The Best Books for Vacation Reading

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My idea of summer vacation is to go on a Greek island, rest beneath the blue sky, stare the blue sea, drink a fine daiquiri, and enjoy reading my new books. Oh! I feel so excited to do it! 

Well, I need to work on my kids’ schedules to make it happen. So how about you? What is your ideal vacation? Well, do you also love to read books? What book type of genre do you like when you go on a beach?

For me, besides a novel, I also like sci-fi, the true to life stories, and thrill ones. 

With lots of great books, I feel like I want them all to read while on a beach. This is where I feel lost. Lost in choosing which best books for vacation reading I should bring?
Well, that is from the past years, now made a top list that I should have. Are you looking for what is a good beach read? I got it for you! 

Here follow my top best books for vacation reading, hope you got yours too.

What is a good beach read?

Other good options are some of Elon Musks’s favorite books with many sci-fi options. If you are more on the entrepreneurship side, you can check Seth Godin’s favorite books.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Title: The Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Author: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

What We Like

The book is by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I do not need to write anything else about it.

Sir Pratchett, with his legendary Discworld and my favorite author Neil Gaiman, write about hell and heaven.
There are lots of people who tend to predict the end of the world. But, what if that day comes are you ready for it? This novel is a hilarious but mind-blowing story. The son of Satan, Crowley, and Aziraphale, a fussy angel as they enjoy the life living among mortals. They are not ready for the coming of the end, so they made a way to sabotage the end day to happen. That’s where would the story will start. 

It also has a TV Series Adaptation.

Why You Are Going to Like it

Well, this book is a comedy, horror, fantasy type of genre, which are written by the best-selling author’s Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

Title: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter

Author: Theodora Goss

What We Like

This is a story of Mary Jekyll, which is penniless because of parent’s deaths. She had gotten curious about the secret and mysterious past, his father, that leads her to find an answer. She got one hint from his father’s former friend, who is a murderer that it is “maybe nearby,” and there will be a reward who will get leading information for him to be capture.

When she does solve this, she will receive the prize that could be the answer to her financial problem. But it leads to being more deep secrets to be untold.

The book is the first of the three books of The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club.

Why You Are Going to Like it

The characters are charming, the story is engaging, and the whole thing blends as a spectacular story.

Title: The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain

Author: Bill Bryson

What We Like

If you are viewing for a book that is a good beach read, this humor, non-fiction, and travel literature story suits you. The Road to Little Dribbling is about the United Kingdom. This book is written as a kind of sequel of the first book written from 20 years ago, titled Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson.

This is his journey, 20 years after he came back to rediscover his adopted country.

Why You Are Going to Like it

Bill Bryson is an exceptional travel writer. It was amusing, with little anecdotal moments capturing modern Britain’s image with all its beauties and problems.

Title: The Beach

Author: Alex Garland

What We Like

Be ready to Fall in love with the beauty of the isolated beach somewhere in Thailand. The Beach is a novel of a young backpacker who loves to roam around the globe to find some idyllic and isolated beach that has never been touch by tourism.
In a long time stay, he eventually feels the reverse of the island’s beauty – the feeling of being one of the people who have been staying on that island.

The Beach is also a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio. It is also one of my favorite movies. 

I have seen the movie probably 5 times, so I was afraid that it might ruin the book for me. But like a lot of book to movie adaptations, the film is much different from the book.

Why You Are Going to Like it

If you have seen the movie, the book is not only a lot different, but you will enjoy it more. The things the film left out, make the book. It is indeed a book I would recommend to anyone looking for something a bit different.

Title: A Gentlemen in Moscow: A Novel

Author: Amor Towles

What We Like

What would you do if you are stuck in a luxurious hotel? Can you live there for good and never go out? Well, this book is the sequel of the first book written by Amor Towles, titled: Rules of Civility.
It’s a really entertaining book that goes through some of the most important years of our century. A Gentlemen in Moscow: A Novel is a conveying story about a man who is ordered to spend his entire life under house arrest after the October Revolution. But the gentleman’s house is the Metropol Hotel. One of the most cosmopolitan hotels in Russia at that time.

Why You Are Going to Like it

The adventures of Count Rostov will entertain you and teach you a lot, as it is packed with humor and memorable characters.
Get ready to laugh, cry, and learn from this story.

Title: Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

Author: Jess Walter

What We Like

Finding the long-lost love, will do this means a particular person’s family, friend, or special someone? This novel Beautiful Ruins has a mixed story of different characters finding their long-lost loved in the Beautiful Ruin.

Why You Are Going to Like it

This story is perfect for summer, while you feel the sweet breeze of the ocean. You can’t help reminisce your good old days when reading this one.

Title: Becoming

Author: Michelle Obama

What We Like

A journey in the life of an “ordinary person, found on an unusual journey”. Michelle Obama. One of the most recognizable figures in our time, starred in historical moments, as the first African-American to take on the role of First Lady. A figure who managed to balance between realism and vision, fulfilling the goal of turning ambition for a fairer society into action.

Why You Are Going to Like it

Get inspired by the memoir of the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Get to know her from childhood days up to when she became the most influential person in the country.

Title: Circe

Author: Madeline Miller

What We Like

If you are into fantasy fiction, historical fiction, and this Circe suits for you. Madeline Miller’s Circe is a novel that takes the enchantress in Greek mythology, Circe and makes her the protagonist of her story.

Her legend is told in Homer’s Odyssey when Odysseus (Ulysses) visits her island on the return from the Trojan War. Circe changed most of Odysseus’s crew into swine.

In this book, Circe was sent into the world of mortals. There, she discovers she has the power of witchcraft—having the ability to transform rivals into monsters and danger to the gods.

Zeus became threatened; that is why she has been banished into the deserted island. To be able to protect what she loves, she must summon her strength to choose to which where she should belong.

Why You Are Going to Like it

Miller takes persons from Greek mythology and transforms them to alive and believable heroes.

Title: Educated: A Memoir

Author: Tara Westover

What We Like

The Educated: A memoir is a story that tells how to survive during the difficulties in filial love. To find and embrace the life she wants. Don’t miss this book if you are interested in the modern world, if you have questions about today’s America if you are looking for proof of the value of education.

Westover had a strange and intolerant family, who wanted to keep its members as prisoners.

Why You Are Going to Like it

 Westover, like Vince of the Hillbilly Elegy, found “salvation” in school, education, and training. This is an inspiring story to read, waking its reader’s eyes or reality on how education change once lives.

Title: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

What We Like

Professor Yuval Noah Harari is one of my favorite speakers and writers too. If you are into history in the origin of humanity, this book will fit your taste.

Harari tackles the evolutionary concept from the historian’s perspective. His book is also one of the best sellers overseas, making people curious about humankind’s real origin.
Harari starts with the creation of the universe.

In a few pages, he puts you abruptly but simply and understandably in the history of the human species, explaining terms and concepts as no teacher did in school.

Why You Are Going to Like it

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is so exciting to read. Be prepared to go back and forth in pages as the information you get is cataclysmic.

Title: Conversations with Friends: A Novel

Author: Eric Carl

What We Like

If you are wondering about the generation born near the end of the last century, if you do not understand how they are related and what concerns them, then read this book.
This is a story of two college students that had gone weird connection with a married couple. It’s a book that tells a story leading to pleasure and how the life of the character lived to the dangers of becoming youth.

Why You Are Going to Like it

Rooney writes a beautiful good love story with lively language.

Title: If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood

Author: Gregg Olsen

What We Like

A word of caution upfront: The horrors described in this book are disturbing, so if you not into it better not read it.
This book suits you if you want some thrill based on a true story of murder and family secrets. This is a story of three sisters who are abused, tortured, and degraded by their cruel mother. How did they find the courage to escape their dark lives and survived the evil to achieve freedom and justice.

Why You Are Going to Like it

If you’re an enthusiast of true crime, I definitely suggest this book. Just be prepared for a range of distressing emotions while you read.

Well, that’s it! A mixed list with books that has Sci-fiction, love, friendship, loneliness, and more for your beach reads.


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