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10 Best Books to Read on Vacation

Updated on March 15, 2015

Perfect Vacation Reading

Having a vacation, whatever the time of year, usually makes most of us turn our thoughts to which good book should we take with us?

Whether it is the calm relaxing environment of the beach, with the sound of the ocean and the warmth of the sun on your body, or the comfortable chair after a long walk, reading a good book will make your vacation just perfect.

Being away for many days on a vacation break will of course give you a great chance of getting your head into a good book or two, but which books should you choose to take with you?

Browse through this list of the ten best books to read on vacation and see if any of them are indeed worthy of being your reading companion.

Welcome to 10 Best Books to Read on Vacation, a Reading List to Help You to Remember to Take a Good Book

Introduction to the List

If you are anything like me you will enjoy reading great vacation novels, in that case you are in for a real treat.

Listed below you will discover the very best vacation stories, all with personal reviews which will give you an insight of what each novel has to offer you.

So pick the ones that most appeal to you and enjoy your vacation reading with the 10 Best Books To Read On Vacation.

Thin Blue Smoke

by Doug Worgul

Thin Blue Smoke - by Doug Worgul

Thin Blue Smoke
Thin Blue Smoke

LaVerne Williams is a reformed felon, ex-ballplayer, and owner of Kansas City's best barbecue joint. Ferguson Glen is an Episcopal priest, faded literary star, and a lover of God, women, and liquor—but not necessarily in that order. Their lives intersect at LaVerne's diner—"Smoke Meat," as the regulars call it. An epic redemption tale and the story of two men coming to terms with their pasts, this is also a funny and soulful novel about faith, race, storytelling, bourbon, the language of rabbits, and the finer points of barbecue technique.


The Stars In The Bright Sky

by Alan Warner

The Stars In The Bright Sky - by Alan Warner

Stars in the Bright Sky
Stars in the Bright Sky

Manda has stayed in the town where she grew up, along with Kylah and Chell, while Kay and Finn have escaped to university, to study architecture and philosophy respectively, and are here again reunited along with Finn's mysteriously beautiful and rich English friend, Ava.. The girls' initial plans for a cheap European holiday are quashed when Manda loses her passport and so, with a day to kill, the girls set off for a day in the country at Hever Castle before plans are re-scheduled. Much of the time is spent in the confines of the airport bars.


The Ghost Writer

by Robert Harris

The Ghost Writer - by Robert Harris

The Ghost Writer: A Novel
The Ghost Writer: A Novel

Former British prime minister Adam Lang is up against a firm deadline to submit his memoirs to his publisher, and the project is dangerously derailed when his aide and collaborator, Michael McAra, perishes in a ferry accident off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. To salvage the book, a professional ghostwriter is hired to whip the manuscript into shape, but the unnamed writer soon finds that separating truth from fiction in Lang’s recollections a challenge. The stakes rise when Lang is accused of war crimes for authorizing the abduction of suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in Pakistan, who then ended up in the CIA’s merciless hands.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Schaffer

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - by Mary Ann Schaffer

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Set in both London and Guernsey Island, this novel follows author Juliet as she becomes friends with the inhabitants of the island shortly after the end of World War 2. Juliet learns of the occupied island and its deprivations, as well as the resounding spirit of the people who live there. As she writes, she becomes more and more intrigued with the stories of the people who survived the hard times, and she decides to create a book based on their experiences. In order to gather more information, Juliet moves temporarily to the island and soon finds herself immsersed in the culture and relationships.


Nothing to Envy

by Barbara Demick

Nothing to Envy - by Barbara Demick

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

A bracing chronicle of the horrific consequences of decades of brutality provide the context for the wrenching life stories of North Korean defectors. Mi-ran explains that even though her “tainted blood” (her father was a South Korean POW) kept her apart from the man she loved, she managed to become a teacher, only to watch her starving students waste away. Dr. Kim Ki-eum could do nothing to help her dying patients. Mrs. Song, a model citizen, was finally forced to face cruel facts. Strongly written and gracefully structured, A potent blend of personal narratives and piercing journalism vividly and evocatively portrays courageous individuals.



by Ian McEwan

Solar - by Ian McEwan


After winning a Nobel Prize, Michael Beard lives a dismal life. However, after his most recent wife leaves him, Beard attempts to start living life to the fullest. He stumbles into this new life with a great deal of fanfare and catastrophe: covering up murder and devising a plan to harness the power of the sun to save the planet. The book contains a range of characters and emotions, especially Beard's arrogance and self-righteousness, and Beard's zany adventures enhance it's humorous quality.


The Love Verb

by Jane Green

The Love Verb - by Jane Green

Love Verb
Love Verb

Callie Perry seems to have it all: a handsome husband she adores, two adorable children, and a thriving business as a portrait photographer. A battle with breast cancer four years ago only made her marriage to Reece stronger, but the couple faces a major setback when agonizing headaches and a frightening blackout send Callie back to the hospital soon after celebrating her forty-third birthday. While Callie's oncologist tries to determine if her cancer has returned, her family rallies around her. Callie's father, Warren, has barely been able to be in the same room with their mother, Honor, since she left him; but news of Callie's plight brings him rushing to her bedside.


The Best of Times

by Penny Vincenzi

The Best of Times - by Penny Vincenzi

The Best of Times
The Best of Times

On a sweltering Friday afternoon in August, traffic is backed up on the M4 highway outside of London when a truck jackknifes across five lanes and causes miles of confusion and chaos. As the ambulances arrive, lives are changed and stories are unfolded. Barney Fraser is a harried groomsman trying to get his friend to the church. Mary Bristow is a widow hurrying to meet the dashing American soldier she turned down during the war. William Grainger is a charming young farmer who sees it all happen from his cow pasture. Jonathan Gilliatt is a star gynecologist trapped in the car with his mistress Abi, who is furious at being dumped.


Savannah Breeze

by Mary Kay Andrews

Savannah Breeze - by Mary Kay Andrews

Savannah Breeze: A Novel
Savannah Breeze: A Novel

Southern belle BeBe Loudermilk continues to attract the wrong kind of man. Thrice married and divorced, her latest romantic debacle involves Ryan Edward "Reddy" Millbanks, an unscrupulous financial consultant who takes her for nearly everything she owns. All BeBe has left is the Breeze Inn, a run-down motor hotel on Tybee Island, a quirky beach town. With the help of best friend Weezie, an antiques expert with a talent for turning garbage into gold, BeBe is determined to make the property a success.


In Her Shoes

by Jennifer Weiner

In Her Shoes - by Jennifer Weiner

In Her Shoes: A Novel
In Her Shoes: A Novel

The Feller sisters are equal but opposite. Maggie is the good-looking, dyslexic little sister who knows how to get anything she wants--but not how to keep it. She "felt as if somewhere between the ages of fourteen and sixteen she'd walked off the edge of a cliff and had been falling ever since." Rose is the plump, practical, responsible older sister who knows about law but not much about her own happiness: "What did she like, besides shoes, and Jim, and foods that were bad for her?" When Maggie's latest eviction lands her in Rose's apartment, and Maggie insults Rose by seducing one of her sister's rare boyfriends, what follows is a chain of events by turns hilarious and heartbreaking.


A Few Words From Your Reviewer

Ever since I can remember I have loved to read a good book on vacation. You have just had the chance to explore my reviews and recommendations of these 10 Best Books To Read On Vacation. I hope that they have provided you with the information that you were seeking so that you can make your choice of the next set of vacation novels that you will be reading.

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      yoursfoolie 3 years ago

      I haven't read any of them either. Not sure if that's because I'm getting old & out of the loop, or because I haven't taken a vacation in way too long! Hey, maybe it's both...

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I haven't read any of these so the next time I take a vacation, I will check here first. Thanks.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      nice list - i see several i can add for future lazy day reading. pinned here:

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Every onne of these is new to me.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Several books here that are new to me, so I'll be happy to explore further.

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      I like suspense books.

      Books that you can't put down.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Missed one. The Killer by Jack Elgos

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      zimbali2011 6 years ago

      Good recommendations thanks!b