I love this time of year for so many reasons. Its the time of year (hopefully) we have better weather. Its also the time that if you have children, they are off school so you get to hopefully spend a little more time together as a family. This year we have a 17 night break away planned, and I am counting down the days. It’s thankfully going so fast, I can’t believe we are a week into the school holidays already!
One the many things I’m looking forward to when we go away is reading a good book. Honestly there is nothing quite like having the time to leasuring read a book or four, which is usually how many I read on holiday. I thought in this post I would tell you what I’m planning on reading. A mixture of books I’ve downloaded on my kindle and a couple of proper books, which I must admit I prefer. I think its the feel of turning the pages that makes it different, or the smell of the paper maybe?
Where do you get your holiday reads from? Me, I tend to go by recommendation and then either go to my local bookstore or The Book people, using a book people discount code. Here’s my holiday reading list, starting off with one that I’ve chosen for a really important reason. One of my favourite reads from when I was a child was The Secret Garden. It was also one of my really good blogging friends – Kate’s favourite. She recently passed away, and it kinda feels right to be taking something away with me, that I know we both love to read.
The next book I’ve chosen is – The High Mountains of Portugal, which is the eagerly awaited new novel by Yann Martel – the author of bestselling Booker Prize winner Life of Pi. It’s a journey that begins in Africa in the 1600s. It covers topics such as faith, responsibility and finding the courage to face death. Everything from love to suffering and faith to evolution is touched upon.
The next book is – Two Steps Forward, which I heard about a while ago and have been saving for this trip. The Rosie Project author Graeme Simsion and his wife Anne Buist tell the story of how two middle-aged misfits walked 2,000km along the pilgrims’ way in Spain to find themselves. I too walked part of this pilgram walk a year or so ago and the it really was an amazing part of the world. So much history and beautiful scenery.
Taken on the same path thats in the book.
It’s apparently already been earmarked for a film adaptation by Ellen DeGeneres’ production company, so I’ll be looking out for the film too.
Finally, I’ll be bringing with me The Handmaids Tale. I actually had this on my reading list last summer, but didn’t get round to reading it. I’ve been so entranced by the TV series, I had to read the book. If this one has passed you by its all about Offred, who finds herself a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian site in what was the United States. She has been placed in the household of Commander Fred Waterford and has one function – to breed…eek!
Can you tell, I like quite heavy reads? Nearly time for me to sign off, but I would love to know what summer reads you recommend?