With my addiction to the new iPad (which in the absence of a suitable name is known as “iPad” rather than “the iPad”), comes the wonders of e-books via the Kindle app. As long as I have the charger I can load up the iPad and I am good to go. My local library also loans e-books, perfect for holidays as there is less to carry and no fines, if I forget to renew them the books vanish, then when I take them out again it remembers where I left off. Fantastic.
This summer the Foodies100 have teamed up with Idealo to suss out what UK Food bloggers’ favourite books are. I voted for both Evelyn Waugh and Somerset Maugham, citing the wonderousness of gin addled ex-pats living in the far East!
I like not to work on holiday, and also dislike cookbooks in electronic format, so they are not going to feature on my iPad this summer. I have chosen some self-improvement, a latest thriller and some nostalgia, in chicklit and classic format.
Getting Things Done – David Allen – the classic book on productivity and letting go of the associated stress. David’s premise is that holding stuff in your head causes stress. You dump everything onto paper in a giant “in basket” and then go from there. My current GTD system has massive holes on pending and putting on hold so I am hoping that I can come back and sort my lists, projects and goals and get stuff done.
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins – Everyone seems to be talking about the book and film. Science fiction, set in a dystopian future. It has had over 800 5* Amazon reviews and is a blockbuster at 450 pages. If I enjoy it I can download parts 2 and 3.
Riders – Jilly Cooper – A fun nostalgic romp. I read this as a teen. I love Jilly’s characters and voice. The entire book is preposterous, but I do enjoy her writing and certain passages make me howl with laughter (another favourite is the Common Years – describing her dog walking on Putney Common – rather than another book about the English class system).
Sinister Street – Compton Mackenzie Better known for his Whiskey Galore, I blow hot and cold with Compton Mackenzie. Sinister Street is a favourite, a coming of age novel set in the early 1900′s. The main character Michael Fane lived on Kensington High Street, (where I used to) and holidayed in Cornwall (which I do). Scenes and characters are keenly observed through the eyes of a child then a young man. It is a lovely gentle read, a trip back to a bygone era. I have not read it for years and my copy is too fragile to leave the flat. At well over 1000 pages it will keep me occupied for a good few hours.
What are you looking forward to reading on holiday this summer?
With thanks to Idealo for the Amazon credit to buy these books. They asked if I could tell you they sell frying pans.