Going on holiday this summer? Lucky you! Don’t forget to pack your Kindle to make the most of your down time. You can take your personal library to the poolside or beach, airport or hotel room for no extra baggage cost whatsoever. And if you’re staying at home, why wouldn’t you want to escape on an imaginary adventure?
Yes, you can download hundreds and thousands of eBooks. But with so many on offer, you need to separate the wheat from the chaff and bury your head in a real page turner. That’s why there’s a round-up for you below, full of crime, romance and everything in between, all ready to fire up your imagination while on your vacation…
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2, Jack Thorne & J. K. Rowling
Okay, so we’ll level with you muggles, you can’t read the eighth book of the legendary Harry Potter series until 31 July 2016 – but your summer reading list simply won’t be complete without it. It’s a script book of the first Harry Potter stage story, soon to hit Palace Theatre’s West End stage.
Picking up where Deathly Hallows left off two years ago, The Boy Who Lived is now a married father of three, worked to the bone at the Ministry of Magic. His youngest son Albus grapples with the family legacy, so expect darkness, uncomfortable truths and, of course, magic.
Get it hot off the press, or pre-order, here.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016
Chances are you’ll settle down in one destination this summer. But why not return home a global expert and really impress your mates? Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016 is a must for holiday makers. Learn about everywhere from Botswana to Bavaria, ‘Best Moustache Destinations’ to ‘Best Places to Seek Silence’ – reading about (sometimes literally) the hottest holiday trends.
The global travel guide is widely touted as ‘a year’s worth of travel inspiration’. Although you can just as easily do as the locals do, by downloading Lonely Planet guide specific to your summer holiday location.
Download it to your eBook here.
Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop, Abby Clements
You shouldn’t have to do anything taxing on your summer holiday, it defeats the point. So here’s a super easy read, with a sunshine and sea twist, for you to unwind too. Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop sees sisters Imogen and Anna inherit their grandma’s ice cream parlour – The Brighton shop. For once in their lives, they work hard together to save their family legacy from melting away… like, well, ice cream. You’ll see one go to Italy non a gourmet ice cream making course, and the other at Glastonbury. But who finds an unlikely romance?
Get the scoop here.
A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson
This isn’t what you think it is. It’s a sprawling saga of post-war Britain, mingled with family drama, which covers more than a century. The God mentioned in the title is actually the enormously likable main character himself – Teddy Todd. The Kindle eBook is split into to, with the first part recounting his 70 bombing runs over Nazi Germany and action-packed glory days, while the second sees him living his current life as a widowed provincial journalist.
A God in Ruins put Kate Atkinson on the map. Surly the book which earned her wide acclaim as ‘one of the greatest novelists of her time’ deserves a spot on your summer holiday reading list?
Read it here.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert
Summer holidays are your time for rest and recovery. So if you’re feeling stuck in a well-worn rut at home, here’s how to jump start your creativity for when you get back – Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. You needn’t paint, write, dance or sing to get the most out of it. Well written and laced with anecdotes, you’ll devour it in no time. Gilbert’s book of mantras and inspiring quotes shakes you awake by the shoulders, reminding you to trust yourself, to be curious and to ignore the nay-sayers.
Unleash your creativity here.
The Girl on The Train, Paula Hawkins
Here’s one to read on your journey, whether you’re jetting off or returning home from your summer holiday. You see, the dark and haunting psychological thriller wouldn’t exist if not for a train ride. Divorcee and blatant alcoholic Rachel travels to London, past her old neighbourhood every day. She sees a glamorous couple living in her old home and invents a life of them. Then the woman, Megan, goes missing, dragging Rachel into the investigation and you into the story.
The Girl on The Train is told from three unreliable women, who all have skeletons in their closet. That makes for interesting reading. They’re nasty characters, so expect back-stabbing, innuendos and lies.
Jump right in to the thick of it here.
The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith
The first in this mystery crime thriller trilogy sees a troubled model fall to her death from a snowy London balcony. It’s widely, and wrongly, assumed suicide. But her brother doesn’t buy it, and you won’t either. He forks out to hire downtrodden Private Investigator Cormoran Strike for double his usual fee. But the deeper the borderline bankrupt war Veteran delves into the case, the more danger he becomes embroiled in. Reckon you can suss out the culprit before your summer holiday ends?
Dive in here.
Before I Go To Sleep, S J Watson
Don’t judge a good book by its bad film version. It’s crazy how a mundane suburb twists and turns its way to a chaotic, whopper of an ending in Before I Go To Sleep. After an accident, which is barely touched upon, Christine suffers amnesia. Can you imagine losing your memory, having to relearn your name, identity and the past twenty years of your life every morning? The person she loves only tells her half the story, and soon you just won’t know who to trust.
Read it and weep here.
Me Before You, JoJo Moyes
Whatever you do, don’t watch the Me Before You blockbuster due in cinemas on 3rd June 2016. At least not until you’ve read the book on your kindle. Louisa Clark loves black and yellow stripped tights. Despite lacking qualifications and experience, The Job Centre tells her to work as an assistant for quadriplegic Will Turner. Yes, it’s heart-wrenching. But the New York Times Number 1 bestseller is better than you’re imagining. They open each other’s eyes to the world, and develop quite the relationship.
Download it to your kindle here.
So there you have it, your list of nine must-reed eBooks this summer. Need advice about your Kindle? Speak to an expert.