Looking for the best beach books to read this summer? Here's a round-up of our favourite recommended holiday reads...
Does anyone remember summer holiday reading schemes at your local library? You'd go along each week during the school break to take out new books to read. Once you were finished, you'd be given a sticker for a wall chart. Going to the library was a big highlight of any week and I used to spend hours picking and then reading each book.
So I'm almost embarrassed to admit that now, contrary to my lifetime love of reading sparked by childhood library visits, I hardly ever read books.
Why? It's fair to say having children dramatically reduces your spare time. I remember optimistically packing the Kindle in my hospital bag first-time-round which makes me laugh now; I had an planned induction of labour and it was very quick, with no time to even catch my breath, let alone lie around reading. What was I thinking? I also find it hard to concentrate knowing that at any time I'll be called to fetch a snack or wipe something up.
But this month we're talking about hobbies and how it's important to carve out some time for yourself dedicated to doing thing you want to do, when you have children.
Holidays are a time that you might actually get some time to yourself, fingers crossed. So here's some (optimistic?) suggestions for the best beach books to read this summer, for time-poor parents who, like me, might not have picked one up in a while.
The Unmumsy Mum, The Unmumsy Mum - this is blogger-turned-author Sarah's Sunday Times bestselling book, a guide to honest parenting.
So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson - the writer and documentary maker travels the world to speak to people who've had been the subject of high-profile public shamings on social media, and explores the use of shame in modern society.
Love Nina, Nina Stibbe - Who's watching the TV series at the moment? If so, you'll love the book, which is even better...
How to Build a Girl and Moranifesto, Caitlin Moran - Two recommendations for the How to be a Woman bestselling author. How to Build a Girl is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel, while Moranifesto is a compilation of some of Moran's published work along with some new pieces, and described as her 'call to action' for our times.
The Robert Galbraith series - JK Rowling's detective novels written under a pseudonym. These are easy reads and also a lot of fun, if you like your reading with a side of murder and intrigue.
The Road to Little Dribbling, Bill Bryson - For anyone - everyone - who's ever read and loved a Bill Bryson book, make sure you read this. This is the follow up to his classic book Notes from a Small Island, and has been released to mark its 20-year anniversary.