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Sure, you could look to the New York Times bestseller list for reading ideas for your honeymoon, but we love the idea of looking to the past and picking up a more retro read that you might have missed. Here are our five picks for memorable chaise-lounge reading:
1. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. This novel, which was made into a memorable Alfred Hitchcock film, is mesmerizing and haunting. Whether you're reading it poolside or in a cozy ski chalet with your new husband snuggled up beside you, we think you'll love getting whisked away into this mysterious, elegant (if slightly dark) love story.
2. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough. There's so much to love about this epic novel, first published in 1977. Set in New Zealand, the story follows the central character Maggie through all of the seasons of her life. Heartbreak, love, and forgiveness are all central themes in this unforgettable story.
3. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: Believed by many to be the author's best work, this atmospheric, lyrical novel follows the Ramsay family to their home on the Isle of the Skye in Scotland.
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4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: If you've managed to make it your entire adult life without reading this classic, check it off your "to do" list on your honeymoon (you won't be sorry!). We love the famous first line from the novel: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Even if you saw the movie last year (oh, Leo, old sport!), you should still tuck this surprisingly thin novel into your suitcase—especially if you missed out on it in high school English class. The author set out to write "something new, something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned" and he succeeded with this classic portrait of the Jazz Age. Read it on a sandy shore or on the balcony of your hotel and get lost in the glitz of Fitzgerald's grand imagination.