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Top 5 holiday reads

Books have a way of making us feel a variety of different things. They may not look like much, but they hold entire universes, at the brim of each page, inviting us to dive in, without further ado.

It is time to step out of the office, leave our bright screens and sit on a bench, an ice coffee in one hand and a great story in the other. We have selected for you an assortment of holiday books to bring with you, wherever the summer months take you.


Hunting and gathering – Anna Gavalda

Even though this book is already a couple of years old, it has become a staple read, one that’ll always find its way in your bag, on the way to the beach.

Camille, Franck, Philibert and Paulette don’t have much in common. The first one paints, the second cooks, the third one is an avid learner and the fourth one loves to watch them all with tender compassion. As they try to find their place in the world, they look for their reason to be. But would their reason to exist ultimately reside in their common existence? A story of love and friendship in a 600-page book that you will devour from beginning to end.

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Call me by your name – André Aciman

The movie may have made you cry, but that was before you knew the book also existed!

Call me by your name is a love story, surprising by its simplicity. We are witnesses to the budding feelings between Elio Pearlman, 17, and Oliver, a young university student. This novel, based in Italy, one summer in the eighties plunges us into a world between dream and reality.

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The sun and her flowers – Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur is without a doubt an extremely talented author. Her words flow across each page, finding their way through the biding and between the illustrations, made by the author herself.

The sun and her flowers is a regrouping of poems and thoughts on becoming an individual. A powerful story of finding oneself in a journey of love and acceptance.

Suzanne (The woman who ran away) – Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

This book, a tinge darker than the previous ones, recounts a poignant story.

The woman who ran away is an ode to the author’s mother, to her tumultuous and mysterious life. Abandoned by her mother at an young age, Barbeau-Lavalette investigates on this woman’s curious past. This inspiring novel gives new meaning to our search for meaning, in a Quebec in cultural turmoil, between Riopel and  “Le Refus Global”.

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Dress Scandinavian – Pernille Teisbaek

We all know coming back from holidays can cause a real rukus in our wardrobes. Pernille Teisbaek, queen of minimal styling has put togther a guide to dressing down, in the chicest way.

Learn all about the do’s and dont’s of minimal and subdued fashion, all illustrated by beautiful fashion shots.


What are your favorite holiday books?