Holiday Reading List

Reading List I am now apparently that person who cannot read unless she’s on holiday. During the week, the guilt of reading anything other than work related learning materials is too high and by the time bedtime arrives my face doesn’t work any more and just wants to fold in on itself and reboot for the next day.

I need to do some catching up whilst I’m off, when I don’t find time for reading I can practically hear the blood curdling screams of my brain cells as they hurl themselves into the black hole of my vacuous mind. Too dramatic? Yep. My writing almost certainly suffers too.

So I have two weeks one week left and I’m about a third of the way through Station Eleven. Sigh. I wasted a good bit of my first week off bingeing on Luther. But one week to go, four and a half novels and a cook book hybrid thing to get through and a renewed respect for the brain enhancing power of the written word.

Gluten Is My Bitch – April Peveteaux

Probably the best book to come out of a blog I reckon. Sarcasm, diatribes and recipes. I’ve dipped in and like it so far.

The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer

I started this ages ago and love love love the voice and story. Progress halted, see above re readers guilt.

Blurb: ”ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.

The Humans – Matt Haig

Matt Haig could write a blow by blow account of the after effects of eating a bad prawn and I’d devour it, his writing is bloody wonderful.

Blurb:  After an ‘incident’ one wet Friday night where Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, he is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he’s a dog.

What could possibly make someone change their mind about the human race. . . ?

Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandell

This is the next Bloggers Book Club read and looks like such an interesting story. Not like anything I’ve come across in a while.

Blurb: One snowy night in Toronto famous actor Arthur Leander dies on stage whilst performing the role of a lifetime. That same evening a deadly virus touches down in North America.
The world will never be the same again.
Twenty years later Kirsten, an actress in the Travelling Symphony, performs Shakespeare in the settlements that have grown up since the collapse.
But then her newly hopeful world is threatened.
If civilization was lost, what would you preserve? And how far would you go to protect it?

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

This has been on my tbr pile for the longest time now, since my mamma recommended it. I already know the twist…I’m good with a spoiler or two so I think I’ll live.

Blurb: Rosemary’s young, just at college, and she’s decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we’re not going to tell you too much either: you’ll have to find out for yourselves what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone – vanished from her life. There’s something unique about Rosemary’s sister, Fern. So now she’s telling her story; a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.

Oh and Mr Mercedes – Stephen King

Which I bought after reading Cat’s review and because Stephen King is my spirit animal.

Blurb: A cat and mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by ‘the Mercedes massacre’, a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he’s preparing to kill again. Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time.

How about you? Do you struggle to fit in reading time? Does your mind tank suffer? Read any of those on my holiday reading list?

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  • Strong list! The Shock of the Fall is ace and I too am a tad obsessed with Matt Haig – looking forward to some reviews 🙂

  • I loved both the humans and the shock of the fall. Totally agree with you about Matt Haig. X

  • The Shock of the Fall has been on my kindle for ages. I’ve yet to start it…I think I’m worried that it’ll be terribly depressing for me, and I don’t need any encouragement to sink into depression!!

  • Kerri

    I have The Humans as an audiobook and I’m looking forward to getting into it!

  • I love Stephen King so I will definitely be checking that one out! Love discovering new books. – Tasha

  • Ive been reading we are completely beside ourselves but it hasn’t hooked me! Bit of a pain. I just picked up station eleven as I’m determined to make a bookclub! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • I’m only about a quarter of the way through Clare Balding’s ‘Walking Home’ book that I got for Christmas… I don’t have time for reading!! x

  • Cat

    Thanks for the mention of my review! Definitely agree that it’s a worthy holiday read! I got through it *so* quickly!

  • You’ve just reminded me that I own We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and I need to actually read it! I completely understand what you mean about only being able to read during the holidays; I have books to read for uni and if I’m reading something else instead I feel very guilty!

  • Yes, I am sometimes just too tired to read!! But will add some of these to my reading list! Which is never ending…

  • Lisa and Stella

    Tiredness is a devil when you’ve hundreds of books you need to read! I’ve just finished reading my first novel using the kindle app thingy which I said I’d never do but my migraine brain seems to tire less reading from the screen which seems like reverse logic to me!

    One of your choices there is already in my to read pile and I’m liking the sound of the gluten one too.

    When I’m queen I shall declare more hours in the day and more days in the week! xox

  • Josie’s Journal

    This is a good mix of books, they all seem quite different! I haven’t read any of them but have heard good things about The Shock Of The Fall and I’d love to read some more of Stephen King’s work – I’ve only read Carrie! x

    Josie’s Journal

  • Em

    I read we are completely beside ourselves last summer on holiday. I totally didn’t see the twist at all. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it either! I read so much Stephen King as a teen but I haven’t read any in such a long time.
    Sometimes I get into reading phases and I drop everything to read (housework is the first thing to go) other times everything seems more important!

  • Oh the pressure Soph, the pressure. I’m still working on finishing off….all of them.
    M x

  • Isn’t he the best? I can’t get enough of him.
    M x

  • So I worried about the same thing but the tone isn’t depressing at all actually, which helps a little with the overall depressingnessness.
    M x

  • It’s cracking so far, have you started it? Who’s narrating it?
    M x

  • I got really excited when I read the review of that, totally different to his other stuff really.
    Have you read Rose Madder? One of my favourite King books but a bit unknown I think.
    M x

  • Haha, how’re you getting on with Station Eleven? I’ve missed a couple of bookclubs on account of being a really really crappy reader! You’re in good company
    M x

  • Haha, fair enough! I have so little time to spare it feels very very weird to sit and read a book. I’ve taken to squeezing in a bit of reading time first thing before I get up to take the dogs out but everyone’s a bit frantic and bum scootchy then. Not relaxing!
    M x

  • I’m so sad that I haven’t even had a bloody chance to start it yet! I know I’ll devour it when I get there.
    M x

  • It’s hard right? That guilt is too much. Sometimes I try to multitask and treat myself to a chapter after I’ve learnt something…that NEVER works!!
    M x

  • You’re in good company! I used to be the one everyone came to for book recommendations, now it’s my mum. MY MUM! And she never bloody reads.
    M x

  • Dear sweet jesus WHERE DO I VOTE FOR YOU???
    M x

  • They are quite a mixed bag, all really different in style.
    Carrie is a cracking Stephen King book to have read though, this one is a bit of a step away from his usual style I gather which I’m quite excited about. Although he could write and encyclopedia on loo roll and I’d read it.
    Try The Shining, it’s BRILLIANT!
    M x

  • I’m ditching housework stat and telling the husband it was your idea.
    Might buy myself a reclining chair too, for all my reading…sob.
    M x

  • I’ll definitely have to check it out and yes, I loved Rose Madder, very dark and disturbing, but brilliantly written!

  • Kerri

    We started it the other night, it’s pretty good. Good enough to get Kris to listen too, so now it’ll take an age to get through it haha. It’s only 8hrs of listening though.

    Umm, I don’t know who is narrating. I am afraid to look since the Audible app has this habit of playing the book out loud every time I open it and I’m in the office at the moment.

  • Not sure how I would have found the Karen Joy Fowler if I had known the twist going in. I liked it in an academic kind of way, but didn’t find any of the characters particularly loveable! Shock of the Fall I liked a lot, and The Humans I really enjoyed for the most part. Happy summer reading I’ll look forward to hearing what you thought! xx