14 books you won't be able to put down these school holidays.

With school holidays coming up, some of us are about to live out of dreams of endless reading time.

But when you’re trying to relax, you want a certain type of book. Ones that will make you laugh. Ones that will make you curious. Ones that will have you staying up all night because you physically can’t stop turning the pages.

Here are 14 of those books.

The Vanity Fair Diaries

By Tina Brown


This is former Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Tina Brown's behind-the-scenes take on what happened during her time at the magazine. It's fun and fascinating with all the tidbits you'd expect.


Crazy Rich Asians

By Kevin Kwan


This fiction novel reads like a gossip magazine and gives an insight into what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

Sex and The City

By Candace Bushnell


Candace Bushnell's collection of gossipy snippets from New York's upper-middle class dating scene is the perfect book for times when you know you're going to be interrupted, as each chapter is a short, semi-self contained story. And if you're a fan of the show (aren't we all?), it's interesting to see where Carrie Bradshaw began.

You'll Grow Out Of It

By Jessi Klein


Jessi Klein is a stand-up comedian and head writer on Inside Amy Schumer. In this memoir of sorts, she hilariously details everything from not fitting in as a kid to fertility struggles to red carpet run-ins.

The Girl on The Train

By Paula Hawkins

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You've probably heard of this one thanks to the 2016 film starring Emily Blunt based on the book. If you haven't seen the film, give the novel a go first. It's an intriguing murder mystery with a difference thanks to its flawed, unreliable narrator.

Not That Kind Of Girl

By Lena Dunham


The creator of Girls writes along the themes of the hit show - finding your way in your 20s - with a much more personal take, giving us an introduction to her childhood, love life and struggles to accept herself. Insightful and hilarious.


By L S Hilton


Be warned, while Maestra isn't going to leave you traumatised, it is not for the faint-hearted. We don't want to give away spoilers, but there are some very graphic descriptions of sex scenes and murder in this book. If you think you can handle that then strap in for a fast-paced ride where you won't know what the protagonist is planning next until it's too late.

Mia Freedman gives her take on Maestra - "50 Shades meets American Psycho meets Da Vinci Code". Post continues. 

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By Curtis Sittenfeld


This modern take on Pride and Prejudice is everything you could want in a romance novel and a bloody good read.

Why Not Me?

By Mindy Kaling


Even if you're not one of the millions of people who've been hooked by The Mindy Project, you'll still find the comedy writer and actress's take on everything from fleeting female friendships to meeting Bradley Cooper enthralling.

The Mummy Bloggers

By Holly Wainwright


The Mummy Bloggers is an unputdownable novel that follows three very different women who all make their living blogging about their lives. And if you like it, the good news is that the author - who just so happens to be Mamamia's Head of Content - has just finished writing a follow-up.

The One Who Got Away

By Caroline Overington


When Loren Wynne-Estes goes missing from a cruise ship where she was supposed to be enjoying her second honeymoon, her husband is the prime suspect. But of course, there's a lot more to it than that.

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Party Girls Die in Pearls

By Plum Sykes

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Another juicy high-society tale. This time a murder mystery set at Oxford University in the 1980s and written by fashion journalist, novelist and socialite Plum Sykes.

The Hypnotist's Love Story

By Liane Moriarty

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While Liane Moriarty's latest works have serious themes like near-tragedies, bullying, death and domestic violence, The Hypnotist's Love Story is a much lighter read. There's still plenty of emotional weight behind the story, but unless you've been the victim of stalking, there's nothing triggering in this tale.


Confessions of a Shopaholic

By Sophie Kinsella

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Whether or not you've seen the 2009 film adaption, this book is a lovely one for enjoying during your lunch break while sitting on a park bench. It's also a great introduction to author Sophie Kinsella, who has almost thirty novels to chose from next.

What's your favourite light read? Tell us about it in the comments below.