Holidays have always been when I do most of my reading. As a child, the highlight of my year was going to Waterstones to pick up that summer’s reads – and as an adult, I’m no different. Unless you’re going on a city break, holidays should – in my eyes – be for sleeping, eating, drinking and reading (in whichever order you so desire).
My holiday this year was no different, and during my ten days in the south of France I managed to plough my way through nine books. Not bad going I reckon.
So today I thought I’d share with you what I read on holiday, partly so I can re-live my holiday vicariously through this blog, and partly to give you, dear readers, some bookish inspiration, should you need it.
The Martian by Andy Weir
A little while ago – long after all the hype had died down – I finally watched The Martian – and I loved it. Funny, tense, interesting – it was everything I could possibly want from a film. So I decided that I’d read the book as well.
And I was not disappointed. I was surprised at how faithful an adaptation the film was to the book. There was nothing in the book that I don’t remember being in the film, and the dialogue was pretty much word-for-word in some places (which I suppose isn’t surprising given that the vast majority of the book is either a monologue or dialogue).
The only downside to having seen the film already was that I knew how the book was going to turnout – which meant I had none of the tension and stress that made the film so enjoyable.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
I absolutely adored this book as a fresh take on dystopian/sci-fi YA. Put simply, it’s the story of the people who aren’t destined to be the Hero or the Chosen One. Picture Harry Potter from Susan Bones’ perspective – sure, the battles with Voldemort affect her life, but really, she’s more interested in passing her classes and dating cute boys and/or girls.
With Malice by Eileen Cook
Imagine waking up in hospital, with several months of your memory missing and your best friend dead. Terrifying, right? Now imagine people think you murdered that best friend.That’s what With Malice is about.
I thoroughly enjoyed this – most of the way through I thought I knew where the story was going, and how it was going to end. Then I got to the end and I was totally surprised – which rarely happens with me and books if I’m honest.
The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
How many times in your life have you sat back and thought ‘I wonder how my life would have turned out if… ‘
What If I hadn’t met that boy? If I hadn’t gone on that trip? Hadn’t said yes? Hadn’t said no?
The Versions of Us asks this question, telling three versions of the same relationship. It explores the role of free choice and fate in our lives, as well as painting some very real pictures of relationships – romantic and familial – and the challenges they face.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Honestly, the less said about this play, the better. I hated it. Absolutely hated it. Loathed and detested it with all my heart. The premise was ridiculous, the dialogue was unbelievable and tried to hard to be funny, and quite frankly it was boring. Moving swiftly on.
Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
I’ve been a big fan of Kate Morton ever since I read The House at Riverton. Her books all follow the same pattern – young girl is involved in mysterious secret decades previously; plucky young woman in the present day strives to uncover that secret.
Whilst formulaic, I love them – and Secret Keeper was no different. If mysteries and strong female protagonists are your thing, then I’d highly recommend Secret Keeper (or any Kate Morton book really).
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Despite loving the film, and loving Douglas Adams’ writing style, I realised I’d never actually finished reading Hitchhiker’s Guide. Not much to say about this other than Douglas Adams’ is still the writer I aspire most to be like.
City of Bones & City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
I first read the Shadowhunter series years ago. But I realised I’d never read the last installment (or maybe even the last two, I’m not sure). So I thought I’d start re-reading the series again before I read the last book(s).
Nice, easy, fantasy YA complete with love triangles and romantic challenges. Exactly the sort of thing I like to read while lying on a beach.
Have you read any of the books listed here – if so, what did you think? Do you agree with my assessments? What did you read on your holiday this year – or what are you reading at the moment?