12 Favourite Camping Reads – CAMPS’ picks for books on the road

It is easy for me to find books to read, a book-aholic – I have some lined up on my bedside, plus a bookshelf full just waiting. 

Here are some of my favourites, that I hope you will enjoy. Send in your recommendations and camping/reading photos, and we’ll start another list!

Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak 

This story meant I only started my latest book club saga a few days before we were supposed to discuss it! If you are a lover of The Book Thief, Zusak’s latest was exquisite. 

He tips me so easily into tears, crafting such memorable characters – and his writing is so beautiful. However, it was gifted to me by someone who just didn’t like it. But it was a winner for me.

Diana Gabaldon – Outlander Series

Don’t watch it first. Jamie and Claire are characters I can read about over and over again – teaching me about the Jacobites and now American independence. 

Time travel, red hair, romance and kilts. Luckily, Gabaldon has the next book out soon, Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone. You’ll see why it has created a surge of fans for everything Scottish.

Alexander McCall Smith – The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Characters, humour, and solving mysteries in Botswana. This is an engaging series with bush tea. 

Bryce Courtenay – Matthew Flinder’s Cat

I think I would be hard pressed to say which Courtenay book I like best. Jessica? The Family Frying Pan (a collection on global stories and recipes)… The Power of One? You are always in for a rollicking good tale, lovable eccentrics, villains and the unconquerable human spirit. 

Mitch Allom – Tuesdays with Morrie

Perhaps don’t read this if someone close to you is dying. Not yet, anyway. Poignant and a must-read. 

Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows – The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Island life in occupied Guernsey. Letters and the love of words brings people together, definitely recommend! The movie is wonderful, too!

Sebastian Faulks – Birdsong

This should be at the top of my list. About the trenches of World War I and love. It is not always an easy read, but it is a book I will always keep near.

Ian Rankin – Rebus series

I just love Rebus. He is not attractive or polite but he finds the killer – every time. Another Scot. It’s also interesting reading about Edinburgh, and makes me want to return (without the crime). 

Henning Mankell – Kurt Wallander

The character is also now found on TV; another troubled-in-personal-life but best-damn-detective-you’ll-find scenario. Swap the UK for Sweden, though, and enjoy the clever plots and twists. 

Sue Grafton – A is for Alibi

Kinsey Millhone is a Californian PI. It is an older series, woven around the few people she holds dear. Full of action and never an easy ‘whodunnit’.

George RR Martin – Game of Thrones 

Don’t ever believe the series are better than the books. I was riveted, and rolled through each book – saddened at the end. Gory, violent, endearing. I was very impressed – they distracted me no end from my duties. 

Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice

I was gifted her set of six books and treasure them. They are a comfort to be reread whenever I want a laugh. Austen was the ultimate deliverer of disdain and life lessons – with gentle, powerful romance. A definite favourite that I hope every child is made to read in school! 

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