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Holiday reads!

 It's the constant "big question" for a book lover; You're going on holiday. You're going to be away from your book shelf - away from any bookshops likely to be selling books in a language you can read -

WHICH BOOKS DO YOU TAKE WITH YOU?!

Not only that, but how many books does a book lover get through in a week or two? How will you ever be able to fit them all in your luggage allowance?! (Thank you, invention of the e-reader, for at least solving that one.)

I'm facing this dilemma next month, so I'm planning early. My holiday to-read list so far consists of the books below, but I want to ask you - how do you decide what books to take away with you? And do you have any suggestions for me?

Very often, when I go on holiday, I like to take a "literary holiday" too - I choose books outside of my normal genres and open myself up to something new. So far, I'm taking two books I would consider as close to chick-lit romance as I'm willing to get(!), a historical fiction and a couple of YA books I've not had the time to read yet but really need to! Please send suggestions for more, I have two weeks to fill with lovely words!


My holiday reading:


Fangirl and Eleanor and Park- by Rainbow Rowell

The Rosie Project - by Graeme Simsion

The List - by Joanna Bolouri

Queen's Gambit - by Elizabeth Fremantle

9 comments

  1. Emily @TheYANightstand1 May 2014 at 11:11

    BILLY AND ME by Giovanna Fletcher every time! I loved that book :)

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  2. Ohh, I've not heard of it but I will take a look! Thanks! x

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  3. Emily @TheYANightstand1 May 2014 at 12:10

    Really? It's one of my all time favourites and a perfect holiday read! X

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  4. I don't regularly (at all, really) read out-and-out romance novels, but I agree sometimes they are perfect for the beach! I've had a look and the reviews are great for it, so I could definitely be convinced on this one! x

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  5. There are lots of books I would try to avoid reading on holiday. For one, I want to enjoy the place I am in, so I would tend to avoid any fiction, particularly those with a strong sense of place in them. If it's a different place from that which I am visiting, then I'll end up muddled as to where I've really gone on holiday; or if it's in the same area, then I may question what I was really experiencing - the landscape or the novel.


    So I tend to go for something a bit more abstract. For example, on my last holiday I climbed a few mountains with the intention of sitting on top of them and reading Aldous Huxley's 'The Doors of Perception'.

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  6. That's a really interesting way of looking at holiday reading! I never considered how my sense of place can be altered by a book before. Thanks so much for your comment! Did you get to read much Huxley on your trip?!

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  7. I didn't get to read much then. Being perched on the top of a Scottish mountain with 50mph winds and very thick gloves in the winter, one's page-turning ability is somewhat impaired. Plus, there's not much daylight so you can't stick around for too long before you have to get off the mountain.

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  8. Julie @icemaidencakes5 May 2014 at 00:36

    I solve this problem by not having any holidays - the joys of being self-employed ;) I recently read The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey and loved it. Post-apocalyptic zombie novels aren't generally my thing but it was a really enjoyable read, read the 1st couple of pages in the bookshop and couldn't bare to put it back down!

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  9. I really want to read the Rosie Project, it looks really good. :)
    Also, I really like your new blog design, it's a lot less busy than it was before. :)

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