I am off on holiday next week. Here's what I am taking along to read.
I have never read a proper history of the First World War outside of school textbooks and I think now would be an appropriate time to do so, hence the Max Hastings. The house we are staying in overlooks the actual shipping forecast station of Wight, we can see it from the garden, so there is a book about that (I like a bit of location-relevant reading which also explains the old blue hardback towards the bottom right which is the Isle of Wight Bedside Anthology, a gift from my best friend, Kat.) I love William Horwood's Duncton Wood books but have only ever read five of the six and that was years ago so I have decided to start again from the beginning. The same is true of Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb, it is the first in the Farseer Trilogy but I read it so long ago I have forgotten most of it so will revisit that one before tackling the rest upon my return. Saw the movie of Under the Skin last week and thought it was remarkable so will polish off the book while it is still fresh in my memory. Compare and contrast and all that. Akenfield by Ronald Blythe is the orange Penguin with a bit of glare at the top. Chinaman is a novel about a cricketer. The last Jonas Jonasson was my favourite book of 2012 and although I haven't heard quite as good things about this follow-up I still want to read it. The English Dane is a random bit of non-fiction I've had lying around for ages. I will be taking my Jacques Tati DVD box set with me so the biography will accompany those movies nicely. Oh, and there is The Shorter Pepys, which isn't very short at all. I don't expect to finish it but would like to make a proper start. Same with Ulysses, which I might as well attempt while stuck on an island. What's left? One on One by Craig Brown has chapters of a certain length so will be kept in a certain room, if you know what I mean.
I have a fortnight to get through them and will be offline for all that time so I should be able to make a good dent. A full report when I return.