Discussion: What do people read on holiday?

Hi loves!

So, I’ve been surrounded by this gorgeous view for a month now and I’m honestly so grateful for that. It’s beautiful, idyllic and a paradise. Yet, I have more pressing matters at the forefront of my mind… books. Whenever I see a book leave a beach bag, I’m looking to see a) what it is and b) if they are enjoying it. I have that genuine fear of missing out on a good read.

This has led me to think about why people read the type of books they do on holiday. How do they make their choices? What leads them to pick those specific titles?

Well, this has been going round in my head for a few days now and has now turned into a little sun lounger activity of mine… First of all, it’s really pleasing to see just how many people, on the loungers have been adorned with towels, start reading. There’s books everywhere! Always a paperback, never a hardback and only one Kindle. I can totally relate to this; I only packed paperbacks, had my Kindle in hand luggage but didn’t actually use it. In fact, it’s still in flight mode. Hmmm.

The hotel had a bookcase in reception which was very pleasing! I had a little look here and it followed the same pattern: paperbacks, no hardbacks at all. However, there were some larger paperbacks. These were all Grisham. I saw a lot of Grisham on the loungers along with James Patterson. These were the top two authors by a long way. (Embarrassingly, I didn’t read any of Grisham or Patterson!)

In terms of books that I saw multiple people read, this was terribly interesting! They were Tyson’s Fury’s Between the Mask and Ant Middleton’s First Man In. Non-fiction! I didn’t expect to see that… In fact, the Tyson Fury book was my mum’s and she felt chuffed that others had taken it from the hotel bookshelf.

Repeat ‘take outs’ gave me another train of thought. I read (and thoroughly adored) The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller. When I saw that someone else had picked this off the shelf, I felt exactly like my mum did, like I made a good choice. It made me feel validated and like my recommendations could be trusted. Isn’t that silly? I feel silly writing it…

Overwhelmingly, the main genre I saw was crime and thriller. I totally understand that! It’s my favourite after all. But for summer? Where were all the romance novels? The chic lit?

I read one, Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly which was stunningly beautiful and had me sobbing on my lounger. But this was the only one I saw. Where are the other people sobbing at a good love story? I did spot that this book was moving further back on the hotel bookcase too. But why is that? I always thought summer was about the soppy love novels that were only bearable because of that very reason – the fact that it is summer. There’s something about the smell of suncream that makes me think this… When you know, you know…

Also, there was a distinct lack of female authors too. I helpfully added to that with my own pile. Writers like Liza Jewell, Jenny Han, Jane Corey and Michele Campbell vacationed with me and are all there waiting to be discovered by the next reader.

So, why do we read the things we do on holiday? What is a typical ‘beach read’ and are they changing? What have you spotted? For me, it was all my paperbacks that didn’t fit on the bookcase. How do you pick yours though?

Until next time, when I’m back in the UK!

Big Love xxx


23 thoughts on “Discussion: What do people read on holiday?

  1. Thank you for sharing!!.. hope you are enjoying your adventure!!.. as far as me reading, I have a Kindle (for practical reasons) and I read whatever my heart wishes at the time, it could be anything from “The Hound of the Baskervilles” to “Winnie the Pooh”… 🙂

    Have a safe and happy adventure and until we meet again..
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    May all the wishes you wish come true
    May peace be within you
    May your heart be strong
    May you find whatever you’re seeking
    Wherever you may roam
                      (Irish Saying)


    1. Two excellent book choices!
      I completely get how a kindle is practical. I really do need to make more effort instead of lugging many books about with me!
      I really appreciate the time you took to leave me that comment. Sending you lots of blessings x


  2. Great question and to answer that, in my own view, people when they are on holiday and on honeymoon they read novels and magazines. Well book worms do come with their books. Such a great blog and it seems like you had a fantastic vacation with other writers, that’s nice😊🙏


    1. You’re absolutely right, we are all different and people will bring different things with them. I just know that if I read too much crime and thriller, I get a bit paranoid!
      Regardless, I’m super pleased to meet you. Thanks for stopping by and leaving this message. Have a wonderful day and hope to see you around here soon.

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  3. Hi Books and Bakes – this is super interesting – I am such a nosy beachgoer. I always look to see what everyone is reading, I have no shame! I’m not surprised by the number of thrillers and crime. Nonfiction does surprise me – so serious to be reading out in the sun! I’m glad you supplied some female authors, too!


    1. I laughed at that! ‘A nosy beachgoer’ is something I think I need to add to my about me! Haha! I was surprised by the non fiction too but upon reflection, maybe it’s when people feel the most refreshed to be able to read something so serious? Who knows!

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