No cottage holiday is complete without a good book; long car rides, lazy afternoons, country picnics and evenings spent curled up in front of an open fire are all perfect opportunities for reading. Having been on many cottage holidays, the team here at Sykes Cottages know exactly what type of book is required; not too long, easily digestible and very entertaining. So if you’re looking to add a few good books to your collection, keep reading as we suggest a few of the best books to read whilst on a cottage holiday.
The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
Louise – “My choice would be The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins. This psychological thriller is probably one of the most talked about books of the year and for very good reason- even Stephen King tweeted about how much he enjoyed it! Taking inspiration from Hitchcock and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (to which it has been heavily compared, but to which it is different and brilliant in its own right); it’s a page-turning masterpiece that I couldn’t put down from start to finish and that I would thoroughly recommend.”
The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
Leanne – “I’ve been a Dorothy Koomson fan ever since reading her second novel The Chocolate Run; a light hearted, chocolate fuelled romantic comedy that is certainly worth a read. Dorothy’s latest novels, however, are all more serious in nature with The Rose Petal Beach being no different. With the novel having various narrators, Dorothy takes you on a journey where you’re never too sure who to believe. The twists, turns and incredible narration of this novel make it the ideal summer holiday read. In fact, if you’re looking for a book to take with you on your summer holiday this year, or are just looking for a new author to fall in love with – I urge you to pick up something written by Dorothy Koomson. You won’t be disappointed!”
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Nicole – “My favourite stories are those involving magic, mystery, mythical creatures and danger, which is why my choice for a good cottage holiday read is The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. The story follows two friends as they are taken from their homes and enrolled into the School for Good and Evil, but the girls find their fortunes twisted as beautiful Sophie is dumped at the School for Evil and dark, quiet Agatha finds herself at the School for Good. Offering something for all ages, from love and heartache to friendship and rivalry; this book is suitable for both children and adults making it a must for your suitcase.”
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared
Jamie – “The Hundred Year Old Man was my favourite book of last summer so it’s only right that I should recommend it for this year! It tells the tale of Allan Karlsson who, on his 100th birthday, makes a break for freedom from his nursing home and manages to get himself caught up in in a series of bizarre and unfortunate events involving a few criminals, a suitcase full of money and an elephant. Throughout the book you also get a taste of Allan’s colourful past ranging from helping create the atom bomb to dalliances with historical figures such as Stalin, Mao and Harry Truman. All in all, the Hundred Year Old Man makes for the perfect summer book, easy to read, light and entertaining – what more could you want?”
So what do you think? Will you be adding these best sellers to your lists of holiday must reads, or perhaps you have some suggestions for us? Let us know what you think, you can reach us through both Facebook and Twitter.