My requirements are not too onerous - I want a few books that are entertaining, do not require too much thinking, and not so intense that I have to finish in one sitting. I'm not fussed about topic or genre, although I don't usually go for chick lit.
To give you an idea of my taste, I read The Time Traveller's Wife on our Fiji trip last year and for me it was a perfect holiday read. The Devil Wears Prada was only OK, as was Water for Elephants.
I overheard my boss talking about books on the phone the other day and I asked her for a few suggestions, and this is the list she gave me:
- Early novels featuring Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich
- Olive Kittridge by Elizabeth Strout
- The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Milford
- Empire Falls by Richard Russo
- Years of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
I'm also thinking about a few non-fiction titles.
Mamamia by Mia Freedman
I visit Mia's blog regularly and enjoy her posts, so this is a logical next step.
Lessons in Letting Go by Corinne Grant
When she plugged the book on Good News Week, I thought it was going to be a typical comedian's book - lots of jokes and not much substance. After a bit of research it appears to be a more autobiographical title and the prologue is promising.
Now it's over to you - can you help with my list?