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5 Books That Should Make Your Summer Holiday List

Updated on July 7, 2019

The upcoming summer season brings enormous joy to every single person heading on a holiday trip. Mountain hiking, lake camping or a trip to the beach are just some of the plenty options many of us are going to choose from this summer.

Based on your preferences, the holiday season could be soaked with many exciting activities or you could be just lying around and resting while the fresh summer breeze gently whispers in your ear. Anyhow, the holiday season cannot be imagined without a great book-companion.

Even though we live in the smartphone-era where people are mostly turned towards entertainment, there are a few things in the world that could replace the relaxing feeling of reading a book on a beach, while waves are slowly splashing and buzzing. In the following texts, there are 5 books that should make your summer holiday list.

#1 Everybody’s Right - Paolo Sorrentino (2011)

We start off this list with a great book by an Italian writer and director Paolo Sorrentino. A book Everybody’s Right tells a story about Tony Pagoda, world-renowned crooner, cokehead, and an egoistic entertainer who adores himself the most.

Pagoda is a guy who was once hobnobbing with Frank Sinatra, a guy who was adored by the whole county, a grand cantante whose voice was so strong he could reach into the most delicate parts of human soul. But his time is long gone, and some new winds are blowing in the entertainment industry.

After a brief tour in South America, Tony decides to stay in Brazil a start again. His decision is followed by a reconstruction of a former life, with a completely different approach to a surrounding world.

This book is an exquisite example of contemporary literature and its postmodern style, with a first-person voice making it quite authentic. Because of the great storytelling skills, both in creating films and writing books, Everybody’s Right represents a great summer read for all of its emotions, descriptions and ‘life’ situations to whom anyone can relate.

#2 A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman (2012)

Fredrik Backman is a Swedish columnist, blogger, and writer who became world-famous after the book A Man Called Ove landed in the bookshops around the globe. The novel was an instant success, making it a “book phenomenon” across the night.

The story follows a man called Ove - a quintessential grumpy old man. Even though the story depicts a misanthrope whose wife passed away, only wanting to end his life and the agony of living alone, this wonderful book is filled with small surprises, turnarounds, life joy and innate emotions that paint the beautiful string of mundane events.

This book is not just a relaxing journey into the protagonist life, but it also sucks you deep into every day’s victories and defeats, while managing to bring smiles and tears on your face.

If you have a space for only one book in your travel case, then this both heart-warming and heart-wrenching story about a simple man, with a strong set of principles, will be the summer holiday fulfillment you definitely need.

#3 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón (2001)

The next book on the list is another international sensation - The Shadow of the Wind. Written by the Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, the book revolves around the young boy named Daniel Sempere and his journey that results in unexpected and mysterious discovering.

Situated in the aftermath of the Second World War, in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, the city of Barcelona hides many secrets. This book instantly sucks you into the story, and soon enough you are on the same journey as the main protagonist.

Beautiful descriptions of the breathtaking capital of Cataluna, devastated yet marvelous, creates a unique reading experience intertwined with an adventurous and politically unstable surrounding. This is a book that will keep your attention throughout the whole vacation and it should most certainly be on your reading list.

#4 My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante (2016)

A book My Brilliant Friend is another contemporary masterpiece written by an acclaimed Italian author Elena Ferrante. The story follows Elena Greco, called Lenù, and Rafaella Cerullo, called Lila. The two of them form an enthusiastic bond during the first year of school.

Situated in a dusty, low-rise neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, this book examines class structure, friendships and society in its various forms. Marvelous books that caught the eye of both literary critics and readers around the globe is one of the best books written in this decade.

A meticulous portrait of two female characters and their friendship along with the wider tale of community and its customs makes My Brilliant Friend without a doubt, one of the most brilliant choices for your summer holiday.

#5 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini (2003)

Afgan-American author Khaled Hosseini debuted with a book The Kite Runner. And it became classic. The novel follows a story of Amir, a young boy from the district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan.

The story span reflects on the boisterous events of the fall Afganistan’s monarchy and the Soviet intervention. It also touches the subject of the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, followed by the rise of the Taliban regime.

This unforgettable story about friendship, politics and social schism is both a touching family novel and a heart-breaking story about downturns that can cost everything. Hosseini became a well-known author, publishing many other great books, but this remained a true masterpiece that should follow you to your summer destination.

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      Lora Hollings 

      9 months ago

      These books all sound like they would be a great read for summer or any season! Thanks for sharing this list. I will be getting these books soon as I look forward to reading them.


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