Bookworm Brits take multiple books on getaways but rarely finish all their reads

August 8, 2019 | Thoughts | By Thinking of You

Did you know reading is good for your mental health*?  With this in mind, as Brits set off for an August break it’s clear they want to reap the benefits of reading a good book while they’re away.

According to stats from Thinking of You, who questioned its users about their holiday reading habits, 60% of Brits pack between three and five books to read on their getaway. However, despite their best intentions 67% admit they return home having failed to finish them all. 

Recommendation plays an important role in the books men and women choose to take away, with over 50% revealing they have read at least five recommended books when they are on holiday. 

When questioned about what they look for in a book 80% of respondents said escapism and inspiration. The most popular genres include thriller, comedy and romance.  

Thinking of You users’ top holiday reading recommendations include:

  •  Any Human Heart, William Boyd
  • Sweet Sorrow, David Nicholls
  • The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan
  • Normal People, Sally Rooney
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind

Thinking of You user Lucy Grace reveals her top tip for holiday reading:  

 “On holiday, the quicker I become engrossed in a book the sooner I unwind and relax. My top tip is don’t take too many books away with you otherwise you’ll end up flitting between several. Instead, if you run out of things to read, borrow from a fellow holidaymaker or check out the bookcase in your villa or B&B – it’s a great way to discover new books you might not have ordinarily chosen. And, be thoughtful, pass on a book you’ve finished so others can enjoy it too!”


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