Five Books to Take on Holiday…

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…that are under 300 pages. Looking to take your TBR’s with you on holiday but having trouble selecting which ones to take? Here is a list of five fantastic books that will feel heavy on your heart but light in your luggage.

1. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

Average Word Count: 200.

A beautifully written book that will tear you a new heart in such a way that you can’t help but keep reading. Foreman has created through Mia an interesting dimension to the world that is not accessible in the everyday, creating a new twist on contemporary romance. It will leave you crawling to the pool to hide your tears in the chlorine.

2. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Average Word Count: 250.

This could very well induce your literary awakening. This first in the canonical 41 book Discworld series, The Colour of Magic will enter you into a world you never even anticipated. Following the first of the Discworld protagonists, Rincewind, the plot follows him as he becomes a tour guide to Twoflower and adventure ensues! Definitely a great way to get you geared up for adventures of your own on the flight over!

3. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick

Average Word Count: 256.

If you’re a fan of dystopian fiction and haven’t read this yet, then you should definitely reconsider! Set in 2021, androids are scattered around Earth, illegally posing as humans. The narrative switches between a bounty hunter and a human who helps android fugitives giving the reader an insight into the defining differences between humans and androids. This was made into the brilliant film, Blade Runner, in the 80’s.

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Average Word Count: 220.

Chbosky writes this bildungsroman novel with an ethereal twist. Charlie’s navigation of the world he knows takes a twist towards the end and you find yourself completely second guessing everything you’ve just read. This narrative is totally immersive and a pretty quick read! Check out my review here.

5. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

Average Word Count: 300.

The Hobbit is a brilliant introduction to Middle Earth, originally written as Children’s Literature, it has a light narrative and some comical moments that are great for a relaxing read on the beach. Relationships between the company are both amusing and heartwarming making it so easy to fall in love with this book. My favourite scene is where Bilbo meets the spiders! (I’ll say no more!) If you want to check out my thoughts on how the book compared to the first film of the trilogy then click here.

Each of these books has also been turned into a motion picture so make sure to check them out too, when you’re back from sunning yourself!

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