Holiday reads

I can tell from the Guardian Review that summer is here. Wouldn’t know it fom the weather. It’s time to discuss holiday reading matter.

It’s all very well having the likes of Martin Amis list five books, and probably very long ones at that, to carry them through their holiday. What I want to know is, if you could only take one book this summer, which one would you choose?

I am re-organising my holiday dates, so I expect to have finished Harry Potter when it comes to going away. So looking at my current most urgent pile, I’d probably pick Mary Hoffman’s City of Flowers. It’s long(ish) and has had a long wait.

But I hope you understand that my suitcase will be full of books. Interesting exercise, though. And so difficult I’m relieved it was only an exercise.

6 responses to “Holiday reads

  1. I hope you enjoy the Hoffmann. I have her new one ‘The Falconer’s Knot’ sitting on my shelf waiting for me at the moment. Is ‘The City of Flowers’ the second or third, I can’t remember. I thought the series got better as it went on.

  2. City of Flowers is the third. The first two got read very fast, and then things intervened. I loved The Falconer’s Knot. It has everything; crime, romance, history.

  3. Oh good! It’s list time again, although I wonder if one entry can constitute a list.

    No matter; I intend to cheat anyway, and use this as an opportunity to hearken back to late winter/early spring time when Bookwitch’s blog gave us a chance to speculate on the 100 Best Books survey, which led to which we hadn’t read, and which we hated and quit reading, and so on.

    I was intrigued that several of the books that made the list I’d never even heard of: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome, The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton, — and Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.

    And I was more intrigued still when I read the breakdown lists on the World Book Day site and found that Birdsong had placed 7th among those age 43 to 60.

    How had I missed it? Had I overlooked its reviews thinking WWI–not for me–in spite of being a big fan of Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy? Who knows?

    So I decided to read it–and am I glad I did. So that list at least in this one case served what I guess is the purpose of such things.

    And I might have missed the list itself, probably would have, were it not for Bookwitch.

    Because here in the US, we don’t observe WORLD Book Day, probably for the same reason that we call the playoff between our top 2 baseball teams the WORLD series…..!

  4. Yes, Laurie, I had you in mind.

    And the problem with Faulks is called the Atlantic, an abyss between our countries.

    Before I married the Resident IT Consultant I’d never heard of Ransome either. It’s cultural differences. Still haven’t read him, but I did see the film…

  5. What film? Another one that didn’t make the crossing, I guess.

    I’ve read one of the Famous(?) Five mysteries by Enid Blyton, and enjoyed it a lot, but I had to buy it off ebay. I’d heard of her for years, just never could find a book by her other than The Night the Toys Came to Life.

    One of the delights of stumbling upon the public library in Nassau, Bahamas was seeing a whole row of Enid Blyton.

    Sadly, between my two visits there, first in 1982 and then last month, Nassau has become far less British and far more American.

    But I digress: or do I? It was a summer holiday posting that got me going….

  6. Wow, you Americans are so deprived.

    The film; Swallows and Amazons, starring Virginia McKenna if I remember correctly. Look it up on IMDB.

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