A Summer Holiday Reading List… #idealoreads

When Idealo asked me to a Summer Holiday Reading List, I jumped at the opportunity. Would I like a budget of £25 to create a pile of books to read?

Are you MAD??


Well… sort of.

Actually, by crikey it was hard.

Narrowing it down, I mean.

OBVIOUSLY it’s not hard choosing books.

But making a perfect reading list for a holiday – and one you know is going to Go Public too – is harder than it first seemed.

It was  a tough job. But someone had to do it. Thankfully, being able to choose kindle versions the money stretched even further – there are some amazing bargains to be had if you look. So here’s mine…

  • Empress of Rome by Kate Quinn – £4.99 – I read ‘Mistress of Rome’ a couple of years ago, and fell in love. This is the sequel, and it promises to be just as enthralling as the first. I’m already a few chapters in, and loving it. Set amid gladiatorial, slave-driven ancient Rome it’s utterly absorbing and real – you’ll feel weird looking up and not feeling the sun baking your head or hear the water trickling in the cool marble atrium nearby…
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – £3.47 – yes, I finally succumbed to the inevitable. Actually, I was tricked into it; I was walking the dog, the Archers omnibus (sssh!) finished, and my ipod clicked over to the first Hunger Games audio book No.1 son had ordered from his Audible allowance. I was hooked, and can’t wait to read part II on my own, without the interference of the rather irritating American voice on the audio book version.
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach – £3.67 – Usually I like to read the book before I see the film. But I’d never heard of the book, was utterly totally enchanted by the film, and consequently have very high hopes of this being a perfect read.
  • Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer – £5.49 – Another series I have my son to thank for. Again, I’ve listened to the earlier books on audio (thankfully they have the perfect narrator), and this is the next I need (he’s way ahead, and was counting the days to the release last week of the very last one in the series. Sob). If you’ve not read them, I suggest you do so – one of those brilliant children’s books that crosses the boundaries and makes fabulous adult reading too. The 9yr old has just started reading the first, and the husband is seriously loving bedtime reading at the moment!
  • Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – £2.99 – No I’ve never read it, yes I know I should have, yes this summer I plan to rectify that.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – £3.46 – my ultimate summer comfort read. It’s never a bad time to re-acquaint myself with this old friend, and whilst I’d never travel with my prized (battered & ancient) 1960’s paperback, it’s about time I had it on my kindle, so why not splash out on the 50th Anniversary edition?
  • An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington & Ricky Gervais – 20p! – A travelogue that makes me laugh. At this price how could I not?
  • 50 Economics Ideas You Really Need to Know by Edmund Conway – 20p! – I love the idea of this, and can’t wait to dip into it. I’ll admit it, I often feel out of my depth when talking about Economics, and I hate not being able to explain things to my children because I don’t truly understand them myself. This book is going to edjermecate me this summer – apparently in a simple and graspable way. And that’s a pretty cheap way to gain a some teaching in Economic Principles, I think.

So – that’s mine – what do you think? What’s going in your suitcase this year?

The Idealo Holiday Reads Challenge – make sure you use the Idealo Price Comparison site

Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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