One of the few occasions when most people have the time to read a book from cover to cover is during a holiday so its always a good idea to choose a page turner. So what are this year's top summer poolside reads for a villa holiday in Thailand?
Escaping the bustle of your daily routine on an island in Thailand not only means guaranteed relaxation; it is also a wonderful opportunity to catch up on your reading. Whether you have packed a tablet or picked up a few paperbacks at the airport, your villa’s private terrace offers the ideal tranquil setting to lose yourself in a gripping romance, heart-stopping thriller or motivational autobiography.
Belo is a selection of riveting reads that will make this year's lazy vacation days all the more entertaining.
If you enjoy tearing through a spellbinding thriller that gets your pulse racing, look no further than Louise Doughty’s latest novel “Apple Tree Yard”. The story tells of high-flying career woman, Yvonne Carmichael, who begins a passionate affair with a mysterious stranger she meets at the British Houses of Parliament. However, Yvonne’s actions lead her into a downward spiral of out-of-control behaviour that eventually causes her to commit of violence that could put everything she cares about at risk. There is no doubt that this psychological thriller will have you hooked until the final page.
While John Green’s bestseller is not a new release, it is set to become one of this year’s biggest hits on the big screen. “The Fault in Our Stars” tells the heart-breaking story of a teenage girl, Hazel, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. After meeting Augustus at a cancer support meeting, Hazel embarks on a roller coaster ride of love and heartache that is guaranteed to keep you emotionally involved. Essentially, Green offers readers a slice of life in this book that will have you laughing and crying throughout.
A Laugh a Minute
When you are on vacation, what better way to get into the spirit of your exotic location than by reading about someone else’s vacation? “The Vacationers” is the latest novel by celebrated author Emma Straub, and tells the quirky story of a dysfunctional family on holiday on the Spanish isle is Mallorca. A family celebration within a private Mallorcan villa reveals old rivalries and new humiliations that will have you crying with laughter, as well as relating to what is essentially a heart-warming tale of a love-able family. Straub’s wry humour and vivid characters offer readers form all walks of life someone to relate to, making this novel an essential villa read.
If the allure of an autobiography is too much for you to resist, look no further than Hillary Rodham Clinton’s newly published account of her highs and lows as a power woman who has lived much of her life in the public eye. Most of Clinton’s autobiography focuses on the challenges she faced during her four-year tenure as the US’ Secretary of State, and how her experiences helped to drive her forward. “All of us face hard choices in our lives. Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become,” Clinton writes. Certainly an essential read for those in need of some inspiration and motivation.
One for the Kids
Organized mums and dads on holiday in Thailand often stash a few readable treats to keep children entertained – particularly if they want to avoid screen addiction on long haul flights. If you want your little ones to spend some time with their noses in a good book, pick up a copy of “Frozen”. The story, which ironically became a massive hot o the big screen last year, tells of a Kingdom that is trapped in eternal winter. Anna, the young heroine, teams up with her daring sidekick Kristoff to put an end to Snow Queen Elsa’s frosty reign. The whirlwind tale of adventure is sure to keep kids engaged, and therefore, quiet.
by Wayne Hue