There is nothing like having a good book to get lost in during a holiday. Some of my most memorable reads have been on holiday, or whilst travelling. It’s a time to get truly immersed in the story and get to know the characters.
Obviously, it’s a lot harder to do this when you have children. They don’t allow you to sit for hours and read, un-interrupted. They do things like jump in the deep-end when they can’t swim, or whinge incessantly for an ice-cream. I do, however, still get excited about the prospect of my summer read.
One book that’s been on my list for a while is May We Be Forgiven by AM Homes.
If you liked the Corrections (and I did), then you will like this. It has the same darkly humorous look at the modern American family. Although as the title suggests, the characters in AM Homes’ book do have the chance of redemption. I wouldn’t say this is a believable book, but who says a book has to be believable to be enjoyed. And enjoy this I did. (Who let Yoda write this post?)
Second on my list is Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.
I haven’t finished this one, but so far it definitely ticks a few of the holiday read boxes. Set in 1960s Italy and modern day LA, it has made me laugh out loud. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in when I go to Italy next week. (Yes, I’m very lucky this year and am having two summer holidays).
So I need another read for my Tuscan adventure. Anyone have any good holiday reads they can recommend? It doesn’t have to be set in exotic climes, a compelling story and interesting characters are all I require. What books have you enjoyed recently?