43 books to read while on holiday

Recently, I asked my Instagram followers for book recommendations to read while I was on a weeklong holiday to Cyprus. I ended up with the amazing list below, which frankly I thought was too good not to share. Thank you to all the wonderful contributors who helped to build this list, which is in the order that the recommendations were received. I’ve bolded the books I’ve already read and can absolutely vouch for being great reads. However, so far that’s only three, so clearly I’m set for the next few months at least! If your favourite is missing, add it in the comments below. Happy reading!

  1. Vivien Leigh: A Biography

    by Anne Edwards

    Recommended by @travelswitht

  2. Fall From Grace

    by Tim Weaver

    Recommended by @madeelinee

  3. Anna Karenina

    by Leo Tolstoy

    Recommended by @quebecertraveler

  4. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

    by Yuval Noah Harari

    Recommended by @the_escapedstudent

  5. A Heart So White

    by Javier Marías

    Recommended by @dmaitor

  6. Rayuela (Hopscotch)

    by Julio Cortázar

    Recommended by @nazita_medina

  7. The Red Tent

    by Anita Diamant

    Recommended by @lounagia

  8. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

    by Rachel Hollis

    Recommended by @seal.habits

  9. You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

    by Jen Sincero

    Recommended by @seal.habits

  10. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    by Jen Sincero

    Recommended by @seal.habits

  11. Labyrinth

    by Kate Mosse

    Recommended by @haspassportmusttravel

  12. The Master and Margarita

    by Mikhail Bulgakov

    Recommended by @travelle_hike

  13. Why We Sleep

    by Matthew Walker

    Recommended by @barefootedit

  14. Norwegian Wood

    by Haruki Murakami

    Recommended by @zsofijustzsofi

  15. The Templar Legacy

    by Steve Berry

    Recommended by @jetlagtravelling

  16. Roses

    by Leila Meacham

    Recommended by @journeysunbound

  17. Dark Matter

    by Blake Crouch

    Recommended by @journeysunbound

  18. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

    by Mark Manson

    Recommended by @themoonlight.travels

  19. The Scandal

    by Fredrik Backman

    Recommended by @rickstar1708

  20. The Alchemist

    by Paulo Coelho

    Recommended by @findlovetravel and @48hourwander

  21. Origin

    Dan Brown

    Recommended by @katharinas_adventures

  22. The Kite Runner

    by Khaled Husseini

    Recommended by @beeoncloud9

  23. Little Fires Everywhere

    by Celeste Ng

    Recommended by @kushtty

  24. Manhattan Beach

    by Jennifer Egan

    Recommended by @kushtty

  25. In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power

    by Alfred W. McCoy

    Recommended by @blissfucker

  26. Orphan X

    by Gregg Hurwitz

    Recommended by @blissfucker

  27. Shades of Grey

    by Jasper Fforde

    Recommended by @this_pixel_life

  28. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

    by Eckhart Tolle

    Recommended by @naomibowler

  29. Pachinko

    by Min Jin Lee

    Recommended by @always_vacay

  30. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

    by Miguel Ruiz

    Recommended by @carolanejack

  31. Travels With My Aunt

    by Graham Greene

    Recommended by @boffandeggbeard

  32. The White Rabbit: The Secret Agent the Gestapo Could Not Crack

    by Bruce Marshall

    Recommended by @boffandeggbeard

  33. Pompeii

    by Robert Harris

    Recommended by @ourtravelspot

  34. The Sunrise

    by Victoria Hislop

    Recommended by @culturalwednesday

  35. Journey into Cyprus

    by Colin Thubron

    Recommended by @culturalwednesday

  36. A Gentleman in Moscow

    by Amor Towles

    Recommended by @atasteoftravel

  37. Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way

    by Kamin Mohammadi

    Recommended by @sevendayweekender

  38. Beautiful Ruins

    by Jess Walter

    Recommended by @ouiwegirl

  39. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

    by Gail Honeyman

    Recommended by @go.chase.waterfalls

  40. A Discovery of Witches

    by Deborah Harkness

    Recommended by @shewho_wanders

  41. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

    by John Perkins

    Recommended by @rolle_world

  42. Shantaram

    by Gregory David Roberts

    Recommended by @jetset_anna

  43. A Thousand Splendid Suns

    by Khaled Hosseini

    Recommended by @jetset_anna