Holiday Reading

Today, my family and I are going away on holiday. We’re spending a week in a nice cabin in a beautiful part of Denmark and planning on visiting various zoos and other child friendly sights as well as the beach if the weather stays sunny and warm. I’m also hoping for a book shop or two…

When we go away on this type of holiday, my boyfriend and I like to read in the evenings. We usually bring some board games and some books and never even open the game boxes but just spend every evening reading. And since I love to read, that’s perfectly fine by me. (Even though we need to stop buying board games if we never intend to play any of them…)

Of course, this means that I have to choose which books to bring. And this year, it has been really hard. Last year I spend most of the holiday reading Ken Follet: The Pillars of the Earth and loved it. This year – I’m not sure I want to read a chunkster. I just finished The Count of Monte Cristo and can’t quite handle to dive into another huge book so soon after.

So what I’m opting for this year, is options. I’m bringing several books and hoping that they will cover whatever mood I feel. And I’m bringing my kindle. In part because then I can read whatever I fancy but also because I have the complete Sherlock Holmes on it and I plan on reading that this year. I might also have a couple of other books on it and some 20+ samples – just to be sure that I don’t run out of reading material…

Now let’s see what else I’m bringing:

9780141184272Virginia Woolf: Orlando. I’ve been wanting to read Orlando for years. Ever since the movie came out back in 1992! I can’t remember when I bought the book but I’ve owned it a while. I’m really intrigued by how the protagonist changes sex in the novel and lives for 400 years or so as first a man and then a woman. This book is also on my list of reading goals for the year; a list, I’m falling a bit behind on so I plan on starting with this one.

NightCircus.final_.2Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus. This next choice was between Erin Morgenstern’s novel The Night Circus and Christos Tsiolkas’s book The Slap. I ended up choosing The Night Circus because I have kept postponing reading it because I’m scared that it can’t live up to my expectations. And now I want to force myself to read it because I do think it is a novel that I will enjoy – and Morgenstern is working on a new one and I would like to have this one finished before she does.

waste-landsStephen King: The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3). The fantasy category. Here, I chose between the third installment in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, the fifth in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and the first in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. I decided against A Song of Ice and Fire since I am already reading the other two series. And I decided against A Wheel of Time because, frankly, it’s not all that good and the writing annoys me. I know King can deliver a good and thrilling read!

BRUN_MANDS_BYRDE_FORSIDE_300dpiHassan Preisler: Brun mands byrde (Brown Man’s Burden). A debut novel which has gotten a lot of praise in Denmark. Apparently, it is a modern version of Rudyard Kipling’s poem White Man’s Burden but set on it’s head where the author and others like him have to teach the ordinary white Dane that we live in a multicolored and multicultural world. It seems to be not about the importance of tolerance but of respect – to respect each other enough to also tell each other if something we’ve made sucks.

I don’t plan on posting a lot next week. I hope to write a lot of notes to the books I read so it will be relatively easy to write (hopefully a lot of) reviews when I get back but I don’t plan on  actually finishing anything – except a lot of books!

22 thoughts on “Holiday Reading

  1. I was at a really interesting lecture last month about the way in which the relationship between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf fed into the writing of ‘Orlando’. I will be interested to see what you make of it. It’s certainly not typical Woolf.

    • There is a long introduction talking a lot of the relationship between Vita and Virginia saying that Orlando is a love letter to Vita. The notes also shows how Vita and her family and their home are the inspiration for many many parts of Orlando. It’s fascinating and makes me want to read their letters to explore their relationship more.

  2. This is exactly the situation for which an e reader is perfect. No more pressure of choosing what to take and hoping you made the right choice now you’ve carried that weight in your case. Happy holiday.

  3. Enjoy your trip. I’ve had Orlando on my TBR read stack for over 4 years now, I don’t know why I keep putting it off. And of course I’m always in support of a Stephen King novel!

  4. Did you not enjoy Wheel of Time all the way until book five? Or have you hit the wall, like many, and are simply tiring of Jordan at this point? (I’m curious because I’ve read the first two, and loved them, but almost everyone says they start falling off the cliff around book six).

  5. I was late to the party on posting a comment, so you may be back by now but your vacation plans sound absolutely perfect! My husband does not like to read so it’s a rare vacation where I get to see and read all day.

    I love your book choices as well. I end up taking a lot of books but usually only get to read one.

    • You just made it in time. Today is our last day – we’re going home tomorrow. I only have the evenings to read since we’re visiting amusement parks, zoos, the beach and more during the day with the kids. And I haven’t read quite as much as I hoped – I always bring too many books…

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