Along with suncream, sarongs and that perfect poolside swimsuit, a good book is an essential part of your holiday packing. Whether you’re jetting off to the beach, exploring a new city or just chilling out at home, we’ve got the best reads to kick back and relax with.

1. THE PARTY VAYCAY: Animals, by Emma Jane Unsworth

Off on a party weekend away? Get in the mood for some serious mischief by reading Animals on the plane out. Described as ‘Withnail and I with girls’, this novel is a funny, prize-winning tale about two thirty-something women whose wild antics come under pressure when the responsibilities of adulthood set in. Be ready to LOL.

2. THE CITY BREAK: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan


The sightseeing, local food and endless party options don’t leave much time for reading on a city break – so a book of short stories is just the ticket for reading on-the-go. The Opposite of Loneliness was penned by Marina Keegan while still a Yale student and is filled with engrossing, beautifully written stories that capture the hopes and fears of our generation.

3. THE BEACH HOLIDAY: The Wrong Knickers: A Decade Of Chaos by Bryony Gordon

Lazing around in scorching sun results in minimal brainpower, so we’re opting for something easy and fun. Enter this hilarious book by Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon, an autobiographical account of the dating, dramas and disasters of her 20’s in London.

4. THE STAY-CAY: The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Stuck at home? Then you might as well read about a holiday! The Vacationers follows a Manhattan family on a two-week trip to the sun-drenched island of Mallorca. But despite the dream location, all does not go according to plan, as secrets come to light and childhood rivalries resurface. We were gripped!

5. THE COUNTRY RETREAT: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

This dark and mysterious novel set in 1600s Amsterdam makes the perfect story to get caught up in while you’re holed up in a country house. We got completely obsessed with the mysterious novel and not a page turn went without a gasp of breath. Did we mention it also features a cute bird called Peebo? Author Jessie Burton is pretty cool too, office temp turned writer is one serious career change!

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