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    Best places to read (and matching book tips)

    Let’s face it, many of us like to read a good book at a quiet place while on holiday. And according to a recent study by Auto Europe, that’s the case for many Europeans too. Over a period of two weeks, the overall amount of books enjoyed by the participants is 2.4. The same study also shows that this average is higher among Swedes, with an impressive figure of almost 3 per person!

    Undoubtedly, reading is a relaxing activity that can help travellers to wind down after the excitement of visiting new cities, changing time zones, and even walking more than usual. Holidays are the perfect time to catch up with reading material, as well. The extra hours and free time allow us to pick up books and magazines that have been sitting on a shelf at home for months. Not to mention electronic devices such as Kindles, that can get equally dusty.

    Whether it’s on paper, or on a screen, however, finding the right moment and time to read on holiday isn’t always an easy task. Ideal locations may not be available, or even obvious, so hopefully these tips will give you some ideas:

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    On the sun lounger:

    These haven areas of relaxation offer the ideal location to catch up on your book. Often found by the poolside or along beaches, just make sure to get to them before everybody else! And after you have finally occupied a lounger, do you know which book you should read? Our recommendation is the novel The Beach by Alex Garland. It tells the story of a young backpacker's search for an idyllic beach in Thailand, untouched by touristic crowds.

    On a park bench:

    Readers that don't mind a little bit of noise will be rewarded with fresh air and pleasant shadows from trees here. There is also a good chance to find a street vendor offering popcorn, ice creams and soft drinks. Slightly as likely, you can meet a friendly stranger with a fascinating life story sitting right beside you. Just like the movie Forrest Gump, inspired by the eponymous novel by Winston Groom. The book's protagonist retells stories about his life, the Vietnam War, his college years and romantic endeavors.

    On the plane/train/passenger seat:

    By far the most common place to get some reading time is during a journey. Book worms can safely tuck into a good novel and make a 2 hour trip fly by. Another option could be within the waiting areas. Nevertheless, so many delightful stories were inspired by places like these. For instance, we suggest Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier, The Terminal Man by Alfred Mehran and The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins - all of which have also inspired excellent high-grossing movies.

    In your vehicle:

    Find a quiet place on a hilltop, over-looking a beach or some countryside and simply park up. Make sure you're stationary, hand break is up and engine is off. Then, as soon as you are settled down and ready to immerse in the world of literature, why not pick up a well-fitting romance for this occasion? Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, is the international bestseller that tells the tale of a young upper-class man who decides to let go of his material belongings and hitchhike to Alaska. We are pretty sure this book will keep you turning pages!

    In front of a fire place:

    This spot only works if it's cold outside, preferably snowing. But the combination of a hot beverage, warm blankets and a nice fire will interest even those least fond of reading. Such cozy environment is the perfect place to gather the children and read them fascinating tales of magical worlds, such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In this fantasy novel, part of The Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis writes about childrens defending the land of Narnia from the White Witch and the deep winter.

    At the coffee house:

    Another perfect location to relax and read at is among one of the many cafes scattered around town. There is something charming about sitting at a table with a coffee and a good book. If you are like any of the characters in the TV show Friends, then be sure to get comfortable in your favorite table or spot! Classic books such as The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, talk about the Parisian Cafe La Rotonde. This famous place was the preferred meeting point of other influential intellects, such as Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald and T.S. Eliot.

    Main library:

    For die-hard readers, there is no better place. Especially if the holiday destination is a city with a famous library. Looking through the local collections and being surrounded by the extravagant architecture are enough to inspire anyone to starting reading their favourite novel. The Invisible Library of Genevieve Cogman, or The Endless Story of Michael Ende are classical novels designed to be read in a library. Even better if you can find their original publications!

    The restroom:

    There is no denying that if all else fails; the restroom is the place to go. It's unusual, yes, but this last-minute resource guarantees privacy, at least. At this point, you might have already guessed our suggestion for this place: Game of Thrones. The first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, is an incredible tale about the power struggle between the Seven Kingdoms and the eminent threat of the the Night's King. It is such a thrilling story, that a TV show was created after it.We hope one or more of our suggestions have inspired you. How many books, on average, do you read while on holiday? Let us know on the comments below, and don't forget to share your favourite reading spots with us.

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