Anna Bell tells us what she will be reading this summer
My holiday reads:
This year I’m off on my first ‘do-nothing’ holiday for about fifteen years. Unlike my past holidays, there’ll be no backpacking, sightseeing, sport spectating, diving or windsurfing. I’m currently five and a half months pregnant and my husband and I decided that we were going to go to a fancy hotel in the sun, and do absolutely nothing - probably the last relaxing holiday we’re going to have for a long time!
With this in mind, the first thing I’ve been packing are my books. In fact, with two days to go, that’s all I’ve packed so far. Those and a swimming costume - surely that’s all I need?
I still review books for a website, so I’ve got a couple of books that I’ve been sent to review to take with me: Jon Rance’s This Thirtysomething Life and Lucy Lord’s Vanity, both seem like great holiday reads.
I’ve been saving books that I’ve read really good reviews or recommendations for too. I’ve not seen a review for Emma Garcia’s - Never Google Heartbreak that hasn’t been a 9 or a 10. And I’m taking Lisa Jewell’s The Truth About Melody Browne, I love Jewell’s books and when discussing her with another big fan she mentioned that as her all-time favourite Jewell books, so I had to find a copy.
I’ve also been lucky enough to be sent an advance copy of a book from my publishers called The List by Joanna Bolouri. It’s described as funny, very raunchy but with a sweet nature to it. Again, it sounded like a perfect beach read so I jumped at the chance of having a sneaky read - it’s out early next year.
So that’s five books, but will five be enough? We’re staying at the airport hotel the night before we go, so we’ve got eight days/seven nights... And that’s the beauty of Kindle. I’ve got Sophie Hart’s The Naughty Girls Book Club, Laura Ziepe’s Essex Girls, and Elle Field’s Kept to read. Plus, I’ve probably got half a dozen other books on Kindle including non fiction just in case I run out or need a change of genre.
I love taking my Kindle away with me, especially when a hotel has wifi, as then if you fancy reading something different you can always download a new book. And unless you run out of battery and you’ve forgotten your charger, you never run out of books and you’re never forced to read a random book from a book swap just to have something to read!
Anna Bell can be found at http://www.annabellwrites.com/
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