Saturday, 23 May 2015

How To Pick Your Holiday Reads

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Deciding what to read whilst on holiday / over the summer break can be an absolute nightmare for people like me that have quite a lot of choice and a complete lack of ability when it comes to making bookish decisions. Thankfully, I've come up with a handful of tips for us all to organise our holiday reads somewhat. I'm also here to share some of the books that I may read over the summer. 

tips for organising your holiday reads:

1| Work out whether you want quick fun reads or books that challenge you

2| Plan in advance so you have time to switch it up 
3| Mix up your genres for books to suit every mood
4| Take wild cards!
5| Be realistic about how many books you'll read 
6| Raid the charity shops for cheap paperbacks that you can then leave for other people
7| Read a book set where you're holidaying 
8| Take a book that someone else has picked out for you 

books i might read this summer...


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the secret history by donna tartt  

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever. 

The Secret History is one of those books that everybody talks about and that everybody loves. It has been patiently sat on my shelf unread for two years now because I was waiting for a perfect time to read it free from university and distraction. That time has come my friends, and you better believe that I am already reading it. I think I'm going to love it. I am very glad that Rosie decided to gift it to me all that time ago! 

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lonesome traveler by jack kerouac 

As he roams the US, Mexico, Morocco, Paris and London, Jack Kerouac records, in prose and pure poetry, the life of the road.  

Kerouac's books lend themselves to hot summer days. However, he is one of those writers that can leave me feeling a bit disillusioned at times. I get him, and sometimes I like him, but sometimes I can't help but think 'wow, you must've been a shitty dinner party guest'. We shall see how quickly I can get through this one. It may take me the summer! I believe I picked this up from The Last Bookshop in Bristol for £2 a few years ago.

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homemade love by j. california cooper 

J. California Cooper tells exuberant tales full of wonder at the mystery of life and the hardness of fate. Awed, bedeviled, bemused, all of Cooper's characters are borne up by the sheer power of life itself. 

You may remember that I featured this book in a secondhand book haul, after finding it in my favourite bookshop for £1! I love short stories and I'm feeling extremely hopeful about this collection.

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the name of the wind by patrick rothfuss

This is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of travelling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story. 

Whilst I spend my life in a fantastical state of mind, I don't actually read a lot of fantasy books. This is something that I am thinking about changing somewhat. I have heard so many people talk about this book, so when I saw it second hand for £1 I thought why not? I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into this one, if only for the promise of adventure. 

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  1. Great post! So excited to read The Secret History, someone told me it was similar to 'Special Topics in Calamity Physics', which is unlike any book I've ever read before and I would definitely recommend it! (I actually had to log in to my library account to remember the name, damn you long titles!) xxx

  2. have been wanting to read most of the books you mentioned, esp The Secret History!

  3. I love the tip about reading a book set in the place you're visiting, may need to do that before my trip to Rome this Summer :) Homemade Love looks fab! May need to hunt for that one Xx

  4. You have a great line up of books there! When I'm on holiday I like to read quite light hearted and feel good books, I also like the idea of reading a book set in a place you are visiting :) xx


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