Monday, 9 November 2015

What I’m Reading Whilst I’m Away

One of the things I’m always most excited about when going on any kind of trip, is guaranteed reading time, whether that’s on the plane, by a pool or during the evening when there are no other possible distractions.

I love reading but I definitely don’t spend as much time reading on a daily basis as I’d like too. There’s always something else going on, someone to distract me or another task I should really be completing.

As I’m away for almost eight weeks, I’ve downloaded a lot of books onto my Kindle, but I thought I’d share five of them with you, to give an idea of the kinds of things I’m looking forward to reading.

And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

This has been on my to-read list for so long, and I don’t know how it hasn’t happened yet. The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns are two of my favourite books, so I can’t wait to get stuck into this one. I am also a little nervous though, that it can’t possibly live up to my expectations. I’ll be sure to report back once I’ve finished!

1984 – George Orwell

I mentioned this back in June’s Now Playing/ Wishlist, and the time has finally come for me to get on and read it. I mean, it’s pretty terrible that I’m an English Literature graduate and haven’t ever picked this one up…

Game of Thrones  - George R. R. Martin

I’m good at ‘look how behind the times I am’ revelations on this blog, so I’ll just come out and say it: I have never watched a single episode of Game of Thrones. *Pauses for gasps* But I’m going to stick with my life mantra and try and read the books before watching the programme. I realise that this might take me years, but I’m willing to accept the challenge. Let’s see how long I last.

Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig

Ever since seeing this book mentioned on Kayleigh’s blog (Very Berry Cosmo), I’ve been desperate to give it a read. I don’t stray from fiction very often, but when I do I like to find things which are meaningful and will make me think about it long after reading. You should also all go and read Kayleigh’s post about this book (which I have linked to above) if you haven’t already, because she is amazing.

Red Earth and Pouring Rain – Vikram Chandra

I’ve got my gal Shiromi to thank for this recommendation, and having studied literature alongside her whilst at uni, I have every confidence that this will be one of the best reads of the trip. She also suggested The White Tiger and Americanah, which I’ve downloaded too.

I’m going to write, or at least plan, reviews for most of the books I read whilst I’m travelling, so I’m sure many of these books will be making an appearance again real soon.

What kind of books do you like to read? Do you have any favourites you’ve read whilst away from home?


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