Holiday reads

I’m off on holiday shortly and very soon I shall be lying down somewhere warm, with someone else bringing me drinks (‘why yes, yes I can manage another mojito – thank you so much for asking’), under several layers of sunblock (reality intrudes on the picture) on my first holiday sponsored by Kindle.

Last time we went to this same lush location, we were trapped by an unpronounceable Icelandic volcano – and although we were lucky enough to be staying on, and not having to pay any extra, I did (avert your eyes now please) run out of reading.  Our holiday club was almost entirely filled with Americans (nice ones) who had brought over books I’d already read, or the French, who had interesting books where I could understand one word in three.  Driven to reading terrible celebrity biographies, I lurched at my bookshelves when we returned like a not-very recovering alcoholic faced with an off-license.

This time – I have The Kindle.  It was bought for me as a birthday present last year, by someone close to me with a vested interest in keeping my luggage light – precisely for this sort of occasion.  I like many things about it – and dislike some still – but I am really enjoying knowing that – barring Armageddon – I won’t run out this time.

And – if you’re nosey – because the worst thing about Kindles is not knowing what other people are reading – here are the books I’ve got on there – so far:

A Death in the Family – Karl Ove Knausgaard
Silver – Andrew Motion
Lily: Jetset Mitfit – Yarah David
The Expats – Chris Pavone
Worm – Mark Bowden
Alys, Always – Harriet Lane
Disappearing Home – Deborah Morgan
Killer Instinct – Zoe Sharp
Look at Me – Jennifer Egan
Dark Eden – Chris Beckett
Pure – Andrew Miller
Plan C: Just in Case – Lois Cahall
What it Was – George Pelecanos
The Cold Cold Ground – Adrian McKinty
The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning – Hallgrimur Helgason
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
How to Leave Twitter – Grace Dent
66 Degrees North – Michael Ridpath
The Emperor of All Maladies – Siddhartha Mukherjee
Nurtureshock – Po Bronson
The Happy Depressive – Alistair Campbell
The Bones of Avalon – Phil Rickman
The Real Me Is Thin – Arabella Weir
The Pacific – Hugh Ambrose
Drowning Rose – Marika Cobbold
The Warden – Anthony Trollope

I can hide them under my Holiday folder – so for once I’ve not read my holiday reading before the plane – and I’ve been steadily adding to it over the last few weeks.  I wonder how many more will make it on there before we take off…

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March 20, 2012

3 responses to Holiday reads

  1. Nickie said:

    I’ve only read “How To Leave Twitter” from that list so looking forward to any recommendations you have when you get back.

    I’ve got The Real Me Is Thin on my wishlist I think.

  2. admin said:

    Thanks Nickie, I’ll certainly make some notes while I’m there.

    Did you like the Grace Dent?

  3. admin said:

    oops – bought another two this evening