I am a ridiculously fast reader, the kind that has to fill half her suitcase with books just to get through a week’s holiday. So when electronic book devices were first released, you would have thought I would have been the first person in the shop right? Wrong.
When the Sony e-reader (one of the first) came out my Dad could not stop raving about it. He’d read all sorts of reviews that said it was the best thing since sliced bread. So naturally when my Mum was stuck for ideas for his birthday, she decided to stop him raving about this weird electronic book thing, and get it for him. I was horrified, he was delighted.
As an avid reader, I couldn’t understand why you would want to swap the of feeling the weight of real paper and hungrily turning each page with your fingers for cold metal and silly little buttons. But still, Dad couldn’t stop singing its praises, which mostly fell on deaf ears, that is until I started commuting.
Having a two hour (each way!) commute you start getting pretty bored when you have nothing to do, so I started taking along a book for the ride. That was until I began to be exasperated when half way through my journey I would finish my book and then have nothing for the ride home (there’s only so much a girl can fit in her handbag, even a girl who’s nickname is Mary Poppins!)
Cue the realisation that one of those electronic thingys might be quite handy and to cut a long story short, I ended up in a certain electronics store, deciding that I did in fact want an Amazon Kindle. I honestly thought it would be a bit of a fad, one of those things you play with for a while and then get bored and go on to something better (like Minidisk players, remember those?!)
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I’ve had my Kindle for nearly a year now, and it’s a permanent fixture in my handbag, and now I rave at people who ask me if I like it.
Anyway, seeing as I am off on holiday for two weeks at the beginning of September, and being as it is that I have managed to read nearly all the books that I’ve already downloaded onto my Kindle, I decided I would compile a reading list, mostly for myself, but for anyone else who is interested (also please feel free to suggest titles for me to try). So here are two lists, one list I have already read, and I think are worth mentioning and the other list is my holiday reading list.
Please don’t judge me, there is a healthy mixture of books here!
10 Noteworthy Books:
Peaches for Monsieur le Curé by Joanne Harris
If you liked Chocolat and The Lollipop Shoes and like me you’re intruigued by Vianne Rocher and her bewitching ways, this is a must. You can smell her chocolate creations through the colourful language Harris uses.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
Read the book first, watch the film second. They are quite different but you need to read the book first to understand the original concept behind the film. Funny and sometimes a little eye watering.
One Day by David Nicholls
Again, book before the film, I beg of you. Quirky and heart wrenching.
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
For those who saw the BBC screenplay and wanted more from it, read the book. You’ll reveal all sorts of things the TV programme didn’t. Not just for war buffs, this has the right amount of love story mixed into the fighting and gore.
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
A fascinating insight into the world of Orthodox Jewish women and one woman’s struggle with that way of life.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Fantasticly emotive language and vivid descriptions about a girl who can taste people’s emotions through their food.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
The emotional journey of a man who has been afflicted by a devastating stroke. His struggle with everyday tasks and his incredible use of a blinking alphabet that allowed him to write this book.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
An absolute classic. No description needed. If you haven’t read this, smack the back of your hand and then go and buy it/download it before the film with Leonardo Di Caprio comes out!
Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
A strange concept but a brilliantly and sensitively written story of a group of friends coping with the ‘loss’ of their best friend Karen who is in a coma for the majority of the book and the twists and turns that come from such complicated relationships.
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
As a massive fan of JP who has read all of her published works to date, this was a must for me. Slightly different to Picoult’s usual writing style but fantastic none the less. Interesting storyline intertwined with snippets of information about wolves and their similarities to human beings.
Secrets in the Attic (sometimes called Flowers in the Attic) by Virginia Andrews
A controversial book that most college age kids have read, I however have not, yet.
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
A combination of marriage breakups, affairs, babies and food. A slightly lighter read for holiday perhaps.
Are You My Mother? by Louise Voss
The story of a girl searching for her birth mother.
When It Happens To You by Molly Ringwald
Interlinking stories following an LA based family and their friends through their everyday lives, which aren’t all they seem.
Down And Out in Paris And London by George Orwell
Debates about whether or not this is a work of fiction have been rife since its publication. Did Orwell really live the life of a down and outer in Paris and London or is it peppered with fiction to spice things up? I’ll let you know.
Watch Over Me by Daniela Sacerdoti
Love story of two unfortunate people who may heal each others wounds.
The Love of My Life by Louise Douglas
A heart breaking love story of young love and loss
Monday to Friday Man by Alice Peterson
Struggling with the rent means one thing, a Monday to Friday man, but he’s not all he seems.
An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender
Same author as The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, who writes fantastically.