I’m off on holiday pretty soon – which alone I’m pretty excited about. Secondary to that though, I’m pretty excited about having time to read some books. Even though I’m sure that with a bit of time management I’d be able to fit in reading books at home, it’s just something I never get around to doing. However, now that I know that I’m off on holiday for a week and that I plan to do absolutely nothing for that week, I’m sure I’ll be able to fit some reading in. Especially as the weather looks like it might be so hot where I’m going that I don’t think I’ll be capable of doing anything. On one of the days, it’s down to be over 36 degrees. I crumble in 21-degree heat. Send help. I’ll melt.
I often completely forget to buy books before I go on a beach holiday. Then I end up buying whatever I can get my hands on in the airport. This year I’m determined not to do that!
So here’s a little “holiday book” wish list to keep me sane in the heat!
One: Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*Ck by Amy Alkon
I’m not sure why I want this book – but it looks like a lot of fun. I really liked Watching the English by Kate Fox, and I think this book verges on being slightly on the anthropology side of things too.
This book entered my wish list after an extremely long train of thought. At work – where I write a lot of letters to a whole range of people including Lords, vicars and God knows who else with what else title – I often find myself searching Debrett’s for the correct way to address an envelope. Seriously.
This got me wishing I knew more about etiquette. I know the basics but always worry (possibly a little too much) that I come across a rude because I didn’t know something about etiquette. Even though Debrett’s is the source of all knowledge on this front, I find them to be a little stuffy. Yes, I know how to address an MP on an envelope these days but it’s not knowledge that helps me in the real world. Amy Alkon’s book appears to address modern etiquette issues. I’m aware that wanting to read something like this puts me in a slight niche, but I’m going with it.
Two: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
I never used to be into thriller books. Then I, like everyone else, read The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl. Then I read The Widow. Suddenly, I was hooked. Now I can devour a thriller book within a day and I’m always on the look out for more. This book has been on my wish list for ages. It has good reviews with phrases like “dizzying”, “full of twists and turns” and “page-turner”. Let’s face it, that’s pretty much all you want from a holiday book.
Three: The Women Who Shaped Politics by Sophy Ridge
This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages. It’s been on my political book wish list since it came out. It’s a naughty addition as I’m off on holiday with a friend from work and we made a pact to not speak about politics for the entire trip. Will this count? I’m only able to do the job I do now because of women who paved the way before me. I imagine there are many women I’m not aware of. This book looks like a good way to learn about them.
Four: Victoria & Abdul by Shrabani Basu
I won’t lie, I think a lot of me wanting to read this comes from seeing the trailer for the film the other day when I was at the cinema to see Dunkirk. I’m aware that although Abdul was a real guy that Queen Victoria did promote within her household and did cause some serious drama that this book might be a slight dramatisation but it’s still something in history that I had pretty much no idea about and it’d be nice to learn a little more through that dramatisation.