Have you been meaning to catch up on your reading? Use your cottage holiday to experience these classics
Even if you’re a bookworm at heart, modern day pressures and demands might mean you’re falling behind on your literary bucket list. With so many books to read and so little time, you need to make the most of your cottage break to catch up with old classics and the new reads that everyone is raving about.
As if escapism and beautiful prose aren’t enough, there are a number of other benefits to reading that makes it the perfect activity for you on your weekend cottage break. The days are getting shorter, the weather a little cooler, so indoor pastimes are going to be increasingly popular.
Research shows that reading can improve ‘theory of mind’; a concept we more regularly term ‘empathy’. We are effectively using books to teach us more about human emotion and complex social relationships. You can also stand to enjoy an increased vocabulary and heightened critical thinking skills. And all of this can be achieved without even having to leave the comfort of your cottage!
If you are looking for inspiration and specific books to delve into on your last minute cottage holiday, we have collected a few of our favourites below.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
This modern thriller tells the ominous story of Rachel, a woman who is struggling with alcoholism, the loss of her job, her husband and the possibility of ever having a child. Her drinking binges cause blackouts, and when a woman goes missing during one of her memory lapses, Rachel takes it upon herself to find out where she has disappeared to and who is involved. It is soon to hit the cinemas, but the book is such a suspenseful roller-coaster that it is definitely worth reading beforehand.
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
If you didn’t read this at school, it’s never too late. This 1954 novel by William Golding describes the cautionary tale of a group of British boys who have become stuck on a deserted island. The boys have to survive, and come up with rules and means of governing themselves. Inevitably, there is a struggle between civility and the will to obtain power at all costs.
1984 by George Orwell
This dystopian novel is where the ideas of ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Room 101’ originated. It was written by George Orwell in 1948 and describes a ‘future’ where everyone is under the strict control of a privileged elite, and individualism or independent thought is prosecuted. The novel covers issues such as censorship, nationalism and surveillance and has made the Guardian’s Top 50 Must Read list.
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
This is a remarkable book that is well-known and studied in America, but is unfortunately less read in the UK. It’s a really touching story where the protagonist, Charlie, undergoes an experiment that catapults his low IQ and transforms him into a genius. With this new awareness, Charlie realises that he has lived his life as the butt of everyone’s jokes. This heartbreaking tale addresses important themes such as the treatment of the mentally disabled and the concept of happiness.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Grey is Oscar Wilde’s only novel. Though Wilde is renowned for his wit, this philosophical novel addresses more serious issues. At the beginning of the novel we meet Dorian, a young, attractive but narcissistic man who falls headfirst into a world of hedonism. He expresses frustration and concern that a portrait of him gets to remain young forever, while he ages and falls apart. We don’t want to give too much away, but this story will definitely keep you up at night!
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