What’s your favourite holiday read?

Woman on a white sandy beach reading from a tablet

Woman on a white sandy beach reading from a tabletWhiling away the days on holiday with a good book is a fantastic way to spend your time, especially if you’re somewhere sunny.

But what to take?

Whether you’re a fan of ‘real’ books or prefer a kindle or e-reader, here are some recommendations from our authors…

Life After Life by Kate AtkinsonLife After Life by Kate Atkinson

Someone lent me this for my holiday last year and I read it in two days (a record given I was away with my small children). The concept – what if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right – was intriguing. We all wonder ‘what if’ – and this book explores and indulges that fantasy.

Kay Garrett (me)

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma HealeyElizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

This book combines a gripping mystery plot with a heart-wrenching insight into dementia. It has fantastic female characters – great roles for the forthcoming film.

Nadine Cooper


The Godmother by Carrie Adams A fun read – a fresh spin on chick-lit and something different!The Godmother by Carrie Adams

A fun read – a fresh spin on chick-lit and something different!



Hideous Kinky by Esther FreudHideous Kinky by Esther Freud

Anyone going to Marrakech in Morocco should read Hideous Kinky – my copy was well passed around and travelled worldwide, shared by ladies along the way.

Diane Carter


The Sound of Laughter by Peter KayThe Sound of Laughter by Peter Kay

I was crying with laughter all the way with this one.

Krys Wojnarowicz


The RookThe Rook by Daniel O’Malley

I passed this on to a friend who, like me, enjoyed the Thursday Next books by Jasper Fford and she loved it too.

The book can divide opinions but if you like Jasper Fford and a novel that bigs up the world of ‘administrators’ then it’s worth a read.

Giselle Sterry

The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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A bit of magic and intrigue…

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I’ve just read this and it was a real page turner.

Helen Leach

The Housewife books by Alison Penton HarveyThe Housewife books by Alison Penton Harvey

Side-splittingly funny and modern – you won’t want to put them down!

Julie Fido


The Secret by Rhonda ByrneThe Secret by Rhonda Byrne

I’d heard so much about this, it kept coming up. And it’s very interesting. Whether you believe that the universe conspires to give you everything you want, or in the law of attraction, it’s an interesting (and very quick) read. Make your own mind up…

And my favourite books for reading in hot climates, and I could read over and over because they’re just classics are:

Chocolat/Five Quarters of an Orange or Joanne Harris’ books!

The Island by Victoria Hislop

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Berniéres

Deborah Garlick


Cloud Street/Breathe by Tim WintonCloud Street/BreatheThe Little Lady Agency trilogy by Hester Browne by Tim Winton

The Little Lady Agency trilogy by Hester Browne

All excellent reads.

Katherine Bellchambers Wilson


Do you have any books you’d like to recommend for summer reading?


About Kay Garrett

I’m Henpicked's editor, which means I'm lucky enough to spend my time reading the fabulous articles our authors send in. I'm a massive James Bond fan, an Agatha Christie geek and love films and books in general. Most of my spare time is spent with my husband and our two lively and very lovely daughters.