Holiday-Approved Book Reads

Holiday-Approved Book Reads

8 titles to keep your book club humming.

By Astrid Taemets | 12th November 2020

Is there anything more satisfying than immersing yourself in a really good book while on holidays? Whether you’re a bookworm or just a casual reader, summer is prime for getting stuck into some juicy fiction, swoon-worthy romances, gripping thrillers and the kind of escapism stories that can transport you to another time and place. Whatever genre piques your interest, we’ve got the best page turners to get stuck into this summer holiday. Consider this your official reading list…

Such A Fun Age, Kiley Reid

Perfect for picking up and putting down all holiday, this surprising and searing debut novel is a big-hearted story about race and privilege, and the stickiness of relationships. Set around a young African American babysitter and her employer, the book explores what happens when a woman of colour is wrongly accused of kidnapping a white child, and the events that follow.

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The Prettiest Horse In The Glue Factory, Corey White

There are few voices in comedy as unique and potent as Corey White, and his ferocious talent is apparent in his latest novel. The Prettiest Hose In The Glue Factory is a memoir of trauma, evil and survival that will break your heart and then show you how to rebuild it. It is powerful, lyrical and darkly funny all at the same time.

Untamed, Glennon Doyle

Who were you before the world told you who to be? Part inspiration, part memoir, Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and instead dare to listen to and trust in the voice deep within us. From the number one New York Times best-selling author of Love Warrior, this novel is packed with insight into what it means to be a woman today.

Where The Crawdads Sing, Delia Owen

Following two timelines that slowly intertwine, this debut novel from Delia Owens is a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story that’s both evocative and sad. The first timeline describes the life and adventures of a young girl named Kaya who grows up isolated in the marsh of North Carolina, while the second timeline follows a murder investigation of Chase Andrews of Barkley Cove, a fictional coastal town of North Carolina. It’s a fresh exploration of isolation from a female perspective, full of mystery and love with a surprising end that will haunt you.

All Our Shimmering Skies, Trent Dalton

From the critically acclaimed author of Boy Swallows Universe, this mesmerising tale is set to become another Australian classic. Set in Darwin in 1942 in the middle of World War II, the novel explores the unlikely friendships of newly orphaned Molly Hook, a razor-tongued actress and a Japanese fighter who’s abandoned his post. Dalton’s work is clever, thrilling and unputdownable – an odyssey of true love and grave danger, darkness and light filled to the brim with warmth, wit and wonder.

The Woman In The Window, A.J. Finn

If Girl On A Train by Gillian Flynn got your heart thumping, you’ll enjoy this pulpy, fast-paced popcorn thriller that’s full of page-turning goodness. Get lost in the tale of an agoraphobic psychologist who befriends a neighbour across the street from her New York City brownstone, only to see her own life turned upside down when the woman disappears.

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Leave The World Behind, Rumaan Alam

With echoes of Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, this end-of-the-world novel captures the generalised panic of 2020. It mingles fears about the climate, inequality, racism and our reliance on technology. When future generations want to know what it was like to live through the nightmare of 2020, this is what they’ll reach for.

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Self Care, Leigh Stein

A parody of the self-help and wellness industry, Self Care is a light-hearted, entertaining novel that looks at the lives of influencers. From their yoga crop tops to their clean-living lifestyle and perfectly “au natural” appearance, Self Care delves into the lives of psyches of those in the industry and exposes the world behind the Instagram filter.

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Women Don't Owe You Pretty, Florence Given

Once you pick up this book, you won’t be able to put it down. Women Don’t Owe You Pretty is an accessible leap into feminism for people at all stages of their journey, who are seeking to reshape and transform the way they view themselves. In a world that tells women we’re either not enough or we’re too much, Given’s book tackles the female narrative you have been bombarded with your whole life. This book is a reminder to stop and remember who you were before the world told you who you should be.

Eggshell Skull, Brie Lee

This non-fiction memoir is the story of Bri’s journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge’s associate in both Brisbane and regional Queensland, where justice can look very different, especially for women. Beautifully written, the injustice she witnessed and rages over finally forces her to tell her own story, one she vowed to never tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom. Courageous, heartbreaking and hopeful, Eggshell Skull is one book you’ll devour over and over.


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Article by Astrid Taemets

When she’s not in the office or chasing a busy toddler, you’ll find Astrid long lunching (meet you at Hellenika?) or perched on a beach somewhere along the coast. Her guilty pleasures include drinking red wine on her deck while trawling the internet for her dream piece of land, and artworks to fill her home with.


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