Here are the top 25 books we take on holiday for our summer reads

With the suntan lotion and sunglasses –holiday essentials for millions of us include books to read while we wile away the hours beside the pool or on the beach.

Beyond the clothing essentials, books  were the top ranked things travellers pack for a UK staycation, beating other things such as magazines, board games and sports equipment
Beyond the clothing essentials, books were the top ranked things travellers pack for a UK staycation, beating other things such as magazines, board games and sports equipment

New research has been looking at the nation’s summer reading habits.

Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You has been named the best holiday read – beating the Harry Potter collection and Fifty Shades of Grey, in second and third respectively.

A poll of 2,000 adults revealed Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird completed the top five.

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    The research, commissioned by Original Cottages, the national holiday cottage company with the local touch, revealed that the average Brit will get through five books during a typical holiday, with three in five reading more on a week’s holiday than in an average working week.

    In fact, nearly six in 10 prefer to read on holiday as they can relax and unwind, with 59 percent believing that buying new books to take away is a key part of the travel preparation.

    While romance was considered the top genre to read on a staycation, others enjoy mystery, historical and literary fiction.

    But rather than trying something new, 39 percent stick to a genre they know they love and read all the time at home.

    Nearly three quarters think reading is a great way to escape and switch off.

    However, 37 percent find it difficult to find the right book to buy when on holiday in the UK.

    Sonia Holman, marketing director at Original Cottages said: “We hope that our summer holiday reading list will help Brits to feel inspired when it comes to packing a book for their next UK trip, and for the more than half of Brits who would feel frustrated if they forgot to bring something to read, our local team of experts are on hand to provide tips and advice on where to find the best novels locally.”

    Beyond the clothing essentials, books were the top ranked things travellers pack for a UK staycation beating magazines and board games.

    The Ultimate summer holiday readling list as voted by Brits:

    Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

    Harry Potter collection by JK Rowling

    Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

    The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

    The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

    My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

    Better off Dead by Lee Child and Andrew Child

    The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

    Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

    A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough

    Murder Before Evensong by Richard Coles

    Over my Dead Body by Jeffry Archer

    The Murder Book by Mark Billingham

    Normal People by Sally Rooney

    Becoming Molly-Mae by Molly-Mae Hague

    Diddly Squat by Jeremy Clarkson

    Cat and Mouse by MJ Arlidge

    It ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

    Lion by Conn Iggulden

    Billy Summers by Stephen King