Books for a Break Away

Now I am off up north on my own this weekend which involves (as the trains have gotten so ridiculously expensive already in the lead up to Christmas) two almost six hour journeys each way. However the fact I will be seeing my 1 year old twin cousin’s makes the trip very much worth it, though the prospect of looking after them on my own for a day or two is slightly daunting. So being in the fortunate position that I can read on a coach (some people can’t and I feel for them) I am planning on using this as perfect binge reading time and so have had to ponder over what to read for 12 hours.

Now taking books on your travels is always a tough call. You don’t want to be weighed down for a start, though that hasn’t quite worked as you will see below shortly. There is also the worry of what sort of book you will be in the mood for and with twelve hours free who knows? It also doesn’t help that I will be starting a new book tomorrow and so as a rule I always take a few books and this time I decided to take five with me. After much mulling and wandering through my bookshelves (so not planned reading its all been random) I decided on the following…

Travel Reading To Go?

  • 1984 – George Orwell (ok one bit of planned reading as this is for book group on Thursday)
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson (a short book for Halloween evening and have heard some rave reviews)
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery (been tempting me for ages)
  • Small Island – Andrea Levy (one of my tomes have been meaning to read)
  • The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood (something new which I have been meaning to read)

Now if you would like to get your hands on a ‘chilling’ tale for Halloween you can (I have just finished a Halloween related book to discuss tomorrow) get the Shirley Jackson for free (well 90p), as I did, with The Times as its available until the end of today. Just to give you a tip off as its alost a tenner new in the shops.

The Times & Jackson Giveaway

Speaking of newspapers etc, I am taking some bookish magazines with me such as Books Quarterly which Waterstones publish and I love, plus the wonderful Persephone Biannually which I have half read already (lovely to see lots of you in it). I am also taking a catalogue or two as Persephone and Oxford Classics aren’t just book catalogues but glossy wonderful and delightful magazines that give you much more than a blurb.

Bookish Magazines

So all in all the twelve hours should fly by before I know it! How do you choose the books you take away with you on holiday? Do you have a selection or just one and hope for the best? What bookish magazines do you simply have to get every issue of?


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21 responses to “Books for a Break Away

  1. Great selection! You have the same copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four as I have although not the one I will be rereading for next week. I hope you enjoy The Elegance of the Hedgehog and We Have Always Lived in the Castle; I loved both this year. What a great offer in The Times! I hope everyone that can takes advantage of it.

    Have a great weekend.

    • Thanks Claire. I have had a lovely time, am back to London tomorrow, bar the journey up and some quick reads before exhaustion has taken over this weekend has been another weekend book free!

  2. Looks like a great selection of books…have a great trip

  3. Simon – where did you pick up the times with the free book because my newsagent didn’t have it?? Grr – I should have spent lunchtime looking for it!
    Hope the journey isn’t too tedious, but at least you have plenty of reading material 🙂

    • Oh Verity sorry I am so so so so so late in responding, I was unable to get to the net until now! It was in M&S when I went last thursday or Wednesday maybe. Did you hunt one down?

  4. Dot

    Have a lovely trip! I am really looking forward to reading your review of the Shirley Jackson book, it has been on my wish list for ages! I am popping into town this afternoon so I may see if there are any free copies with the times left!

  5. novelinsights

    I didn’t realise WHLITC was spooky. Perhaps I will have to pick it up as a post-halloween read after the very non-spooky Dud Avocado.

    The way I choose books for a holiday is to look at the good old TBR and then select a couple of new, a couple of classics and a couple of thrillers to get a bit of variety. Your selection looks brilliant.

    Enjoy your time away 🙂

    • I am looking forward to your thoughts on the Dud Avacado, I have seen two fabulous covers for that book randomly of late. I think I text you a pic of one.

      Your way of picking and mine arent far off. I need to cover all bases.

  6. chasing bawa

    I just went to look for the free book too and my newsagent didn’t stock it! I think they probably only stock it in big high street stores. I’ve found them before in M&S and WH Smiths.

    Everytime I go away I have to take more than one book. Just in case I finish one. There’s nothing worse that having nothing to read on a journey.

    I’m looking forward to reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog too.

    • Oh when will you be reading it Chasing Bawa? It seems to only be in the big stores you are spot on, but you can guarantee that it will filter into the charity shops soon as these copies tend to do.

  7. There are some very tempting books mentioned in this months Waterstone’s mag so lucky you getting all that time to sit down. I tend to try to be in the middle of reading something when I go away, travelling distracts me if I’m not already into the story.

    • I have to say some of the journey was unreadable time in terms of screaming babies on the journey along with blinking chatting people, I dont mind a chat but at the top of thier voices… not everyone wants to hear it!

  8. Have a wonderful trip, Simon. I’m reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle now, and hope to get to Elegance of the Hedgehog soon. I always take too many books when I travel (must be prepared for any mood!), and then often end up buying more along the way!

  9. caroline

    Have just rushed down to our newsagent to grab my copy of the Times and the free Shirley Jackson book, which is on my wish list. The book on offer where I live is a book of M.R.James stories.Maybe its a regional difference.

  10. Good stack for traveling.

    I am in the middle of the Shirely Jackson right now. Unfortunately the Penguin edition that I have must be special for the US market because they cover art is kind of lame. I would prefer the free one in the Times or the other Penguin cover available in the UK with the black and white photo. When I post my review you will be able to see how dreadful the US edition is.

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