On holiday in Menorca

List 5: Holiday reads

I’ve just got back from a lovely relaxing 10 day break in Menorca where I spent lots of time reading by the pool. This got me thinking about great books I’ve read on previous travels, so here’s my list of the best books I first read while on holiday.

List Number Five: The ten best books I first read on holiday (in chronological order)

  • The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. Read on a week in Loch Rannoch in Scotland in 2001.
  • The Cider House Rules by John Irving. Read in California while on a year travelling around the world in 2002. Possibly my favourite book of all time.
  • True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. Read in Perth, Australia while travelling around the world in 2003. Another candidate for my favourite ever book!
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Read on a long weekend in Bodelwyddan, North Wales in 2004.
  • Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo. Read on a family week away in Lincoln in 2008.
  • Guernica by Dave Boling. Read in New Zealand in 2009.
  • The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Read on the same trip around New Zealand in 2009.
  • The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman. Read on a very hot trip to Avignon in France in 2010.
  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. Read on a road trip around Colorado in 2011.
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Read last week in Menorca!

Do you save books to read on holiday, or pick particular genres to read while you’re away?


8 thoughts on “List 5: Holiday reads”

  1. Loved The Secret History and have always intending reading more Donna Tartt. I liked the Kelly gang book even more. Haven’t read the Cider House Rules but really enjoyed the film. I’ll add the others to my reading list.(Except the one that I didn’t enjoy at all.)

  2. My best memory of reading a book on vacation was one summer on Cape Cod, MA when I brought up Jack Finney’s classic time travel novel, “Time and Again.” The best part was that after I finished it, it made the rounds of our friends and family who were all vacationing together. Some of us were re-reading the book, but it was great to share it with some folks who hadn’t read it before. Perfect rainy day on the Cape kind of book.

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