What’s a Holiday without a Good Book?

One of the great pleasures on holiday for me is to be able to read, read and read. I don’t get the chance to read as much as I’d like to at home. This is partly because of lack of time but also due partly to a bit of a self-confessed TV addiction in the evenings. Therefore holidays give me a great opportunity to enjoy a few good books. Not that that’s the only pleasure that I indulge in on holiday, but as this is essentially a writing blog we’ll skip the other indulgences for now.

I don’t usually take my Kindle on holiday due to the sand/sun lotion/seawater dilemma so Indie’s are out I’m afraid. Instead I read traditionally published books on holiday although I read a lot of books by independent authors and publishers when I’m at home. These are my choices for this year’s holiday:

20130710_133137The Life and Death of Charlie St Cloud by Ben Sherwood

Books about ghosts and spirits don’t usually appeal to me but I thought I’d give this one a whirl. Having already started this book pre-holiday, I am finding it really enjoyable. The book is so well written that it is convincing even to a sceptic like me. On taking a peek at the acknowledgements at the back of the book I note that the author has done a lot of research and this has obviously paid off. Aside from the subject matter, the book is essentially a love story and a very enjoyable one. I had previously read The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (also on the subject of life after death) and wasn’t overly impressed. In my opinion The Life and Death of Charlie St Cloud is a much better book.

The Ladykiller by Martina Cole20130710_133048
I’ve read a few books by Martina Cole in the past and I’ve found some better than others. However, for me she is an inspiring author and I intend to read more of her books in the future. When I was at Stockport Book Fare recently I found a stall with an excellent selection of books by Martina Cole. I was deliberating over which one to try next when the stall holder insisted that I should choose The Ladykiller. Apparently it is one of the best books he has read in a long time so this one comes highly recommended and I can’t wait to start it. At over 700 pages I think it will keep me well occupied during my holiday.

Sharon Osborne – Survivor
I have to confess to my penchant for the occasional celeb autobiography although I probably wouldn’t touch anything by anyone under the age of 25. I’m afraid that in my opinion if you’re going to write about life then you need to have lived a bit first. Sharon Osbourne has certainly had a more eventful life than most. I also enjoy finding out what goes on behind the TV screen. So, all in all, it should make for an interesting read if I can squeeze it in after the gigantic Martina Cole book. My only reservation is that it’s one of several so I’ll probably have to buy the previous books if I want to find out more about her earlier life.20130710_133152

What books would you choose to take on holiday, and why, or do you normally not bother with reading on holiday? Feel free to let me have your feedback in the comments area below. If you would like my verdict on any of these books once I’ve finished them, please let me know; I’ll be happy to share my thoughts.

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3 thoughts on “What’s a Holiday without a Good Book?

  1. Hey, I love the cover on the Charlie St Cloud book! Does Ben credit the cover designer in the front matter? I’d be interested.

    I love celebrity autobios too. I’ve read quite a few. One that touched me deeply though was Michael J Fox’s and it dealt with his diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease and his acceptance of it. Actually I read that on holiday about 10 years ago. Most recently I have read both of Russell Brand’s My Booky Wook and Booky Wook 2. He writes so well and you can almost hear his voice as you read. Did you enjoy Sharon Osborne’s? She’s been through heaps of strife – I can imagine it’s quite a heartfelt read?

  2. Thanks for your feedback Alice, much appreciated. I haven’t read the books you mention so I must try them at some point in the future. The Sharon Osborne book was good – she’s very straight and uses the same language in the book that you can imagine her using in real life.
    I passed the Charlie St Cloud book on to my husband and I think he brought it back from holidays so I’ll have to check with him what he did with it. I agree, the design is quite eye-catching, isn’t it?

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