The book to match your holiday, with some help from author Morgan Matson

Beach break or city stay, here's what you need to read

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The book to match your holiday, by Morgan Matson...

I firmly believe that half the fun of being on holiday is getting time to read. Before I've packed anything or made any plans, I'm already figuring out what books I'm going to take with me. Is it the big tome I've been planning to read forever, or an old, comforting favourite? Is it a breezy read for the beach, or a book that fits in with where I'll be? These are important questions to consider before heading out on your holiday. 

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Hopefully this book guide will make it a little simpler!

On the Plane

Sometimes, you need to start your holiday reading while you're still getting to your destination, to get you in the mood for your trip. One of my favorite plane reads is a book that starts on a plane – Jennifer E. Smith's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. This is one of my all time favorite books, and centers around an idea what we've all (come on, admit it) had – that the person sitting next to you on an airplane will somehow turn out to be your soulmate. The perfect read to get you excited for your trip!

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In the Car

Sometimes, you also need a book to read when you're getting there by car. Nina LaCour's The Disenchantments is one of my favorite road trip books.  It's so much fun, it will make the hours fly by! (And just tossing it in there – my first novel, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, is also about a road trip. Just in case you want a backup.)

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Beach Book

My favorite book to read on the beach is something big, fast-paced and funny.  Somehow, when I'm lying out in the sun, it just feels wrong to read anything serious or ponderous.  I want a book that I can set down, go dive in the ocean, and pick up again without feeling like I've missed anything.  For me, my go-to beach books are always by Sophie Kinsella. They're laugh-out-loud funny with great characters, and I always throw one into my beach bag. My favorites are Twenties Girl and I've Got Your Number, but you truly can't go wrong with any of her books.

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City Break Book

Sometimes, you want to spend your holiday in a city, trying new foods and wandering around museums clutching guidebooks. It's one of my favorite ways to spend a vacation! So I've broken this down by city, since I love a book that reflects the city I'm visiting.

New York – Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Paris – Anna and the French Kiss

London – The Name of the Star

Amsterdam – The Fault in Our Stars

Rome – Love and Gelato

Camping Book

Sometimes, you need a book that will keep you company as you sit beside a campfire or lie in your tent at night. Though I don't often go camping myself, I love to read books about other people camping, so that I can live vicariously. I especially loved Cheryl Strayed's Wild and Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods.

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Safari Book

The one time I was on safari, I spent it reading (for reasons that made sense to me at the time) Jane Austen's Emma.  But I think you can't go wrong with Jessica Khoury's Kalahari, an action-adventure book about a safari that takes a surprising turn. But be warned…it may keep you up nights!

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Staycation Book

Sometimes, the best kind of holiday is one in which you don't leave your house. The staycation can sometimes be just what you need to feel relaxed and refreshed, without the hassle (or expense) of traveling. If I want to read a book about being cosy at home, I always reach for Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before. 

But sometimes, after being at home too long, I want to read about fantastical worlds outside my house.  If that's the case, I like to dip into Leigh Bardugo's Grisha series or Marie Lu's Legend series. 

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Wherever your travels take you this summer, I hope you have an amazing time – and an amazing read. Happy travels! 

Morgan's latest read The Unexpected Everything is out RIGHT NOW and it's fabby, so make sure you chuck it in your beach bag.

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