Hammam Havlu's Holiday Reads

The holiday season is just around the corner and its time to stock up on your summer reads for the beach and beyond. We’ve rounded up our favourite books to pack and enjoy forever.


The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

An extremely captivating Bildungsroman, that we can guarantee you will not want to put down. The Kite Runner is also currently showing at the Playhouse Theatre, London for under £20! It’s the perfect start to the trilogy by Khaled Hosseini, but unlike those more light-hearted reads, these are guaranteed to pull on your heart strings.


Hideous Kinky - Esther Freud

An adventure from a child’s eye, this book will leave you inspired to throw on a rucksack and go exploring. The title aside, this is a very subtle piece of writing. Set in Marrakech in the 1970s, it’s an often hilarious tale, conjuring up crowded medina alleyways, incense and the search for a break from the norm… it’s already in our suitcase!


The Paris Wife - Paula McLain

This is an encaptivating story of the great Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Elizabeth Hadley Richardson during their time in Paris during the 1920s. Imagined by the author, Paula McLain, it’s a deeply evocative story of betrayal and ambition. We’ve heard great things so we’re excited to get stuck in this summer! 


The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck – Sarah Knight

More recently we’ve been enjoying a good, tongue-in-cheek self-help book. This book popped up in our recommendations, and having read the reviews, we’re eager to enjoy something practical and applicable, whilst leaving us ‘belly-laughing’. More importantly, it appears easy reading suggesting it will be the perfect read to dip in and out of between pool trips.


The Beach - Alex Garland

We love the film adaptation, but the only way you can top DiCaprio’s performance is by reading the book! It’s part of a wonderful tradition exploring the dark side of paradise, set amongst a supposedly idyllic community on a remote Thai beach.


Peony in Love - Lisa See

It’s hard not to initially judge this book by its beautiful cover, but gladly, the story is equally just as wonderful. Set in 17th century China, this historical period drama takes on the theme of star-crossed lovers. We’re going to leave it at that, and say it’s the perfect holiday accompaniment.



Megan Smith

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