We all know summer isn’t summer without a good book to get lost in while you’re relaxing during the sun-drenched days and balmy nights. Whether you’re after a tale of adventure or need some life-hacking inspo, these are our picks.

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

A roller coaster of emotions is Elizabeth Gilbert’s feel-good memoir of self-discovery and letting go.

Following an early mid-life crisis resulting in divorce, depression and a devastating rebound, Liz shuts up shop and heads to three iconic places to rediscover her sense of self and her happiness: Italy, India, and Indonesia. She indulges, she devotes herself, and she, ultimately, finds real love.

The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris

Escape 9-5, live anywhere, and make money in your sleep is the philosophy of entrepreneur extraordinaire Tim Ferris, who gave birth to the phenomenon of Lifestyle Design. This practical and clear-cut self-help book will motivate anyone wanting to live the life they want, where they want, and show them the tools and strategies they need to make it happen.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

One of the best-selling books in history, The Alchemist tells the story of Santiago, a young shepherd boy who embarks on a journey to find his legend, guided by a recurring dream. The modern classic, universally revered tale reminds us to always embrace the present, make the decision and follow our own journey.


Once Upon a Road Trip by Angela N.Blount

On the cusp of adulthood and living a pseudo-life via the online world, Angeli needs a shake-up. Opting for a two-month solo road trip, she certainly goes through the ringer: contracting mono, enduring a near-death experience, border detention, and constantly getting lost. Throw in the affections of two young men, and you’ve got yourself an honest, unapologetic account of love, betrayal, and adventure. A real coming-of-age odyssey.

Looking for your own road trip to embark on this summer? Check out our list of the best Christmas road trips to embark on.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

The hilarious autobiographical tale of travel writer Bill Bryson’s attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his overweight, alcoholic friend Stephen Katz. The gags are plentiful but the detail around the trail’s history, ecology and sociology is quite remarkable – cementing Bryon’s place as travel writing doyen of the century.

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

For anyone who’s dreamt of packing up and moving to a remote town in the French country side, A Year in Provence is your summer read.  Peter Mayle’s clever yet warm-hearted account of what happens when he relocates to the epitome of provincial life – complete with descriptive visuals of the Rhône Valley, a 200-year-old stone farmhouse and French gastronomic heaven, is all about appreciating life’s little pleasures that we take for granted.

1000 Places to see Before you Die by Patricia Schultz

“Anyone who tells you that it’s a small world just hasn’t travelled” Patricia Schultz. Spot on, Patricia. Her #1 New York Times best seller redefines travel guides all over thanks to a new approach to the travel bucket list. Enthralling, impeccably researched with that ‘just one more page’ hook, 1000 Places to see Before you Die will have you wanderlusting all summer long. 

Wherever you’re spending your summer holidays, make sure you get there safely. Thrifty’s extensive range of  hire cars and trucks will get you to the beach or the family holiday house in the country. Just don’t forget the book!