Five Holiday Reads (And Where To Take Them)
You know the feeling – it’s summer, you want to just fly away somewhere amazing, lie back on a sun-lounger and get lost in a great book (preferably recommended by a friend so you know it’s going to be good!).
With that in mind, we asked our friends at Bloomsbury Publishing for this summer’s hottest reads and, just in case you need a little holiday inspiration, our friends at Scott Williams have shared their favourite places to read them – all angles covered.
Best for romance...
THE DESTINATION: Villa Erimitis, Paxos
Some incredible reads demand an incredible sunset - cue Villa Erimitis on Paxos. Sleeping ten, there’s plenty of space to take some time for yourself and get lost in a novel uninterrupted. Just remember to look up occasionally as the sun sets behind the pages – as there is no better backdrop for the world’s most romantic novels.
THE BOOK: The Pisces by Melissa Broder
A profoundly modern, darkly comic story of love and lust, The Pisces is about a heartbroken woman who over one summer falls in ecstatic love with a merman.
Best for mystery...
THE DESTINATION: Villa Cipresso, Croatia
Set yourself down on a gorgeously soft sun-lounger under a bamboo shade, this is the spot to curl up with a book you can’t bear to put down until you’ve reached the last page. Located in the heart of Istria – the heart shaped peninsula of Croatia, very near the Italian border - this is a great place to enjoy with family or friends. Sleeping up to 10, the house is a beautiful conversion on an Istrian estate, enclosed by beautiful gardens laden with flowers, the perfect setting for getting lost in a great thriller.
THE BOOK: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
Some doors are locked for a reason. Like the one newly married, newly widowed Elise finds in her late husband’s crumbling country estate.
Best for mindfulness...
THE DESTINATION: Dar Bahr, Essaouira, Morocco
Take time to enjoy a little calm with your favourite read in this rooftop oasis before discovering the Moroccan quarter near Bab Doukkala. Cited by the New York Times as ‘A glowing Pop Art cavern’ this magical house offers the perfect mix of clean white lines, mixed with unique and fun furniture, folk pieces and sculpture – the perfect place to switch-off and recharge.
THE BOOK: Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The cult classic that inspired a thousand gap years. This inspirational, uplifting, life-affirming tale follows newly divorced journalist Elizabeth Gilbert, as she embarks on a modern-day pilgrimage.
Best for a thriller...
THE DESTINATION: Mimosa, Corfu
Sleek design and sharp lies call for a book with an edge. With terraces set on the rocks surrounded by incredible views, an outdoor dining area and a stylish bar (yes, a bar!) enjoying a great thriller with a cocktail in hand has never been easier.
THE BOOK: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
A Ripley-style story set in contemporary New York. Louise meets Lavinia, who seems to have everything. But how far is she prepared to go, to have this life? Or, rather, to have Lavinia’s life?
Best for a spot of mythology...
THE DESTINATION: The Orange Tree, Corfu
Corfu has to be seen to be believed – with it's clear-water coves, drifts of spring flowers, winding village streets, imposing country manor houses and tiny chapels. It's the ideal place for a light mythological read – grab a coffee, your book, and set yourself up for some daytime daydreaming with truly enviable views.
THE BOOK: Circe by Madeline Miller
An impossible-to-put-down story surrounding a woman caught between two worlds, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey.