Holiday reading ideas

Caroline Cassidy

There's nothing quite like a week or two in the sun for catching up on some reading. If you're heading for lazy days on the beach, here are a few good reads to keep you entertained.

holiday reading ideas
holiday reading ideas

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Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Keep the tissues to hand for this heart-breaking but uplifting tale. Having lost her beloved job at a cafe and realised she might not love her boyfriend after all, Louisa Clark takes a temporary job as companion to Will Traynor, a man who has given up on life after a motorcycle accident rendered him quadriplegic. Much more than just an odd couple romance novel, Me Before You is thought-provoking, funny and powerful.

Gold - Chris Cleave
Get into the Olympic spirit with this new novel by Chris Cleave. Due for release in July, the novel tells the story of Kate and Zoe, best friends, track cyclists and fierce rivals, both of whom are preparing for the ultimate test at London 2012. The question is, will they sacrifice 10 years of friendship for a shot at gold?

I've Got Your Number - Sophie Kinsella
Chick lit queen Sophie Kinsella's latest novel begins with heroine Poppy losing her engagement ring, her fiance's family heirloom... and his parents are on their way. Finding an abandoned mobile phone, Poppy leaves the number with the hotel in the hope that they will find the missing sparkler. There's just one problem - the owner of the phone wants it back. Frivolous but ultimately a lot of fun. A perfect light holiday read for the girls.

Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter
The year is 1962, the place is a tiny village on the Italian coast - a young innkeeper, Pasquale, falls for a beautiful American starlet trying to escape the drama-filled set of Cleopatra. Fifty years later, the elderly Italian turns up at a Hollywood studio searching for his long-lost love. The narrative switches from present day to 1960s Italy as the reader, along with Pasquale, discover what really happened to Dee Moray. A bittersweet, romantic tear-jerker.

The Secret History - Donna Tartt
A misfit at an elite New England college, Richard is embraced by a group of eccentric classics students. But a shocking secret threatens to ruin the lives of the six friends and Richard is dragged into the nightmare. A psychological thriller that deserves its reputation as a modern classic. Forget your holiday itinerary - you won't be able to put it down.

What's your ultimate holiday read? Leave your comments below...