Holiday reading summer 2013
It’s going to be a kindle only holiday for me this year. My husband’s plan has worked very well and I have been stocking up electronically for the last few months. There was one small flaw – actually make that two flaws..
They’re aged 8 and 10 and both reading like demons now. I’ve allowed about ten books each, long ones – for a two week holiday. They could swap books but I suspect they won’t unless they get desperate.
I’ll type up my list of what I’m taking shortly, but thought it might be helpful if I mentioned some of the books I’ve read recently which would be perfect for taking away.
THE SLEEPER by Emily Barr is another strong psychological suspense novel which I should warn you will leave you lusting after sleeper rail journeys.
THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by - well by JK Rowling. Read it and join in with the discussion – is crime a good genre for her? I think so.
LET ME TELL YOU A STORY by Renata Carverly – Renata was left alone in the Warsaw Ghetto as a small child and survived through the kindness of strangers and distant relatives. Written from her perspective at the time, it’s incredibly moving and also shows how reading can be a salvation in the hardest places.
MAY WE BE FORGIVEN by A.M. Homes – winner of this year’s Women’s Fiction prize. Dark comedy very much set in today’s society, a fairly unsettling read.
THE SHINING GIRLS by Lauren Beukes is what you’d get if you mixed THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE and anything by Val McDermid. I won’t give anything away but it combines a very strong concept with characters I hope to see again in future books.
THE HALF LIFE OF HANNAH by Nick Alexander is one to read if you’re finding your family hard work on holiday.
THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED by Jonas Jonasson is a work of comic genius, while chronicling the twentieth century in passing.
Let me know what you thought of those.
My list (in alphabetical order by title – no authors included to save me typing!) includes the following:
A CELEBRATION OF VIRAGO AT 40
A DARK REDEMPTION
A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES
AN ATLAS OF IMPOSSIBLE LONGING
AN ENGLISH MYSTERY – AGATHA CHRISTIE
BONES OF AVALON
FELL THE ANGELS
GRANTA BEST OF YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS
KISS ME FIRST
M – M16’S FIRST SPYMASTER
REVENGE WEARS PRADA
THE AUSCHWITZ VIOLIN
THE CUTTING SEASON
THE DECISIVE MOMENT AND HOW THE BRAIN MAKES UP ITS MIND
THE ENGLISH MONSTER
THE HEAT OF THE SUN
THE LAST HUNDRED DAYS
THE MEMORY OF LOVE
THE MIDNIGHT SWIMMER
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING
THE SECRET KEEPER
THE SILENT WIFE
THE SONG BEFORE IT’S SUNG
THE STATE OF ME
TIGERS IN RED WEATHER
TITANTIC AND THE SINKING OF J.BRUCE ISMAY
WORM – THE STORY OF THE FIRST DIGITAL WORLD WAR
I hope to come back with some reviews, but I’m not making any promises!
July 22, 2013