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A summer holiday is all about down-time and enjoying the nice weather. But all that time and no to-do list to complete can be quite a shock to the system. You’ve booked some cheap flights, found somewhere nice to stay – now what should you do? Well, remember that thing people used to do that involved opening a book and reading for fun? There’s nothing like getting lost in a novel for a relaxing way to enjoy your free time. Whether you plan to load it on a nifty little tablet or buy a paper version of it, here’s a guide to help you decide which book should accompany you on holiday this summer based on your holiday personality and preferred activities:

 

Your favourite holiday activity: Lounging on a beach.

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What you should be reading: The Beach Club.

There’s nothing like an exclusive beach club as the setting for some drama and intrigue. Elin Hilderbrand’s first novel is perfect for getting sand stuck between the pages and to lead you to imagine the next-door sunbathers are hiding a whole closet full of secrets.

Your favourite holiday activity: Exploring the historic sites.

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What you should be reading: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

This historical novel by Louis de Bernieres is fascinating not just for its account of the Italian and German occupation of Greece during World War II, but also for its wonderful depiction of the beautiful Greek island of Kefalonia. Why not book a holiday and read the novel while surrounded by its stunning setting?

 

Your favourite holiday activity: Immersing yourself in the local culture.

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What you should be reading: The Rum Diary.

Foreign flings, escapes from local police, cock-fights, wild tavern parties, and a whole lot of local liquor. This book by the brilliant Hunter S. Thompson will sweep you up and have you making best friends with the mafia of your holiday town in no time.

 

Your favourite holiday activity: Going out on the town.

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What you should be reading: Valley of the Dolls.

This cult classic is all about extreme partying, as it follows the lives of three show girls in 1960s New York. Not suitable for children, but definitely suitable for poolside reading while you recover from the night before.

 

Your favourite holiday activity: Spending time with the family.

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What you should be reading: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

There are feel-good books that succeed in being as quirky and as heartwarming as this one. In the face of adversity, community becomes family and bizarre happenings make the novel a hilarious read.

 

Your favourite holiday activity: Going on a date with a mysterious stranger (preferably with a thick accent).

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What you should be reading: Comanche Moon.

This novel is about as intense as romances come, with the threat of war resting entirely on the shoulders of a wholly unlikely pair who can barely even handle their own language barrier, let alone the barrier between their peoples. You won’t be able to put it down, it might make you cry, and it will most certainly make you swoon.

 What are your favourite holiday reads? Let us know in the comments below

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