Books I'm taking on holiday

12:00 pm

Upon booking my first holiday abroad in six years, of course I immediately tried to pick out books to take with me. The last time I went away to Nice in 2011 I took one book, It's Only a Movie: Alfred Hitchcock, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler, and the idea of only taking one book on this holiday just seems unbelievable. So here's my selection for #summerholiday2k17, an attempt to cross varying genres if one day I'm not fancying a certain read.

Radiance by Catherine M. Valente (the sci-fi pick) - In an alternate 1980s, our protagonist's father is a director of innovative Gothic romances in a time where cinema is still new thanks to the patents of the Edison family. Severin decides to take on cinema herself, travelling the galaxy making documentaries about our solar system. The whole thing is told via letters and other documents regarding her missions. How amazing does that sound? I predict this is going to be a one-sitting read.

Gwendolen by Diana Souhami (the retelling pick) - This is a retelling of George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, told by its heroine, Gwendolen, who loses her family's fortune and must care for her sisters. She's an archer, a rider, and a gambler who stumbles across a wealthy aristocrat who may be the solution to her problems...until she finds out his big secret.

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell (the non-fiction pick) - Now, I can't help but be massively intrigued by this book, even if I didn't like The Great Gatsby. How does a double homicide relate to the writing of Fitzgerald's greatest novel? This book serves as a sort of dual-narrative. One string follows the writing of the story, and the other tries to unravel an unsolved crime. I love true crime, so I'm all over this.

Tithe by Holly Black (the fantasy pick) - A teenage girl finds herself trapped in a battle between two faerie kingdoms when she returns to her childhood home. Vague and exciting, I can't wait.

The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull (the historical fiction pick) - The most exciting of them all! This story follows Della Dobbs who dreams of flying in a time where planes, and especially female pilots, are rare. The Great War rears its ugly head and Della risks losing it all by following her dreams. By the time this post goes up, I will have been to Rebecca's book launch and I cannot wait to become immersed in another of her amazing books.

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