Reading on holiday is up their on my favourite things list; something about being more relaxed and having more time makes reading a lot of fun.
For California I did something I never thought I’d do… I used a Kindle. The horror. My sister lent me hers to help me keep the weight of my suitcase down and I hate, HATE, to admit it, but I enjoyed using it. So easy, so portable and weirdly I think it helped me read quicker – something about the percentage line at the bottom of the screen maybe?
Let me be clear (for my conscious if nothing else!) I have no plans to move to a Kindle permanently. I love books, love displaying them on my book shelf and it’s one of the few areas of my life that isn’t fuelled by technology. How sad is that? What about you – do you sit in camp Kindle or camp book?
Books I read on holiday
Before I go down that path too much, I wanted to share with you the three books I read on holiday; thankfully all enjoyable and all I’d recommend…
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I loved this. It’s exactly the type of book I like to read. A sinister thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going on and what exactly had happened. A definite page turner, similar to the likes of Gone Girl and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (in terms of momentum), I finished Girl on the Train so quickly. Ha, just realised all three books have ‘girl’ in their titles!
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
A sad read, I won’t lie. This isn’t exactly an uplifting holiday read, but by no means does it make it a ‘bad’ book. I felt so drawn in to the main character’s world and it broke my heart to read how lost she was becoming as her alzheimer’s/dementia developed through the story. That’s not a spoiler by the way and kudos to Emma Healey for how they tackled the subject. Elizabeth is Missing is a must read.
The Humans by Matt Haig
It took me a while to figure out how I felt about this book, but by the last 50 or so pages I felt oddly quite emotional. I’d say The Humans sits on the sci-fi side of things but there are some definite messages about the world we live in, how we treat people and simple acts of kindness and love. Humbling and, at times, quite funny.
What are you reading at the moment? I’ve just started Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’, for something a bit different to the above! I love her.