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5 Guilty Pleasures to Read On a Budget Holiday

“From paranormal thrillers to medieval romps, who doesn’t secretly love a trashy, guilty pleasure read on holiday? The last thing you want when you’re relaxing in the sun is a big baggy monster of a novel – you want a quick accompaniment to a week of relaxation and indulgence”

Take any of the following books […]…

  • 5 Guilty Pleasures to Read On a Budget Holiday

    From paranormal thrillers to medieval romps, who doesn’t secretly love a trashy, guilty pleasure read on holiday? The last thing you want when you’re relaxing in the sun is a big baggy monster of a novel – you want a quick accompaniment to a week of relaxation and indulgence. Take any of the following books on holiday and we guarantee you’ll be passing them around family and friends with a wink.

    The Other Boleyn Girl: Philippa Gregory

    Two rings, one on top of the other

    This wildly successful novel set in the claustrophobic atmosphere of the Tudor Court might be low on historical accuracy, but it’s packed with intrigue. The novel follows the life of 15th century aristocrat Mary Boleyn, who enters the court of Henry VIII as an innocent young woman with her ambitious older sister. Expect scheming, sex and scandal.

    Why not take this novel with you to The Algarve, where the balmy weather will complement the novel’s sultry atmosphere?

    Tales of the City: Armistead Maupin

    City skyline at night

    These gossipy, louche and lively novels were originally part of a serial published in the San Francisco Chronicle newspapers in the late 1970s and 80s. The stories follow a range of charming and eccentric characters, who get up to all sorts of mischief and manoeuvring. Storylines range from the endearingly cheeky to the downright outrageous.

    Take a nuanced view of city life from the comfort of the beach on a trip to Jamaica.

    Bridget Jones’s Diary: Helen Fielding

    Cup of coffee and coffee beans

    This hilarious book charts the misadventures of the hapless but kind-hearted Bridget Jones as she tries to give up her many vices and get her love life on track. The reader continually gazes on in horror and glee at her terrible decision-making skills. Maybe you’ve seen the film or read this one before, but it might just be time to pick it up again.

    Grab the largest pair of sunglasses available and plonk yourself on a Greek beach for this one.  

    Brooklyn: Colm Tóbín

    Brooklyn Bridge

    This is the story of a young girl who leaves behind 1950s, small-town Ireland to move to Brooklyn, America, under the sponsorship of an Irish priest there. Settling into a new job in a department store and warming to the dashing Tony, who she falls in love with, life couldn’t be better for her… until devastating news from back home throws her prospects of happiness in the future into jeopardy. How will it end?

    Lift your spirits with a sun-drenched, sangria-rich holiday on the Costa del Sol in Andalucia while you’re reading this tearjerker. If you have time between chapters, head to Jerez to visit the famous dancing horses. You’ll be smiling again in no time.

    The Thorn Birds: Colleen McCullough

    Ayers Rock, Australia

    Transport yourself to the dusty outback of Australia, and you will find a lonely sheep station, which is home to the Cleary family. This epic saga follows the family’s progress over six decades. One of the most notorious storylines involves one of the members of the family in a forbidden love affair with the parish priest. Need we say more?

    The outback of Australia is a little remote for a relaxing holiday in the sun. Why not experience the heat with a cocktail in your hand on holiday in Mexico?

    Go wild on holiday this year between the covers of a good book!

    Images taken from iStock, and by alexhealing, used under Creative Commons licence

Author: Carol Oconnor

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