8. You have to read ____ when you’re away

The beauty of traveling is that not only do you get to live lots of incredible activities you also get a chance for lots of downtime to finally tuck into that book you’ve been meaning to read for ages! I try to read every day on my commute to work but I am looking forward to being able to get into a book without having to constantly check I haven’t missed my stop. I’ve been collecting a long list on my phone over the past few months of books I want to read but I thought I would give you guys some recommendations of books I have loved!

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

I can tell a book is good when it makes me miss my stop on multiple mornings because I just can’t stop reading. The Nightingale is about 2 sisters who live in France during the Second World War and the different ways they adapt to survive. It is a story of love, fear and how far people will go for their family. Although it is not a true story it really highlights the terror of the war and the hard decisions people were forced to make daily simply to survive. Expect tears of both sorrow and happiness and a book you will struggle to put down.

Fall of Giants – Ken Follett

Sticking with the war theme, Ken Folletts trio of books follow multiple stories through both world wars as well as the Cold War. Fall of Giants is situated in the era of World War One and follows 5 families whose lives intertwine through the trials and terrors of war. It has everything from action to romance and, although it is fictional, includes true facts and figures that mean you end up getting a history lesson without even trying. They are big big big books so great for if you have a long flight ahead of you!

The Holiday – T.M.Logan

If you like a bit of mystery, drama and suspense then The Holiday is the one for you. Imagine going on holiday to Italy with 4 of your best friends and all your families to then discover that one of them might be having an affair with your husband! It is a wonderfully written story that keeps you guessing till the last minute yet is still a light read. A perfect one to dip into when lounging around the pool. To this day I have never met anyone who has read this book and expected the twist at the end so give it a try and see if you guess it right!

The Rumour – Lesley Kara

Another one for you mystery fans out there, the rumour follows a young mum in a new town who hears a rumour that a famous child murderer (as in someone who killed someone as a child not someone who kills children) lives among them. It’s not the most thrilling book ever but it will leave you desperate to find out the truth and also has a really nice story running through it about how far a mother will go to protect their child.

The Forgotten Village – Lorna Cook

If you’re looking for an easy read that is still interesting then this is the one for you. It follows 2 story’s over 2 time periods that cross over in very clever ways. The first is a story of a middle aged women who is looking for something exciting in her life and ends up falling for a hunky historian and the second is the story of a lady of a manor who is desperate for a way to escape her life. It is beautifully written and you’ll end up rooting for both women as if they were your friends in real life.

The Trials and Triumphs of Grace Atherton – Anstey Harris

A classic romance story about a women who has fallen in love with a married man and struggles with the reality of having the man you love living with another women. It has lots of underlining stories about friendship, music and how events in our childhood can effect us as adults. It can be quite predictable but it will leave a warm feeling in your heart when you get to the last page.

Only Child – Rhiannon Navin

This is one of those books that can be hard to read but in the best way. It is written from the perspective of a 6 year old boy who was involved in a school shooting in America and the effects it has on him and his family. It is perfectly written with the innocence of a child who can’t quite grasp the horrors that have happened and why everyone around him has changed. It can be quite triggering at times and at one point I had to put it down as I was too angry and one of the characters to keep reading but I guess any book that makes you feel raw emotion must be something special!

The Stranger Beside Me – Ann Rule

For all you true crime lovers out there this is the one for you! Ann Rule is a crime writer who also, unknowingly, happed to be friends in real like with one of the most infamous serial killers everywhere – Ted Bundy. It is written from her perspective and about how she came to find out and accept the fact that a man she was very close with was actually one of the biggest monsters this world has seen. She goes over in detail the crimes he committed, so still one to read if you don’t know much about him, and is such an honest account that makes you realise we really don’t know much about most people we call friends!

Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton

If you want a self help book without actually reading a self help book then this is for you. I bet there isn’t a single young girl, or boy, on this planet that cannot relate to one of Dollys stories about her love life. It follows her through her teens all the way to her thirties and she talks in detail about the lessons she has learnt about love along the way. It doesn’t just focus on romantic love it also touches a lot on the love we have for our friends, family and even ourselves which I think is so refreshing to read. It also includes a really helpful recipe for hangover mac and cheese!

This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay

I don’t think there are many people left who haven’t read this book and there’s good reason for that – it is simply amazing. It is the honest recounts of an NHS doctor who worked in the gynaecological department of a hospital and will make you laugh, cry and squirm at the things he has seen and done! It also has such an important message about the neglect of the NHS and just how overworked yet incredible the doctors and nurses we have in this country are. It shows you the sacrifices they have to make for our own well being and will leave you feeling very lucky that there are people like Adam Kay in the world.

If you have any good book recommendations or have read any of these before then please let me know in the comments!

Merry Christmas and happy travels!

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