Summer holidays and the travel guides will try to get you visiting museums, doing water sports, enjoying cultural experiences but what if all you want to do is to curl up in a hammock, have all-inclusive pina coladas delivered to your hand by a gorgeous waiter/waitress and get lost in the latest best seller?
For a start avoid the welcome meeting – they tell you very little anyway that you can’t already glean from the guide books and at the end of the day it’s simply a selling exercise to a captive market.
On that first day when you’re desperate to get your first glimpse of the sun (especially if you live in England Summer 2012), the last thing you want to do is sit inside and listen to a hyperactive rep.
So, if you’ve made your excuses – a good trick is to send your partner feigning tiredness or a headache – which book is deserving of you exercising your thumbs to get to page 1?
One, two and three in the best seller lists are the rather saucy novels of E L James with the Mr Darcy of the 21st century, Christian Grey. If you’re not sure whether the novels, Fifty Shades of Grey
, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Free are for you, just take a look at the social network sites and you’ll get an idea of why most of your female friends aren’t available to chat!
If, as a bloke, you can’t see what all the fuss is about, try Fifty Shades of Black and Blue
, a parody of the series by the aptly named I B Naughtie, and at least you’ll get the gist whilst being able to laugh at what she’s reading.
If you’re a little more highbrow, try the Orange Prize Winner of 2012, The Song of Achilles
, a fictional account of the life of Achilles, who was drawn to the conflict of the Trojan War. A loose translation of the Iliad, it’s well written and not as stuffy as it may sound.
Men like a good read on the beach too and titles that may appeal include The Long Earth
by the evergreen author Terry Pratchett. A little off his usual style, it’s an intriguing tale involving a sort of potato operated time machine!
And if you’re after a psychological thriller for the poolside or beach, you could do worse than S J Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep, where nothing is as it seems!
So, with our recommendations, lie back, take a good long slurp of your cocktail and get lost in a novel.