I believe that making a virtue of necessity is a very smart move. When I go to the beach I always pack the books that I haven’t had time to read yet. Let me be an example for you – use the hours spent on a blanket to make up for your reading backlog. Read on to see the titles which, in my opinion, totally thrive as a holiday companion. Since some of these books come in Polish – they might come useful when learning the language. Polish language learners – read on!

1. A SERIES, „CZTERY ŻYWIOŁY SASZY ZAŁUSKIEJ”(eng. FOUR ELEMENTS OF SASZA ZALUSKA) (KATARZYNA BONDA) 

A series of crime stories written by one of the most-read contemporary Polish writers. The books are totally addictive. All three parts focus on a story of a criminal profiler, Sasza Zaluska, who constantly faces new mysteries that she needs to solve. Take it with you if you’ve got STRONG nerves 😉 I’m sure that your close ones will also enjoy reading the books – each of you can pack one of the three parts! 😀

2. THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES (PETER WOHLLEBEN)

This book became an instant bestseller! Written by a forest ranger, the book focuses on the amazing abilities of trees. Did you know that pines, for example, have memory and care for their offspring? 😉 Read the book to find out more about it! 😉 It offers a wide range of interesting facts, which you’ll totally feel like sharing with everyone. I’ve checked it myself! 😉

3. „POKOLENIE IKEA” (eng. IKEA GENERATION) (PIOTR C.) 

A book written by an anonymous founder of a Polish blog, Pokolenie IKEA (eng. IKEA generation). It’s a bitter sweet story of contemporary people who live only to pay off their mortgages. What do corporate workers dream of, and does real life really start on the first day of your summer holiday? The book inspires to stop, think for a while, and discuss the matters described with your friends.

4. „BARBARA HULANICKI. WAŻNE JEST TYLKO JUTRO” (eng. BARBARA HULANICKI. IT’S TOMORROW THAT COUNTS) (JUDYTA FIBIGER) 

The book comprises an interview with the founder of the cult Biba, who in the 60’s was loved by the swinging London. What’s the story of a girl who was born as a goddaughter of marshal Rydz-Smigly, a Polish commander-in-chief of armed forces during the war, and decided to revolutionize fashion? The summer’s a great occasion to talk about the old good times that have long passed (not only in fashion) 😉

5. „RZECZY, KTÓRYCH NIE WYRZUCIŁEM” (eng. THINGS THAT I HAVEN’T TOSSED) (MARCIN WICHA) 

The new book of the author of How I Stopped Loving Design is an attempt to describe a close one according to the things they leave behind. Marcin Wicha writes about the difficult relationship with his mother, creating a portrait of a strong and tough woman, who never gives up. And in the background there’s the author’s love for design, and the respect that he has for everything. Well, we’re also allowed to reminisce while we’re on the beach… 😉

6. „TU BYŁEM. TONY HALIK” (eng. I’VE BEEN HERE. TONY HALIK) (MIROSŁAW WLEKŁY) 

A surprising and inspiring biography of Tony Halik, who used to host a travel TV show called Vanilla and Pepper. There’s no place for boredom – a traveler’s life is rich in so many unbelievable stories that it literally takes a second to read the book 😉 Be careful, though: Tony Halik’s stories can easily surprise you to instantly pack your suitcase and leave to a bit more dangerous destination than a Baltic beach 😀

7. SMALL GREAT THINGS  (JODI PICOULT) 

The books written by this talented American writer have been on the top of bestsellers lists for some time now. No wonder – a totally thrilling plot, characters that one totally identifies with, surprising changes of events and a lot of emotions. Bring the last Jodi Picoult’s book to the beach with you – it’s a story of racial discrimination and simple human fear. You’ll see – you’ll find it hard to stop reading. No wonder that it’s made it to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list.

8. „WZGÓRZE PSÓW” (eng. DOG HILL) (JAKUB ŻULCZYK) 

The newest novel of a controversial Polish writer and journalist, who’s famous for his books entitled Do Me Some Harm and Get Blind from the Light. His newest masterpiece is a sinister thriller which plot will surely differ from your holiday surroundings 😉 If you like STRONG experiences and a Twin Peaks like atmosphere, buckle up and read the story that takes place in the Polish Masuria.

9. THE GENE: AN INTIMATE STORY (SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE) 

It only takes a hook to prompt you to find out something more about the world around you? You’ll surely find the story about the birth of one of the most powerful (yet dangerous at the same time) sciences of our times: genetics. Genetic experiments, the influence of genes on human behavior and problems that scientists have to face are described so well that the book reads like a thriller 😉 If my recommendation isn’t enough, you might find it encouraging that the book is a New York Times bestseller and The Washington Post best book of 2016.

10. „INSTRUKCJA OBSŁUGI FACETA” (eng. A MAN MANUAL) (SUZAN GIŻYNSKA, KATARZYNA MILLER) 

One thing’s for sure – one never gets enough of books like this one 😀 This guide is written by two psychologists who know best how to get along with a partner and how to react in case of a crisis 😉 You can show the book to your other half – it may make them realize one thing or another 😉 It’s written in a wise yet witty way – no way you’ll get bored! 😉