Our holiday involved a lot of flights, ferries, and lounging by the pool / sea (it was tough). So although I didn’t read as much as I thought I would (ferry rides spent watching the wake of the boat are the best – I could, and did, spend hours watching the water turning under the boat), I still got through a fair amount, so thought I’d share what I read, in case you’re looking for some good holiday reading!
Since I started my job (I work at a publishing company when I’m not writing this blog), people have been recommending Tilly Bagshawe to me. It’s very sad that it has taken me such a long time to try her books, as The Inheritance was such fun, I really enjoyed it. A fun, enjoyable romp that helped me pass the time on our flight over. Perfect holiday reading.
The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
I was a huge Harry Potter fan, and was soooo disappointed by The Casual Vacancy. I’m afraid I didn’t finish it, which is really unlike me. But I had heard so many great things about The Cuckoo’s Calling and I’m so glad I gave it a go. Absolutely fantastic. It is the siry of. PI investigating the death of a supermodel. The official verdict was suicide, but the deeper Cormoran looks into it, the fishier that’s starting to sound… I really, really loved it. I think this is the first book in a series about this private detective. If so, I will definitely be buying the next one.
I’d never read Barbara Erskine until I started my current job, but I am now a huge fan. I love the way her stories blur past and present storylines, with a little bit of the supernatural thrown in as well. Another good holiday read.
I absolutely loved Tell No One (great book and absolutely amazing French film – have you seen it?), so when I saw this on a hotel bookshelf I decided to give it a go. It’s about a sports agent whose first ever client is killed, and his work partner has been blamed. He is sure she is innocent, so sets out to find out what really happened. This is clearly part of a series, one which I hadn’t read any of, but that didn’t matter a huge deal, although it was annoying in parts that I was clearly missing so much back story. But very readable, full of wisecracks between the main character and his shady best friend. Fun.
HOW have I never read Nora Ephron before!? This book is so funny and heartbreaking and sweet and sad and lovely. Plus it’s super short and you’ll read it in a few hours. I really, really recommend it. A VERY lucky find in the hotel library. (PS: How great is it to have hotels with libraries? Why don’t they all!? I’m sure people must leave behind so many books after their holidays to lighten their suitcases…)
Another funny and bittersweet book, it follows Don, a 40 year old professor with Aspergers, as he tries to find himself a wife and become side tracked by a project with someone who doesn’t match any of his criteria. A little predictable, but still a wonderful book and an author I will look out for in the future.
Phew! That’s it. All in all, a great bunch of books!
What are you reading?
(*Anything marked with a star I was lucky enough to get for free from work. But the review is my own!)