My Summer Reading List

Whether you are waiting for your flight, relaxing by the pool or lying on the beach… what better way to devour a new novel than doing so during your summer holidays?

I love a good book, and going on holiday gives me the perfect opportunity to get lost in a book or two whilst I am abroad. I am off on two trips within the next month, first to France with the family, and then to Portugal with my mum. On both trips I am going to take a book, and I’ve listed a few below which I have my eye on.

It seems that Brits like the escapism that a good novel provides, with books helping us switch off from the real world during their well-earned break. Reading is both good for your mental health, as well as increasing creativity, and not only should we do it when abroad but also when we are at home. Getting lost in a good book allows us to indulge in a total digital detox for a week or two if we desire.

For the fifth consecutive year, Opodo has conducted a survey of European travellers to learn more about their summer reading habits whilst on holiday. The research indicates a resurgence in the reading behaviour among ‘bookish-Brits’ abroad. In a poll of more than 3,000 people, Opodo found that three in four Brits (78%) prefer reading paperbacks on holiday over any other reading material. This is despite the abolition of EU data roaming charges, which now makes it cheaper to download e-books as well as consume digital content for less through electronic devices while travelling.

Of those polled in the survey, more than two thirds of Brits (66%) will read up two books on holiday while more one in five (21%) avid readers will get through as many as four books in the sun. The research also revealed that reading is one of the top three favourite activities that one in four (25%) British holidaymakers look forward to once they’ve reached their destination, after relaxing on a beach (44%) and trying the local cuisine (30%).

What do you prefer to read while on holiday? What is your favourite format? What are the best books to read this summer? Here are my 10 recommendations for this summer:

Top 10 Summer Holiday Reads

1. Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult

2. How To Stop Time, Matt Haig

3. I See You, Clare Mackintosh

4. Chasing the Sun, Katy Colins

5. An Almond for a Parrot, Wray Delaney

6. This Must Be The Place, Maggie O’Farrell

7. Hunger, Roxanne Gay

8. H (a)ppy, Nicola Barker

9. The Power, Naomi Alderman

10. Show Me A Mountain, Kerry Young


*This post is in collaboration with Opodo.

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  • Ben Zabulis
    08/26/2017 at 05:18

    Have to admit that books are the most important things we take on our travels. Tend to go for paper books having yet to embrace e-format. Quite enjoy taking some older books and maybe donating them en route – one of the most enjoyable things about travelling is finding the local second-hand book store and seeing what’s on offer, traveller’s cafes are often a good source too. There’s something distinctly feel-good about the fragrant mix of swimming pool, sun cream and a musty, well-read book !

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