5 Books For Your Staycation Summer Holiday

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Processed with VSCO with c1 presetI recently wrote a post on five outfits to wear on your summer holiday staycation. The idea behind this was to not feel disheartened about missing out on our summer holidays and make the most out of our summer wardrobes- even if its only just to potter round the shops or catch some rays in the back garden in. I thought I’d write an accompanying post on five books to read on your staycation. For book lovers, and lesser readers, reading on holiday is a huge part of what makes the relaxing experience what it is. For many, its the one or two times a year we actually have time to dedicate to kicking back and enjoying a good book with little reservation and minimal distractions. These are all books I think would make great beach reads or poolside paperbacks, and when that’s not possible, they’re still a damn good summer read for our at home staycations.

Everything I Know About Love, Dolly Alterton

I read Alterton’s bestselling memoir a few years ago. At that time, I knew very little of the journalist and author; I just like the idea of reading about someone else’s experiences; being as nosy as they would allow and seeking out that #relatable content wherever I could. I’m glad I did as I fondly remember turning from page to page laughing out loud, feeling warm and fuzzy over Altertone’s nostalgia-filled narration, and most of all, finally feeling like I wasn’t totally alone with all this growing up and growing older madness. Whatever age you are, Everything I Know About Love has something we can all relate to and is guaranteed to get you laughing so hard you’ll be spluttering into your freshly whipped dalgona coffee.

‘When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming an adult, journalist and former Sunday Times columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, finding a job, getting drunk, getting dumped, realizing that Ivan from the corner shop might just be the only reliable man in her life, and that absolutely no one can ever compare to her best girlfriends. Everything I Know About Love is about bad dates, good friends and—above all else— realizing that you are enough.’– Goodreads

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The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks always screams summer holidays to me. His North-Carolina romances emit heat and humidity, and sometimes, you can’t help but let the stuffy sweetness of romance suffocate you. I’m not too well-versed in Spark’s work, ashamedly, I’ve definitely seen many more movie adaptations than read his books. Nevertheless, The Last Song has always been an essential summer read for me. I used to read this book religiously as soon as the summer sun hit. You may be familiar with the movie adaptation starring Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth (talk about a throw-back), but I encourage you to pick up the paperback and immerse yourself in a world of beach romance– especially when you’re deprived of such wonderment yourself.

‘Seventeen-year-old Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father . . . until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.’- Goodreads

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The Good Fight, Danielle Steel

I managed to go my whole life without picking up a Danielle Steel novel. Up until last summer, I remained completely ignorant of Steel’s mountainous literary output. Any of Steel’s light-hearted, easy to read, and endlessly engaging works would make the perfect summer read. The one I’m recommending to, you above the rest, is The Good Fight. I picked up The Good Fight last summer on a last-ditch trip to Tesco in search of the holiday reads I had been severely lacking in. Enticed by its girl-power inspired storyline and set against the backdrop of the 1960s social movements, I knew it would be the perfect read for me. I’d say if you’re a fan of historical fiction, but don’t enjoy getting too bogged down with old-timey etiquette and events, this is the perfect read for you.

‘The daughter and granddaughter of prominent Manhattan lawyers, Meredith McKenzie is destined for the best of everything: top schools, elite social circles, the perfect marriage. Spending her childhood in Germany as her father prosecutes Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials, Meredith soaks up the conflict between good and evil as it plays out in real time. When her family returns to the United States, she begins blazing her own trail, swimming against the tides, spurred on by her freethinking liberal grandfather, determined to become a lawyer despite her traditional, conservative father’s objections. She forges a lifelong friendship with a young German Jewish woman whose family died in the concentration camps. And while her grandfather rises to the Supreme Court, Meredith enlists in the most pressing causes of her time, fighting for civil rights and an end to the Vietnam War.’- Goodreads

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Daisy Jones and The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid

I have to admit, it feels a little redundant putting Daisy on here. Daisy Jones and The Six is probably the most recommended book of the summer, if not the year. I’ve always thought books that come so heavily recommended are that way for a reason, and Daisy Jones and The Six is a book that’s not to be missed. Similar to The Good Fight, if you’re a historical fiction fan, but you’re more interested in the culture and society of the time than the actual historical fact, Daisy is the perfect read for you. Due to its unusual interview like structure, it’s one of the quickest reads I’ve ever experienced (probably best to pack an extra paperback if this is your choice). It’s definitely the most fun and flirtatious book I’ve read in a long time. I, like many, highly recommend!

‘Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ‘n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.- Goodreads’


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The Girls, Emma Cline

I read The Girls a few years back on holiday in Rome. It’s not got the same cheery and fun atmosphere as most of the other books on this list; its definitely for those that like a little more drama and suspense in their summer reads. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it immensely and it’s a book that’s stuck with me over the years. The Girls is a historical coming of age novel which is loosely based off of the infamous Manson Family. It steps away from the boyfriends and boybands that many coming of age tales chronicle and takes us somewhere much darker and much more psychologically impacting. Despite the debilitating topic, it’s still relatively easy to read, it has that dreamy 1960s Cali aesthetic running through, and will keep you clinging on to the edge of your sunlounger all the way through.

‘Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.’-Goodreads

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That’s five recommendations for your staycation summer reading. I’d love to know what you guys are reading now the warmer weather is here and if you’ve read any of my recommendations!

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