Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Holiday reading round-up

So, I'm back from Egypt. I've had a brilliant week of reading, drinking and soaking up some of those UV rays. I've come back a few pounds heavier, not much browner, and with a slightly cooked lobsterish tinge to my scalp (I always burn my scalp, I'll never learn to just wear a hat).

Considering the actual number of hours I spent reading, I think I've read a fair number of books. We were unusually active during the week, going on excursions and attempting to join in with the evening entertainment (including an English music quiz which my friend and I, as the only English people there, lost). And I lost a whole day to that 'finished one book don't know which one to read next' feeling after finishing Dark Places (which was awesome, by the way).

To the round-up:

I started off with Gillian Flynn's Dark Places for the aeroplane. I cannot stand flying so I figured a bit of a thriller may help distract me from the turbulence and the kids crying. I was right, I couldn't put this down! A good story and I couldn't guess the ending (I thought I'd got it down but was totally wrong) which is always brilliant. My sister has just started reading Gone Girl and I will be swiping that from her as soon as she's done for sure.

As per Laura's sparkling recommendation I hit up The Sisters Brothers when I arrived. Such a perfect book, thanks Laura for encouraging me to read it (pretty much going to read everything you recommend now Laura, you know that right?!). Alys, Always was the let down of the week. I'm not going to say anything else about it because there will be a full review following soon. The week picked up with The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry which had me sobbing on the beach. Literally. Such a sad/hopeful/amazing book. The last book I finished was The Half Blood Blues. This was a bit of a departure from my usual reading and, apart from the attempt at writing in dialect, I really enjoyed it. I quite like books that start at the end, fill in the middle and then reveal something about the ending I thought I already knew. Does that make sense? Probably not so, moving on. 

On the plane back I started re-reading The Shadow of the Wind. I find it odd that I don't remember the plot of this at all but I am looking forward to rediscovering it. I remember at least that I really enjoyed reading it the first time so with any luck I will enjoy it all over again.

I hope everyone has had a lovely week! I'll leave you with the view from my sun lounger. I'm surprised I got any reading done when I just stared at this for so long (it's been a while since I've seen blue sky).



  1. Ha, you SHOULD read everything I say! For I am master of all things! But no seriously, isn't The Sisters Brothers SO good! And, I think, kind of unexpectedly so :).

    I am SO jealous of your holiday, you don't even KNOW! But it looks like it was amazing, glad you had a good time!

    1. In that case, I bow down to your literary mastery! Unexpectedly good is a perfect way to explain it. I can't put my finger on why it is so good, just that it is.


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