6 Books You Need To Take With You On Vacation This Year

photo: Massimo Dutti


Summer is around the corner and during the holiday season, and there’s nothing quite like diving into a new book while on vacay to escape even further. So go grab the sunscreen, your sunglasses, and find the perfect spot. It’s time to relax with one of these page-turners. Whether you’re lounging from your bedside or chilling by the pool working on your tan, here are six best vacation books, you’ll want to get lost in.

1. The Ultimate Blog Plan

The Ultimate Blog Plan available here.

This book is the perfect vacation companion if you want to make your dreams of being successful online true. Picture yourself, reading by the pool about all the strategies you can put in place to create your own full-time job and work wherever you are in the world. And you’ll never get bored of this book because it’s full of workbook activities to keep you entertained while you’re on the beach, or in the bar,  or on the plane! Buy it here.


2. Lies, T.M Logan

Lies by T M Logan available here.

This gripping thriller has claimed a prime position on many book lists, and it’s clear to see why. Happily-married teacher Joe Lynch decides to follow his wife’s car into an underground parking lot. However, finds her in a disagreement with Ben, a family friend. It is suddenly clear that his wife has been lying to him. Consequently, an altercation breaks out between the two men, with life-changing consequences. Buy it here.

3. Nasty Women, 404 Ink

Nasty Women by 404 Ink available here.

Published on International Women’s Day whilst in the midst of a fraught political and social climate across the globe. This collection of feminist essays reclaims Trump’s infamous ‘nasty woman’ slur and shares diverse experiences of womanhood in the 21st century. British and American women of various faiths, ethnic backgrounds, and sexualities share their experiences on what it is like to be a woman in the 21st century. Buy it here.

4. Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse available here.

Cemented as a timeless classic, this eponymous tale of self-exploration and spiritual awakening follows the story of a man named Siddhartha and his journey to enlightenment. In addition, also stumbling across an encounter with Gautama Buddha. Ultimately, a quest to discover the meaning of life, this book is highly recommended to those with philosophical tendencies and a desire to enrich your inner life. Buy it here.

5. Odd Girl Out, Laura James 

Odd Girl Out by Laura James available here.

Journalist and PR professional Laura James tells her personal story of being diagnosed with autism in her forties. Furthermore, the book follows her life one year after her diagnosis. She explores how being diagnosed with autism helps her find answers about her identity. How being different doesn’t actually mean being less. But also how it impacted her marriage and family life. An interesting read which sheds light on under-diagnosed autism in women. Buy it here.

6. The Vegetarian Han Kang

The Vegetarian by Han Kang available here.

This is a slightly more disturbing but stunning book, if you’re feeling brave you should definitely give it a tackle. Based in modern day South Korea, Yeong-Hye and her husband live a plain and ordinary life, just how he likes it.  But when Yeong-Hye starts having blood-soaked nightmares, she decides to cut meat from her diet. However, her decisions to live a plant-based diet are met with horror and disbelief, until her passive rebellion of societal norms manifests into more frightening forms. It’s a great read if you like books that are a bit strange! Buy it here.


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  • Natalie Harney

    I’ve read the Vegetarian and loved it! I’m adding all of the others to my to read list right now

    – Natalie

    • Lisa Collins

      Amazing Natalie! I gifted the vegetarian to someone and they loved it. Do you have any suggestions you would add to this list?

  • Izzy Bruning

    Oh my goodness how have I never read ‘the vegetarian’ before!!!
    Izzy | http://www.pinchofdelight.com

    • Lisa Collins

      The vegetarian is an AMAZING read Izzy. Definitely in my top 5. Do you have any suggestions you would add to this list?

  • Johanne

    Adding The Vegetarian and Odd Girl Out to my to-read list!

    • Lisa Collins

      That’s great Johanne, make sure to tell us how you got on with them!


    Thanks for this list! I never know what to get when I go to the book store!!


    • Lisa Collins

      It can be a bit daunting surrounded by so many fantastic reads. We’re glad we could help! Do you have any suggestions you think our readers would love Diana?

  • Humble & Rich

    Lies by T.M Logan is definitely a good book. Create a list of books to read in the plane too. I think that would be interesting :)

    My favorite book to read in the plane would be Tuesday with Morris. A short, interesting and touching book.

    With Regards,

    • Lisa Collins

      Thank you very much for the idea Humble&Rich, we will definitely do that! Thanks. I haven’t read that, but will have to check it out!

  • Val Pelkey Gropp

    Thanks for making a list…but.keeping the nasty women going..enlightenment…vegan lifestyle..how about some good novel reading while on VACATION,for instance…Summer of Light by W Dale Cramer..laugh, cry, relate, laugh?

  • Vanessa Cross

    Got through Nasty Women in a day – AH – MAZING! Thanks for the tip

    • Lisa Collins

      We’re so glad you loved it Vanessa! Do you have any books you would recommend?

      • Vanessa Cross

        Little Bee … one of the most heart wrenching books I have ever read!

  • Sheida Moheb

    Great recommendations! I love reading a good book on my beach holidays. For those who are planning a trip to the Mediterranean for this summer check out my blog: http://www.lemoni.it

    • Lisa Collins

      You have some beautiful tips in your posts Sheida, do you live in the mediterranean? Very jealous if you do! Do you have any books you would recommend?

      • Sheida Moheb

        Thanks Lisa yes I moved to Italy 7 years ago, its a beautiful country. You should come for your holidays! Yes I have three good recommendations for easy fun books for a holiday in Mediterranean: 1. Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie sets in French Riviera and its really funny . 2. Last Voyage of the Valentina by Santa Montefiore that sets in south of Italy and finally since I live in Rome I really enjoyed reading As The Romans Do by Alan Epstein.

  • Natalie Redman

    Great list! Really want that Blogger Plan!


    • Lisa Collins

      Then get purchasing Natalie! Summer is a great time to learn new skills or build on skills you already have, and blogging is a great one. Especially since it seems to be your passion! Love your blog x

      • Natalie Redman

        Thank you so much! And will do! x

  • Kritsida

    Been looking for a great book for my summer trips! Thanks for the inspo!
    x. kritsida

    • Lisa Collins

      We’re so glad we could help Kritsida, where are you going? whether by train or plane books make for perfect companions! There when you need them but won’t throw up on your fave shoes! Do you have any books you would recommend?

  • Tracie Marie

    That blogging book is $50? Are you kidding me? No thank you.