One of my favourite things about our recent trip to Portugal was the fact that I didn’t have to do anything except eat, sunbathe and read (unless I wanted to of course). And this is basically what I did for 80% of the time when I was away – talk about blissful. It was even more awesome because I’ve not had much reading time lately. What with a new commute that sees me crammed on to a train for twenty minutes with barely room to move my arm, let alone hold a book, so getting lost in a good book just hasn’t happened. So what did I read, I hear you cry?! Let’s delve into my holiday reading list…
First Class Murder by Robin Stevens – This is just the sort of book I’d have loved as a child and still love now! It’s a mystery story wrapped up in Enid Blyton’s Mallory Towers and is pure escapism bliss. Book three in the series is set on the Orient Express and sees our two heroines attempting to solve a locked room murder. Every time I read one of Robin’s books I feel so sure I know who did it and yet again I was only half right this time round, always a good sign in a detective novel! I defy you not to adore it and if you don’t then there’s something wrong with you!
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – I first started this book about two years ago and we just didn’t get along. So I gave it a rest after just five or so chapters. However as I had more time and could properly focus on holiday I gave this a second chance whilst away. And I’m glad I did. Whilst I didn’t adore it, like loads of other people seem to have done, it was a good read and I raced through it. I loved Harold and the way that Rachel used the journey as a way of revealing more of his life.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I adored this book! How it’s taken me so long to read this novel I don’t know! I loved the characters, I loved that Cath was scared of everything and not willing to jump feet first into everything as that’s not necessarily how people are and often books forget this. Rainbow has a brilliant way of writing relationships perfectly and Fangirl wasn’t an exception. Plus the way she interspersed different sections of the novels and the fan fictions stories was great. It’s just brilliant, now I just need to read Carry On!
Three Amazing Things about You by Jill Mansell – Ever since I discovered Jill Mansell’s books with Head over Heels at aged 13 I’ve adored Jill’s writing. They’re the perfect mix of humour, love, great friendships and mishaps all wrapped up in brilliant writing. And Jill’s latest novel is no exception! I raced through it at a rate of knots and adored every page. One thing I hadn’t quite prepared myself for was the sadness in this book and boy do you need tissues whilst reading this. But it’s still a heart-warming and lovely read. Just perfect for a chilled out holiday!
After You by Jojo Moyes – I was a little concerned about this book as often a sequel doesn’t quite live up to your high expectations and with Me Before You being one of my all-time favourite books I was worried. I needn’t have been as with this sequel we learn what happened to Lou after the tragedy of losing Will and we learn to love all our favourite characters all over again. The story is brilliant and there’s no sense that this is a book written just to make more money as it really is a brilliant novel in its own right. Yeah for another great book – not as wonderful as Me Before You – but brilliant in its own right.
So there we have it, all five of my holiday reads – all of which were great and I would highly recommend! Have you read any of these, what were your favourites?
– Fi x