2016 Holiday Book Guide

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It’s now June, and that means summer holidays are fast approaching! It’s all too easy to forget about summer reading and panic-buy at the airport while they’re calling out your gate number, but this year maybe it’s time to make a more informed decision. After all, there’s nothing more annoying than putting down a book and realising it was a waste of your holiday time! I’ve put together a list of 5 books that I’ve either read myself, or that have been given amazing reviews so will be added to my own wishlist!the girl on the train

1. Girl on the Train

I read this book towards the end of last year, and I can honestly say I didn’t put it down. I think I finished it in about 2 days! The story is eery, but is written with such style that it makes it a pleasure to read. It is a number one bestselling novel, described as a “psychological thriller”, and features a woman called Rachel who catches the same train every morning and finds herself gazing into the windows of the houses she passes. Until she spots something unforgettable through one of these windows, and her life can’t be the same… It’s utterly gripping! 

2. Gone Girl

gone girlWith this book, I set myself the goal to read the whole thing before I saw the film (starring Ben Affleck), and for once I actually managed it! This was also a number one bestseller and the story revolves around a man called Nick Dunne and his wife Amy. Amy goes missing on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary and the police suspect Nick. The suspense is carried through the whole book and you can hardly work out what’s going to happen. This was another novel I could hardly put down, so if you haven’t already, read it this summer!  

3. Me Before Youme before you


I haven’t actually read this book yet, but it’s top of my list! I want to read it before I see the film ideally. The love story involves two characters; Lou and Will. It’s been described as “poignant” and “heartfelt” and was written by Jojo Moyes. There have been over 8 million copies sold worldwide, and I don’t know about you but I’m desperate to jump on the bandwagon.


in a dark dark wood4. In a Dark, Dark Wood

This novel is actually on my bedside table waiting to be read. The Independent described this as “This year’s hottest crime novel” which fills me with confidence that this will be a good read. The main character is called Nora, who gets invited to a hen party from old friend Clare who she hasn’t spoken to in years after walking out of her life. The hen party involves a weekend away in a remote cottage where Nora hopes to reconnect with her friend, but “something goes very wrong and as secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.”

5. I let you go

I haven’t read this one either yet, but it was a Sunday Times Bestseller and the reviews are really positive so I think it’s worth a go. “In a split second, i let you goJenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare after a tragic accident. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating…” The reviews describe it to be gripping and addictive – perfect for holiday!

Hopefully this 2016 Holiday Book Guide has given you enough to get you started! If you have read any good books recently, please write them in the comments!

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