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10 Best vacation books to read on your next holiday!

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When wondering what to read on vacation I usually take into consideration the need to relax (usually by a pool or on the beach!) with a light but captivating page turner.

Whether you’ve been wondering ‘What books should I read in 2020?’ or ‘What books should I read this summer?’ this list includes the best book inspiration for your next vacation, from well known best vacation books and good reads to personal favorites.

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1 The Dry by Jane Harper

Best vacation books. The Dry by Jane Harper.

The Dry was the first book I read in forced lockdown in March 2020, and is the current top of my list of best vacation books.

A fairly easy book to read, involving a gripping murder mystery, which Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk aims to uncover when returning to his hometown in country Victoria, Australia.

A must add to you list of vacation reads.

2. Beach Read by Emily Henry

Best vacation books.  Beach Read by Emily Henry.

A romance writer and a literary writer set each other a challenge over a 3 month long summer. One of the best beach books to add to your suitcase!

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3. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Best vacation books. boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton.

Boy Swallows Universe was the second book I read during 2020. A captivating and incredible story based on true events in Queensland, Australia.

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4. Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby

Best vacation books.  Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby.

One of the most hilarious vacation reads, for anyone interested in the art of an album masterpiece and what happens to retired musicians. Also one of the more easy books to read in this list!

5. I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown.

A Reese Witherspoon holiday book club book, this stunning memoir is written by a new voice on race and justice.

6. Shakey (Neil Young biography) by Jimmy McDonogue

Shakey by Jimmy McDonough.

For anyone who loves to read a biography while on vacation, Shakey is the full story of Neil Young‘s incredible life and career.

7. Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale. 

Best vacation books. Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale.

A Jane Austen themed vacation retreat, now you’re talking!

8.  Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuison

Best vacation books. Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston.

The first irresistible installment in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston’s Seduction Diaries series proves that some secrets are too delicious to hide”

9. Plan B by Emily Barr

Plan B By Emily Barr.

“Plan B is well written, with enough emotional ups and downs and plot twists to keep you reading until the not-so-bitter end“- Observer 

10.  A Pure Drop, The Life of Jeff Buckley by Jeff Apter

 Best vacation books. Pure Drop by Jeff Apter.

Another for those who love a biography while on holiday. I read this while on vacation on Australia’s east coast, and was captivated by Jeff Buckley‘s life and story of true talent and sadness. An ideal summer beach read, and another must add to your list of vacation reads.

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If you’re searching for best vacation books in general, book inspiration, a new good read or wondering what to read on vacation, these tips are a starting point to add to your suitcase!

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