A friend of mine recently asked for some recommendations of holiday reads. I love choosing holiday reads. I generally like to go for a balance of something serious, something light, something I’ve been meaning to read for ages, something quirky, a good history and so on. However, when I started this foolhardy challenge to read all the unread books on my bookshelf in a year, I not only hadn’t considered quite how many there but, more than that, I now realise I hadn’t considered quite how, well, large some of them are.
I’m supposedly reading 4.7 books per week (yes, stop laughing at the back) but some of these are so big that it would take me at least a week to read just one of them, and so, when E asked where I would like to go on holiday this year, my answer was essentially “I don’t care as long as it has a comfy chair, a nice view and plenty to keep you occupied while I read.” Luckily, E is endlessly tolerant (and was in the mood for a chilled out holiday) and so we have found ourselves just such an idyll.
So now, with a few weeks to go before our holiday, I find myself choosing my holiday reads not based on having a diverse mix of books to enjoy, but rather based on which of the TBR books are so fat that the only way I can read them is on holiday. Here are the fattest six, the sumo reads, ones whose editors perhaps should have tried harder (E and I were trying to think of something we could find close at hand that would demonstrate thickness…):
I’m not sure how many of them I can take with me before I exceed the weight limit on our airline, but I suspect only a couple. And I’m can’t decide which ones to take. Have you read any of them? Which would you take? And what will you be reading on your holidays this year (make me jealous!)?