10 Top Books To Beat Your Vacation Blues

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Almost everyone we know is on holiday right now, while here in London the hot weather has just turned to a downpour of rain. Even in the sunshine we’re thinking about pools, palm trees and no work responsibilities. If you’re wishing yourself away on a summer holiday never fear, the next time you find yourself cosied up looking at people’s holiday photos grab one of these ten books and be transported to a new world.

#1 Luckiest Girl Alive Jessica Knoll

I love a good thriller, and if you’re a fan of books like Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train you’ll love this one. Reese Witherspoon even praised this book, calling it ‘one of those great stories that you can’t put down!’ The main character, Ani FaNelli has reinvented herself following her teenage years. She has an enviable perfect life, a great job, house and husband, but she has a secret. This book promises more twists you won’t see coming and a few scandalous truths that’ll shock you along the way.

#2 My Paris Dream by Kate Betts

If you’ve always wanted a little look into the life of a fabulous fashion journalist then this memoir from the editor of Harper’s Bazaar is for you. She delves into the 1980s and shares her journey establishing herself as a budding culture writer. Through Kate’s eyes, we see the whirlwind journey she embarked on and how she got to where she is today. A must read for any style lover.

#3 The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

A little bit like The Devil Wears Prada, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine. After a six month break, Imogen returns to find her twenty something former assistant Eve has changed the magazine almost unrecognisable. To reflect modern times the magazine is now coming into the digital era, and technophobe Imogen has to make a decision whether to pack up and call it a day or reign as queen of the office and learn to keep up with the times. This book is light, stylish and funny and will have you giggling all the way through.

#4 The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein

This novel has beautiful prose and explores the ideals of love under the ever-present midnight sun of Norway. Frances has fled heartbreak in Manhattan for an isolated artist colony and Yasha arrives from Brooklyn to bury his father “at the top of the world.” Together they have come to be alone, yet they are surprised when they find each other. For beautiful landscapes, humor, warmth, and togetherness read this book!

#5 Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

If you haven’t read To Kill A Mockingbird you most certainly should, to give you a heads up this is the book everybody is talking about at the moment as it’s been released as a sequel to that fantastic book. There’s certainly some controversy surrounding the release of the book, which has been covered in the news extensively, but ultimately this book is a must-read and an important one on the list. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch (Scout) returns home from New York to visit her aging father, Atticus. This book is set two decades after the first and still features the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that transformed the South and when Scout uncovers disturbing secrets about those closest to her she must step out of the shadows of the past and make sense of the changing world.

#6 Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

You may have seen the film trailer for this featuring Charlize Theron as the main character, Libby. If you want to get your foot in the door, read this book before the film comes out and be stunned by this twisty, dark novel. Libby was just a child when her brother murdered her whole family. Her testimony made sure he was locked up, but when her money runs out she’s introduced to The Kill Club, a secret society obsessed with murders and crimes, and they want her to conduct an investigation that they’d pay for, Libby agrees thinking it will be easy money. But once she starts her investigation she begins to suspect that she’s getting closer to the killer again, and she’s not sure it’s her brother.

#7 A fortunate age by Joanna Rakoff

Lil, Beth, Sadie, Emily, Dave and Tal are all graduates of the prestigious Oberlin College. They live in crumbling apartments and have jobs as actors and writers and are blissfully happy. Until the reality of life comes creeping up and shocks the group into facing adulthood, whether they’re ready or not. Tracing their lives through September 11 and other defining moments in America, it perfectly captures the dreams of a generation and can be translated to any twenty-something scared of the responsibilities of life and learning to cope in a very changing world.

#8 Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

If you like classics you’ll love this. After the death of her mother, Mary Yellan crosses the sprawling Cornish moors to Jamaica Inn, the home of her Aunt Patience. Instead of the woman she once remembered she finds Patience submissive and downtrodden, bullied by her vicious husband Joss. The inn is now a front for criminals, and Mary is unwillingly dragged into their dangerous world of smuggling, shipwrecks and murder. She has to make a decision to break the cycle and escape this life for good, no matter the cost.

#9 You’re Never Weird On The Internet by Felicia Day

Felicia’s rise to internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media, this is her memoir, chronicling her love affair with the internet and her rise to fame from journeying to Hollywood with a math degree and no contacts to creating her own web-series. This hilarious memoir will inspire you to share what makes you different with the world and not be afraid of your weirdness!

#10 The Underwriting by Michelle Miller

This book is touted as ‘The Social Network meets The Wolf of Wall Street’ and takes you behind closed doors into a post-recession world of sex scandals and underhanded dealings. Todd Kent has got it all, he’s young, attractive and on his way to the top of Wall Street when he’s picked to lead the IPO of a popular new dating app. He has two months to close the $14 billion deal of the decade, together with brainy Neha, party-boy Beau and his old college flame Tara they work to make their dreams come true. But when tragedy strikes Stanford University’s campus, there’s no telling where the sparks will fly or what will fall apart.

  1. Ah, I’m so excited about Go Set a Watchman, but I definitely need to get a head start on Dark Places too! I absolutely loved Gone Girl!

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