Reading for your summer holiday – our Top 5

Ranging from novel, non-fiction to travelogue, here are our top five recommendations for some leisurely summer reads, to be enjoyed in a cosy deck chair at your holiday home with pool or perhaps at a fabulous holiday apartment on the terrace:

  1. Meike Winnemuth: Das grosse Los (German Edition) (Knaus Verlag)

German journalist Meike Winnemuth wins half a million Euros on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and decides to invest the money in a year-long trip around the world. She lives in 12 cities from Honolulu to Havana to San Francisco for one month each. Moving and intelligent, she recounts a journey that completely changed her life – a journey for which she wouldn’t have needed all that money, as she soon notes along the way. A humorous book that makes you wish you could pack your bags and go.

  1. Teju Cole: Open City (Suhrkamp)

This novel by New York-dwelling Nigerian Teju Cole was one of the literary sensations of last year. He illustrates present-day multi-cultural New York within the context of migration and globalisation through the eyes of his protagonist Julius, who wanders every night through the city streets. Probably the best book around at the moment for re-discovering the city that never sleeps!

  1. Dres Balmer: Route 66: By bike from Chicago to Los Angeles (German Edition)

In this original travelogue, Dres Balmer takes on the legendary Route 66 – not by car, but on two wheels. His encounters along the way paint a portrait of a surprisingly different America.

  1. Dan Brown: Inferno (Lübbe)

The latest adventure by master thriller writer Dan Brown is the fourth case for art historian Robert Langdon, delving deep into the world of a conspiracy that is rooted in one of the darkest masterpieces of literature: Dante’s Divine Comedy. The perfect nail-biter; not only suitable for travels in Italy!

  1. Jean-Luc Bannalec: Bretonische Verhältnisse: Ein Fall für Kommissar Dupin (German Edition) (Kiepenheuer & Witsch)

Jean-Luc Bannalec is the undisputed crime thriller writer of 2013. Bretonische Verhältnisse is an atmospheric crime novel in which a grumpy detective explores the secrets of Brittany’s land and people when he is confronted with three dead bodies on the beach.