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18th August 2018
10 Beach Reads to Take With You On Your Honeymoon
In search of a good book to kick back with on the beach? We’ve got you covered.
The perfect beach read is juicy, entertaining, and well-written, but still understandable after one or two mojitos. Add a thread or two of romance and you have just the thing to pack with you for your honeymoon. Here are some of our top literary picks for a lazy day by the pool or the sea.
1. Kevin Kwan – Crazy Rich Asians
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, she knows he’s well off…but she doesn’t realise he’s basically a prince. Chaos ensues as she’s tossed into the middle of Singapore high society. The film will be out soon so make sure you read this first!
2. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
Outlander has become a massively popular TV show in the past few years, but the books have been around since the late 90s. Claire Randall, a nurse from the Second World War, travels through time to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing Jamie Fraser – and that’s only the beginning.
3. Big Little Lies – Lianne Moriarty
Focusing on three different mothers, Jane, Celeste, and Madeline, who all have their own problems to deal with and secrets to hide, Big Little Lies is a compelling read all about the trouble simmering just below the surface in any picture-perfect neighbourhood.
4. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Yes, it’s long, and yes it’s controversial, but it’s quite a tale. Scarlett O’Hara, the charming and headstrong daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, ends up impoverished after the American Civil War and has to use any means at her disposal to claw her way out – including marriage.
5. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
Do you remember what it’s like to be a teenager, crushing on boys left, right, and centre, and ‘falling in love’ at the drop of a hat? 16-year-old Lara Jean Song writes love letters to the five boys she’s loved, but they’re for her eyes only. Until the day the unthinkable happens and her secret letters are actually posted…
6. Primates Of Park Avenue – Wednesday Martin
Wednesday Martin struggles to fit in on the Upper East Side – until she starts looking at it from an anthropological point of view, and thinking of the new community she lives in as simply another tribe of sophisticated apes. Suddenly things start falling into place. Although it sounds silly and pretentious, it’s interesting, funny and surprisingly touching.
7. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
Don’t believe what the title says – Eleanor Oliphant is not fine at all. She’s painfully lonely, has no social skills to speak of and her life is dominated by her cruel Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor and Raymond, the IT guy from her company, save Sammy, an elderly man who has taken a nasty fall.
8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who would have imagined that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met? As Juliet and her new pen pal exchange letters, the writer is drawn into the wonderfully eccentric world of her new correspondent and his literary friends.
9. Riders – Jilly Cooper
The cover art is beyond embarrassing but the story is worth it (plus you’re on holiday, so who cares). Riders, the first and steamiest in Jilly Cooper’s Rutshire Chronicles series, exposes the world international show-jumping, a sport where it’s the humans who behave like animals.
10. The French Gardener – Santa Montefiore
When Miranda and David Claybourne move into a country house with a once-beautiful garden, reality turns out to be very different from their dream. Then, a mysterious Frenchman arrives on their doorstep and slowly begins to heal both the past and the present. But who is he?