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Question: How many books is it legitimate to take on a week's worth of holidays? (That sounds weird, we're just going away for a week to a few different places).  Actually, by the time you read this I'll already be back from holiday and the decision will have been made (and hopefully some of these will go onto the 'read' shelf!).  Whilst I write this however I am currently dithering over it  - I should probably just throw them all in the suitcase to be safe right? This is my current 'to-read pile', though if I counted all of the books on bookshelves I haven't yet read but have somehow got absorbed into my collection it would be much bigger.  These are just the new additions to my collection over the last couple of months that are being kept in my bedroom ready for when I finish a book. Isn't that an amazing feeling, when you close the final page of a book, have that feeling of complete satisfaction, and then can read for another and get stuck right in?

The bottom two admittedly I ordered through work; the bottom, The Chimp Paradox, is a book that has been talked about a lot at work and so we got a few for our Learning Resource Centre.  The one above, Effective Leadership is related to the course I'll be on as you read this (scheduling posts gets really confusing!)  I picked up Dark Places in a charity shop after really enjoying Gone Girl, I am hoping it will be as equally thrilling (I love a good page-turner for holiday reading!) Love and Summer and Thinking Fast and Slow were actually both on my Christmas list last year upon receiving recommendations from friends for both of them, I must read the second as it keeps popping up everywhere, especially in things I'm reading up on at work - it sounds so interesting.  The Pleasures of Summer is another one sent to me by Penguin Ireland, it is not the sort of thing I would normally read but the reviews and blurb sound very intriguing! Five Quarters of the Orange and the book at the top of the pile, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, are both books I am reading as part of Alex's Blogging Good Read series - I'll be reading them both this month and reviewing them for Alex's blog post about them all (and my choice too!) Bring Up The Bodies was recommended to me by my Dad and I picked it up in Asda for a few quid, though I think I might need to read Wolf Hall first so I can understand the people and the history? That's another one that's tucked on a bookshelf somewhere! Me Before You was lent to me by a friend when she read it with her book club - I was a bit put off by the cover but she assures me that it's brilliant.  The final book, Be Awesome,  was one on my wishlist that Tom bought me for my birthday, again after lots of recommendations.  That's definitely getting taken with me, it looks brilliant!

Phew, that's a lot of books! What's on your to-read pile, or do you have any recommendations for things that should be added to mine?

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22 comments

  1. Hope that you chose some good ones - I always take far too many books on holiday! I've actually never read any of these but I'm interested to read more by Gillian Flynn after Gone Girl :) xx
    www.LaurasHaven.com

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  2. I've had my eye on Be Awesome for ages - might have to take the plunge on that one. Wolf Hall, on the other hand, was definitely not for me - I just could not get through it at all.

    I've just finished the new Bridget Jones - highly recommended (which surprised me, I was expecting to be quite critical but I think my nostalgia carried me through the worst of it) - and now I'm getting stuck in to Alan Hollinghurst's The Swimming Pool Library after I accidentally left Catcher in the Rye, which I was supposed to be reading, in the hairdressers.

    I constantly have a pile of 'to-read' books on my bookshelf - I'm so terrible for shooting straight to Amazon when I remember something else. I'm trying to limit myself and read everything before I purchase any more but it's very tough! No doubt Christmas will bring me plenty more to add to my collection as well!

    xxx

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  3. So many for me to put on my list Rosie! I'm always looking for some new ones.
    Sophie
    x

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  4. Hope you like the BGR books! I read Five Quarters on Sunday but my lips are sealed until it's time to reveal the review.

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  5. I've never actually heard of any of these apart from Bring Up The Bodies. I must check them all out. I'm currently waiting for the last book in a series to come in the post. I pre ordered it so it definitely should be coming today.
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

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  6. They look like good picks. I've got out of the habit of reading and I hate myself for it as there's so many books on my 'to-read' list!

    franleanne.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. What a satisfyingly large pile of books! It's so comforting to know that one will never run out of things to read.

    If you haven't read it, I totally recommend Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. I was up until 4am one night finishing it, I couldn't put it down! Very touching and interestingly written (mostly in the form of letters and emails).

    Enjoy your books Rosie!

    x

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  8. So many lovely books - I am longing for some time to sit down and get some reading done.

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  9. Ooh, can't wait to hear your thoughts on some of these Rosie! I'm currently reading Eleanor & Park - hadn't picked up a book in forever but I'm a huge advocate of getting those paperbacks out when the outdoors is miserable and X Factor is even worse ;) x

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  10. Me Before You is one of those books I remembered for a long time after finishing the last page... So emotional. Definitely recommended, going to review it soon myself.

    I really liked Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, beautiful writing considering the subject matter... Another on the 'to review' list.

    Zoe xoxo

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  11. Jojo Moyes has been on my list to read for a long time now, I really need to get around to it.
    I've read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, it was ok and I can see why it was so hyped, I haven't yet read Dark Places.
    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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  12. I have a massive never ending to read pile. You definitely need to read Me Before You, such a lovely read x

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  13. I only ever read when I'm on holiday! I can't combine reading for fun with reading for uni, unfortunately. This is great for books recommendations, I'm already making a little list for Christmas break, thanks! x

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  14. I'm reading Dark Places as I write! I haven't read Gone Girl, but all the hype around it encouraged me to pick up Dark Places. I can't really say that I'm enjoying it, but that could just be because I'm a scaredy cat - hopefully you'll find it better!

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  15. You should really read Wolf Hall first. It's fantastic anyway, so it won't be a hardship :)

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  16. Hope you've had a fantabulous holiday and enjoyed your books :) I love hearing about what other people are reading. I've got a Joanne Harris novel on my "to read" list too - "Gentlemen and Players".

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  17. Definitely read Me Before You and Dark Places, both so good! Also, The Husbands Secret is a good read should you need to update the reading list!

    Holly x
    hollwpocket.blogspot.com

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  18. Hello, Just found your blog, its lovely! I'm just getting into Running with scissors by Augusten Burroughs, I'm a bit late to the party on this one but Its a really good read so far.
    x

    pukeandwiddle.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I've also just found your blog and am enjoying it. This is a lovely pile of books! Bring up the Bodies is amazing and I preferred it to Wolf Hall, but I think you'd enjoy it more if you've read Wolf Hall first so you've got the characters straight (lots of people called Thomas!). I'll be interested to see what you think of Be Awesome as I've heard mixed reviews.

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  20. Me Before You is incredible. I wish I could un-read it and read it again!

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  21. I have not been on your blog enough recently - forgot how much I love it. It's totally legitimate to take up to 7 books on a weeks holiday. More, even. Five Quarters of the Orange is on my list too, and the rest of the novels are now going on there. Have you ever read Cloud Atlas? I'm loving it at the moment.


    Ellie | mantrapixie | x

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  22. I have quite a few Of these on my shelf too waiting to be read, I have read Me Before You though, you will definitely need a pack of tissues. It is wonderful. X

    www.thelibrarian.co.uk

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