However, those days of lounging by a pool, putting down my book only to go for a swim/eat lunch/choose which drink to have from the pool bar's happy hour cocktail menu are long gone. Despite this, I somehow still have a huge pile of books currently stacked by my bed, waiting to be squeezed into my suitcase. They definitely can't all come on holiday with me, and seeing as I'll probably only read one or two, I need to choose wisely. Perhaps just take 4 or 5. Or 6.
Currently vying for a suitcase place are:
I heard about this ages ago, through various blogs and Twitter, but had never got round the purchasing. I'm so glad I did, as they are full of beautiful photos and illustrations, and lovely words. These are a dead cert to come with me I think.
SALT - Jeremy Page
The Angie Lewin cover attracted me to this book (as you know, I'm a sucker for a good book cover), but it sounds like a good read. The blurb reveals it contains a bit of history, a bit of mystery, some gorgeous descriptions of the Norfolk saltmarshes and a long-running love story. Sounds pretty perfect.
THE HOME CORNER - Ruth Thomas
As I was once a teacher of 5&6 year olds, a book called 'The Home Corner' instantly grabbed my attention. Not to mention the beautifully illustrated front cover. It tells the story of a 19 year old, who on failing her Scottish Highers, ends up working in a primary school. This goes on the 'maybe' pile I think.
THE HUNDRED-YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED - Jonas Jonasson
I've been trying to read this for a few months now. I'd seen all the hype about it when it was first out, and then spotted it in a local charity shop and thought I'd give it a go. I've read about 30 pages but have no desire to keep going. I really want to finish it though because I've heard such good things about it. Perhaps it'll be a 'maybe'.
THE KITCHEN HOUSE - Kathleen Grissom
I've already mentioned this book before here, and still haven't started reading it. While the cover is lovely, I'm not sure the book is completely up my street. Another 'maybe'.
THE DUD AVOCADO - Elaine Dundy
Yes, yes, another book that's drawn me in by its cover. But this one sounds so good. Reading the first page of the introduction, I knew I had to get it out of the library. Published in the same year as Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) the book centres around Sally Jay Gorce who (and this is the bit that sold it to me) glumly notes that her clothes divide themselves in three great looks: Tyrolean Peasant, Bar Girl and Dreaded Librarian. This sounds like a really fun book...it's heading suitcase-wards!
NOAH BARLEYWATER RUNS AWAY - John Boyne
Written by the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, this sounds like a magical tale. It follows eight-year-old Noah's adventure as he runs away from home and comes across a toyshop and the toymaker. A quick, easy read for holiday me thinks.
THE LOVELY BONES - Alice Sebold
I've read The Lovely Bones and Lucky by Alice Sebold before, so it was her name that attracted me to this book. It sounds like an intense novel, full of mother/daughter tensions and unresolved conflict. Perhaps not a holiday read, but I'm looking forward to getting stuck in.
MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY - Winifred Watson
I so love Persephone Books. Browsing their catalogue is a lovely way to spend a few minutes, discovering forgotten twentieth centure novels, stories, cookery books and memoirs. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is described as an enchanting version of Cinderella. That's good enough for me - in the suitcase it goes.
What's on your must-read pile at the moment?