5 Must-Have Books To Take With You On Your Next Holiday
Ahhhh nothing quite beats sitting back on the beach, sand in between your toes, the sun beating down, and immersing yourself in a good book. Forgetting the world around you; what’s going on at home, and just revelling in the escapism a good read brings.
There’s only a few weeks left of holiday season left, although you’ll still find warm weather in the likes of the Canaries and North Cyprus holidays, and if you’ve almost got your bags packed, you might want to stop in your tracks and make space for one of these excellent books.
Naturally, everybody has a different taste, so whether you’re male, female, young or old we’ve got you covered with a range of categories for everyone’s needs…
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Recently released as a movie to rave reviews – it really is a must see – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews is an incredible tale which not only manages to make you cry with laughter but also sadness.
Written from the perspective of Greg Gaines, the novel takes you through what happened to him during his final year at high school when his mother forces him to socialise with a sort of ex-girlfriend Rachel, who has just been diagnosed with leukaemia.
What’s perhaps most remarkable about this is how it manages to be funny even though it’s a novel about cancer. But it does. It’s at times laugh-out-loud, at times incredibly heartbreaking, and all in all a book which will certainly leave its mark on you.
Penguins Stopped Play
Penguins Stopped Play is almost a decade old but with cricket fever in full swing following an exciting Ashes series, this piece of travel writing is certainly worth picking up. Written by Harry Thompson, who died shortly after finishing the book aged 45, it follows an amateur cricket team who decide to play a match on every continent, and you guessed it, penguins stop play.
Taking us on tour with them, we get to grips with all the highs and lows of being on tour with friends and a few innings with a hangover. It’s a highly entertaining read and with Thompson’s illness taking over towards the end of the adventure, it produces some really poignant moments.
I Suck At Girls
Justin Halpern is a best-selling author and has had his work turned into television for CBS. Yet when it comes to ladies, well, he kinda sucks. I Suck at Girls hilariously details the writers experiences with young ladies over the years.
A laugh on every page for both men and women, although naturally there’s plenty of boy humour in there as he recalls his teenage years, it takes us through his prom, awkward fumbling of a teenager, and being chased by two bearded homeless men after stealing a stash of dirty magazines (yes, really!). If you don’t mind making a fool of yourself and cry laughing on the beach, this is the one for you.
Who Is Tom Ditto?
Danny Wallace earned rave reviews with his first novel Charlotte Street, and his follow up Who is Tom Ditto? certainly doesn’t disappoint. The book begins rather unusually, and it doesn’t really let up.
“Tom Ditto comes home from work and receives a note. It reads:
I have not left you but I am gone.
Please carry on as normal.
Love always, Hayley.”
Where has she gone? That’s exactly what Tom intends to find out and he comes across a host of people he’d never have otherwise met. It’s a fun journey which tackles a range of topics, but ultimately leaves you with a huge smile on your face.
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
If you’re looking for escapism on holiday, you’ll find the fun yet implausible The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden an absolute dream. Using real-life characters including the King of Sweden, the story follows Nombeko Mayeki, a young girl from Soweto whose life seems that it will be spent cleaning latrines.
But all isn’t as it seems, and the mathematic whizz runs away and becomes embroiled in South Africa’s program to build six atomic bombs. What happens from then sees Nombeko travel the world, complete with atom bomb in tow and arrives in Sweden, where a man has plans to overthrow the king.
It’s as equally heart-warming as it is bizarre, featuring everything from fake antique geese, to a jewel thief, to a young Soweto girl with a penchant for stabbing with scissors. It’s a journey absolutely perfect for yours.