Is there anything better than lying by the pool or on the beach, holiday books on one side and an Aperol on the other? We certainly don't think so. But which summer reads should you be cramming into your suitcase this year? Well we've rounded up the best beach books for 2019. From gripping thrillers to heartbreaking romances, and a certain travel-sized magazine, these are the books that will keep you so enthralled you'll miss the sunset...
Pssst! You might need these book storage ideas when you get back from your trip.
1. The Flatshare, Beth O'Leary
Thought your house sharing set up was weird? Listen to this. Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. What could possibly go wrong?
2. Normal People, Sally Rooney
This is one of those bandwagon books that literally everyone is reading at the moment. But, guys, the hype is real. Follow Marianne and Connell on their journey through the microscope of small-town life and then the existential crisis of university. Sure we would say it was a love story but it's so much more than that too! Get this in your hand luggage NOW!
P.S We also fully recommend her first novel too Conversations With Friends (opens in new tab).
3. The Farm, Joanne Ramos
Tipped as The Handmaid's Tale's 2019 equivalent, The Farm is set at businesswoman Mae Yu's luxury fertility retreat, Golden Oaks: a place where women live their very best lives. Oh yer, but there's a catch: they have to dedicate themselves to being a surrogate to someone else's baby. Young Jane, who has a daughter, spots a chance to change their lives, but at what cost?
4. How Do You Like Me Now?, Holly Bourne
It's your typical tale about a woman who seemingly has it all, but underneath her relationship is falling apart and her best friend is close to leaving her behind. Sad times. But this book actually deals with this told-a-million-times tale with brutal honesty; it's hilarious, insightful and pretty touching at times. Basically, it's got all you could want from a holiday book.
5. I'll Never Tell, Catherine McKenzie
If you're always up for a good murder mystery, go for I'll Never Tell. Don't judge this by the clichéd front cover; it's a complicated, gripping read. After their parents' sudden deaths, five siblings reunite to decide what to do with their family's property. But before they can, they have to figure out what happened to their fellow camper Amanda... oooh.
6. City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls takes the reader back to 1940s New York city through the perspective of 89-year-old Vivian Morris, who reminisces about her wild time in the theatre and reflects on the year she was kicked out of college – a decision destined to change the fate of the then 19-year-old's life. Really, what else would we expect from the author of Eat, Pray, Love, if not a novel of a woman and her journey of self discovery?
7. You Think It, I'll Say It, Curtis Sittenfeld
Funny, witty, and razor-sharp, these short stories from acclaimed American author Curtis Sittenfeld are guaranteed to have you chuckling along. Soon to be a Netflix series, You Think It, I'll Say It is both clever and easy to read.
8. Searching for Sylvie Lee, Jean Kwok
Another one for you thriller lovers. When beautiful, brilliant Sylvie Lee vanishes while visiting her dying grandmother in the Netherlands, Sylvie’s sister Amy sets out to find her and uncovers family secrets that turn her world upside down. Dun dun dunnn. Although this book is so much more than your typical beach read thriller, it looks into the complicated, unintentional consequences of an immigrant family’s efforts to adapt, survive, and provide their children with a better future.
9. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
Is there a Big Little Lies shaped hole in your summer holiday? Get your teeth into Liane Moriarty's new novel! Nine Perfect Strangers follows the story of (you guessed it) nine strangers who met at a luxurious wellness retreat. However, it isn’t all yoga and spa treatments: expect plenty of romantic entanglements, intrigue and mystery at every turn...
10. Real Homes Magazine Travel Edition
Well, we couldn't not really, could we? But, exciting news, because the September issue of Real Homes magazine comes in a cute little travel size, so it can just slide neatly into your hand luggage or beach bag! Get your copy now, or if you can wait subscribe (opens in new tab) for the full sized copy and pay just £3 per issue.