maid in Gone with the Wind and author Oscar Wilde’s mysterious niece Dolly. 

How Not To Travel The World: Adventures of A Disaster-Prone Backpacker, by Lauren Juliff
04 Sep 2015

How Not To Travel The World: Adventures of A Disaster-Prone Backpacker, by Lauren Juliff

Also known as the full-time jet-setter behind popular travel blog Never Ending Footsteps, Lauren Juliff takes away the glamour of going round the globe in this easy-to-read travel memoir. Some of the worst experiences she’s had include being stuck in Phuket during a tsunami, being sexually violated while having a massage and sitting next to a corpse during a boat ride. Yes, really.

Grief Is The Thing With Feathers, by Max Porter
04 Sep 2015

Grief Is The Thing With Feathers, by Max Porter

Max Porter’s debut novel revolves around a father and his two sons and how they cope with the loss of their wife and mother, with some help from an unlikely source. Sometimes dark and sometimes funny, this book on grief will have you reaching for the tissues (so bring some along with you to the beach).

The Beachside Guest House, by Vanessa Greene
04 Sep 2015

The Beachside Guest House, by Vanessa Greene

Friends Rosa and Bee decide to relive their youth by taking over an inn they stayed in during a holiday to Paros, Greece. A light-hearted and heart-warming tale of friendship, life and starting over (plus it’s theme-appropriate too).

You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost), by Felicia Day
04 Sep 2015

You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost), by Felicia Day

Don’t write this off as another addition to the slew of novels/activity books/autobiographies written by a YouTube star. Gamer, comedian, actress and producer, Felicia Day chronicles the highs and lows of her time on the web and on our TV screens (Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer) in this honest and touching memoir, and proves that everyone should embrace being different.

How To Live On 24 Hours A Day, by Arnold Bennett
04 Sep 2015

How To Live On 24 Hours A Day, by Arnold Bennett

Nope, not another book on increasing productivity. Written over a hundred years ago, this classic by Arnold Bennett aims to inspire you to live — not just exist — every moment and enrich your life. A good pick-me-up, especially for when you feel burnt out