Every time I read this prompt I get the Little Mix song ‘Holiday’ stuck in my head. It is so catchy and this title keeps making me think of it! We’re looking at books with holidays in today, and I thought this was going to be a breeze. For some reason, I thought that last year I had read loads of books with holidays in. In reality, I had just read books either whilst I was on holiday or just romance books. I associate romance books with summer which is why I have gotten them a little bit confused, but my confusion did mean I really struggled to compile this list. And be warned, I have cheated a little bit, but I’ll get into that as I talk about the individual books.
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
I am just proving yet again that I will never stop talking about this book. This book sort of has two holidays in it! There is a dual perspective, and dual timeline, so for a good portion of the book the two characters are in France. In the other timeline, they are making a road trip to Scotland for a wedding. So, there’s a lot of exciting destinations in this novel!
You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry
This one is quite an obvious choice that I didn’t think of for a long time. There are so many destinations in this novel. The entire basis of this story is that the two friends travel together and we get to visit the places with them, one in the present and then multiple in the flashbacks to the past. I loved this one so much and it made me so envious that I can’t visit the same places that the two characters did.
If you want to read my review, I will link it: here.
Heartstopper: Volume 3 by Alice Oseman
I haven’t had the chance to talk about Heartstopper for a while! But, this gives me the perfect opportunity to mention it. In the third volume, they take a trip to Paris; and although it is a school trip, I think it still counts as a holiday! I’m sure you have read or at least heard about Heartstopper, but if you haven’t it is a series of graphic novels that follow Charlie and Nick as they discover their sexuality, and work through mental health issues, and figure out how to balance their relationship, friends, and school life. It is one of the most adorable things I have ever read. I actually need to reread this soon (as well as volume 1 and 2) because I still haven’t read the fourth volume. Then, I need to watch the TV show!
The Shelf by Helly Acton
This is where I start to get a little cheat-y. Already, I know. So in this story our main character Amy thinks she is going on holiday with her long term boyfriend to get engaged where in reality he is dropping her off to a Big Brother style reality TV shows where women are dumped on. I really loved this book. I went into it expecting a romance novel and did not get that but I loved it so much. It was unlike anything I have ever read and I can’t wait to read more of Helly Acton’s novels in the future.
The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent
Another one that is a little bit cheat-y! The Summer Job follows Birdy who kind of takes her best friend Heather’s place in a summer job up in Scotland. So, she moves from England to Scotland and pretends her way through the job. It was such a funny book, I remember going into this novel not really knowing what to expect, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be as funny as it was. It was such an enjoyable read.
Fun fact, that I have probably mentioned a thousand times, I read The Summer Job and The Road Trip in June last year and pretty much instantly booked a trip to Edinburgh and have been craving to get back to Scotland ever since!
I had to cheat a little there to be able to get my list of books with holidays in them! But I have so many books on my TBR that have holidays in them:
- Beach Read by Emily Henry
- The Lucky Escape by Laura Jane Williams (which I am actually reading currently!)
- Book Lovers by Emily Henry
- The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal
- The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
- The Set Up by Lizzy Dent
- It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
- The Italian Job by Kathryn Freeman
That is all for today! Please let me know some more books with holidays, because it doesn’t look like I am going away this year so I would love to read books to pretend I am! Give me some recommendations below.