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Having a holiday to look forward to is one of the surest ways to get the new year off to a good start and, if you’re anything like us, there’s one thing in particular you’ll look forward to: planning your holiday reads.
While working on an itinerary and picking out a chic and stylish capsule wardrobe both help to build the anticipation and get you ready for a week or two of relaxing, there’s something sublime about picking out a selection of top-quality titles and knowing you’ll soon be able to read them without interruptions.
But deciding which novels make the cut is a notoriously difficult decision to reach – one that takes plenty of preparation in advance. To help you out, here are three of the best and biggest titles of 2019/2020 for you to consider.
The Porpoise by Mark Haddon
Best known for his breakout novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon has recently produced another book to rival the intelligent approach and immersive style of his first, yet the story he tells this time around is entirely different and original. Drawing on Greek legend and Shakespearean narratives, The Porpoise takes you on a mile-a-minute adventure, making it an ideal option for days spent around a sun-baked pool, when you have the luxury of taking as long as you like turning its pages. Telling the tale of sole survivor Angelica, it’s sure to have you hooked within the first few sentences.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Planning a trip to somewhere warm and balmy once winter is done? Then it’s time to craft your ideal itinerary. Whether you decide to explore Spain’s sunny surroundings with car hire from Malaga Airport starting at one euro per day, or book onto a bus tour of the local area, you’ll want to have this particular book safely tucked away in your bag in advance of any beach stops. Inspired by Greek mythology, Circe tells the story of the titular character, who’s rejected by her divine family due to her strange powers and inherent softness. Banished to an island where she must live in solitude, this is a wonderful retelling of an ancient story – one that combines love, witchcraft, and the most beautiful and compelling of prose.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
When a book is authored by two writers as celebrated as Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, you know it’s going to be a treat, and Good Omens does not disappoint. The final addition to this list, it was recently turned into a show on Amazon Prime. Not only is the novel better than its wonderful adaptation, but it’s undoubtedly one of the best titles released in the last three decades. Telling the story of an angel and a demon, who’ve become unlikely allies after living on earth together for centuries, it was originally published in 1990, but has experienced a welcome resurgence in popularity since being back in the spotlight. A word of warning, however: read it at your peril, for, once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down.
When it comes to choosing your holiday reading material, the right titles really can make or break your time away. Select wisely, and make sure your days around the pool are filled with the most wondrous stories.