The Comprehensive Guide To Picking Your Next Beach Read
You’ve done it. After much hemming and hawing, you finally booked the Ryanair flight to Lanzarote/Corfu/The Algarve…and paid the extra €4 for priority boarding too. Now all that’s left to do is decide what book to pack.
Sounds simple, right?
Not so much.
See, choosing the perfect book to take on holiday is an exact science. When suitcase space is limited and airlines are enforcing baggage weight restrictions, you can’t be lugging a hardback that just isn’t right all the way to Tenerife.
To make the correct decision, it’s important to first examine what constitutes a good vacation page-turner. After all, they’re a completely different breed to the novels we read on the Luas or when there’s nothing on the telly.
First and foremost, a good beach read must be relaxing. A 2017 survey found 98% of us go on holiday to relax, so your choice of literary entertainment should contribute to the soothing ambience of your trip. For that reason, anything dark and harrowing is out. Those stories have their place, sure, but it isn’t on a sun lounger in Santorini. And unless you know physics like the back of your hand, non-fiction reads heavy on high-flung scientific concepts should also be left on the other side of Terminal Two.
Instead, indulge yourself! Go for the book you want to dive into more than your hotel’s infinity pool, even if it does feel like a guilty pleasure. That TOWIE star’s autobiography? Throw it in! The teen romance ghost-written by an Instagram star? Absolutely. A wayward sports star’s attempt at redemption in 300 pages? Why not! It’s especially important to remember this when you’re tempted to pack the forgotten book you got in the office Secret Santa last Christmas. Your holiday read shouldn’t be a chore; it should be as exciting and novel (pardon the pun) as the tiny toiletries you picked up from Boots. Reach for the buzziest book of the season, the one that’s sure to be made into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Reese Witherspoon before long. You deserve it.
Need a few suggestions? Here are our picks!
- Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling by Sarah Breen and Emer McLysarght. This side-splitter follows 28-year-old Aisling, a typical Irish girl next door navigating the all-too-familiar world of commuting to the Big Smoke from the midlands, deciding which county jersey to bring on holidays, and racing to nab the free hotel breakfast the morning after a wedding. If you don’t know at least one complete Aisling in your life, we’ve got some news for you…
- Daisy Jones And The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. A must-read for fans of Almost Famous, Daisy Jones And The Six is an oral history of a (fictional) seventies rock and roll band. Jump on the bandwagon before its upcoming Amazon Video adaptation.
- Alone On The Wall by Alex Honnold with David Roberts. Learn about the life and career of Alex Honnold who, in 2017, made history when he scaled the face of Yosemite’s El Captain without a rope, partner or any protective gear. Let him do the thrill-seeking while you sip your margarita with all feet firmly on the ground.