We are all for complete and utter laziness on the beach but you can only take so much relaxation during your holiday, right? That is why we compiled for you a list of books for the beach, that will either get your heart racing or that will open your heart to a range of emotions. After all, a great book will do just that: suck you into a whole new world, move you to tears or laughter, enchant you or keep you on the edge of your seat.
I am Pilgrim | Terry Hayes
This is the debut novel written by an american scriptwriter for various movie blockbusters (Mad Max and Dead Calm are on his resume a.o.). And that quality means that you can almost see the movie unfold before your eyes while you are captivated by a high paced action-packed story. In fact, the movie rights have been sold so it won’t take long before this one hits the theatre. I am Pilgrim is one of those can’t put it down thrillers. It starts with a murder somewhere in a hotel in Manhattan and the public beheading of a man in Saudi Arabia 20 years earlier. How these two crimes are connected will slowly unfold as, Pilgrim, a brilliant ex CIA agent who wrote a book on forensics and, the Saracen, an equally brilliant Jihadi terrorist are placed opposite each other in a race against time that journeys from New York, Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan.
The Fault in our Stars | John Green
Officially this is a young adult book but it had been ranking in bestsellers lists for so long that we felt compelled to read it nonetheless. It did not disappoint. That is, if you are interested in the emotional life of teenagers who are grown up way beyond their actual age. The story is about two 16-year-olds who meet at a cancer support group. Hazel Lancaster has had terminal cancer for half her life now. When she is introduced to Augustus Waters, whose leg was claimed by a malignant bone tumor, at a support meeting, her life is turned upside down as her new friend becomes the object of her deep affection. Beautiful characters, very funny at times, yet deeply moving. Above all a story about living life however restricted and short it may be, about true honest love and about painful loss.
Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
This book has actually already been turned into a blockbuster movie so if you find yourself too lazy to read it, you can always watch it on your tablet. Books have their own magic, we believe, so we highly recommend you read this one and watch the movie later. The story unfolds as Amy Dunne dissapears into thin air on the night of her fifth wedding anniversary from the house she shares with her husband Nick. Needless to say that before long Nick is the prime suspect. But events take a surprising turn in a twist of events that you will not see coming. Easy to read and highly entertaining.
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time | Mark Haddon
Quite an astonishing book written from the perspective of Christopher, an intelligent boy with Asperger syndrome. Every day is a journey of exploration for him, as he has trouble processing and validating all the aspects of human life. Then, one day, the neighbor’s dog is killed with a garden fork. The boy has only one mission and that is to find out precisely what happened. But that delivers a whole unraveling of messy secrets. A heart warming book that will be difficult to put down. Brilliantly written on the topic of living with autism, but also on how friends and family can suffer as much as or even more than the person who lives with the condition.
A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini
Impressed by his book the Kite Runner, we were triggered to read his other books as well. Follow the lives of two Afghani women, Mariam and Laila over a time span of 30 years starting with the Russian invasion of the country and ending with the Taliban being overthrown. Mariam, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy man in Kabul, lives the life of a poor girl. After her mother commits suicide, an arranged marriage puts her fate in the hands of a much older shoemaker, a piggish man who is both cruel and horrible. Laila grows up under much different circumstances but sees no other way out than to accept becoming this man’s second wife, when her boyfriend dies in battle and she is stranded with a baby. The two women start off as enemies but slowly warm up to each other and form an unlikely friendship that will end in an ultimate sacrifice for one of them. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a moving story that paints a clear picture of which hardships women had and have to endure in Afghanistan. It gives you some insight into the history of this beautiful country and at the same time offers you a story about hope, the power of love, the deep bonds of friendship and the daily struggle to survive. Be warned, we needed a handkerchief…
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