Holiday time. Time for sunshine, and sand in uncomfortable places. Time to crack open a book, or crack into a stack if you’re feeling ambitious (and/or unthreatened by luggage weight limits).
So how do you decide what to take? Guess what’s coming. IT’S A BUNCH OF TIPS.
Don’t go overboard on virtue
Don’t pack five man bookers that you hate but you WILL read. This is the literary equivalent of courgetti and crossfit #readclean #intellectualRIGOUR.
Just take one (per week). One solid, wholesome officially endorsed Good Book™. The kind of book that provokes long essays, maybe a ‘classic’. This book is your rewarding struggle, and better to struggle on a beach or by the pool than rammed in someone’s armpit on the tube.
Balance out the Good Book™
In case you take a mental beating by the Good Book™, you’re might want an easier read to hand. This doesn’t mean trashy romance. Take a book that has a good story (hello Agatha Christie) or an old favourite.
Explore the back catalogue of so and so
Got one book you love and you’ve never had chance to read more by the author? This is your chance. Make them your travel companion.
Use a Kindle
I’m usually a committed fan of paper, but a Kindle means freedom to take more books and download more books if you run out. The only negative is your can’t dry it out if you drop it in the pool.
In the aim of practicing what I preach, here are the books I’m taking away.
- More Tim Winton (Aussie genius, lots of scorched earth, rolling seas and complex relationships)
- More A.M.Homes (SO good at describing tortured souls, sharp, (darkly) funny writing)
- To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf (The Good Book™)
- The Rendezvous, Daphne du Maurier (The good old-fashioned story)
Not this time –
- The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (I love it, I love her, I love that people are loving it at the moment, but maybe a fifth read is a bit much)
- Romantic Outlaws, Charlotte Gordon (it’s MASSIVE, saving it for when there’s no weight limits)
- The American Future, Simon Schama (I generally read a lot of non-fiction, having a rest)
Anyone got any holiday reading recommendations? Got your own strategy for picking books? Set that comment box to work.