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

FORWARD SLASH

GRANTA BEST OF YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS

GRAVEYARD BLUES

GUNSHOT ROAD

JUST HENRY

KISS ME FIRST

LITTLE CYCLONE

LOST GIRLS

LOST LONDON

M – M16’S FIRST SPYMASTER

MAGYK

MORTALITY

NAMELESS

NEVER FORGET

OSKA POLLOCK

REVENGE WEARS PRADA

SHANGHAI BABY

STONER

SWISS WATCHING

THE AUSCHWITZ VIOLIN

THE CUTTING SEASON

THE DECISIVE MOMENT AND HOW THE BRAIN MAKES UP ITS MIND

THE ENGLISH MONSTER

THE GATEWAY

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

WHITE TIGER

WITCH CHILD

WORM – THE STORY OF THE FIRST DIGITAL WORLD WAR

 

I hope to come back with some reviews, but I’m not making any promises!

 

 

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July 22, 2013

2 responses to Holiday reading summer 2013

  1. Sandra Danby said:

    I admit to having a bit of difficulty with The Cuckoo’s Calling. I haven’t read it, borrowed it or loaned it from the library. And I do understand that JK wants to write privately. But I can’t get past the feeling of sneakiness. Should I just read it?

  2. admin said:

    Well I’d say yes. Authors can be a sneaky breed generally so that doesn’t really bother me so much.

    Best crime I’ve read this holiday? A DARK REDEMPTION by Stav Sherez.

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