Saturday, 20 September 2014

Holiday Reading List- Florence Edition

After taking a bit of a self prescribed blog break- I'm back and I've got some book recommendations- both to read and to avoid like the plague (no prizes for guessing which of the novels below I'm talking about there...)

I recently came back from a little break in Florence (post coming soon), and got stuck into a few novels whilst I was there. Since I had to fly to Pisa, and then get the coach to Florence, I had plenty of time to read, which is a blessing, and has made me realise that I need to spend less time watching RuPaul's Drag Race videos on youtube and more time reading. 

(In case you were wondering, my favourite Ru song is Glamazon and my favourite Queen is Miss Alyssa Edwards...but that's for another blog post.)

Anyway...

Holiday 2014 Reading Recommendations
4 books in 5 days. Pretty good going
I've stacked the books in order of my own personal enjoyment in the photo. So, let's start with the best:

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

The Night Watch is one of my favourite types of novel: female driven, set in the 1940s and desperately beautiful. It's set in London during World War II and is upsetting, but conversely uplifting in a strange way. Waters is a fantastically evocative writer and is fantastic at capturing moments. She makes me want to be a better writer. Stunning. 10/10 would recommend to anyone.

(I just googled it and I had no idea that there was a Night Watch BBC series- with Anna Maxwell Martin as Kay! I am going to have to get my mitts on that.)

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

This book was a random grab and go at the airport that actually turned out to be rather good. I really enjoyed Dangerous Boys. It was a quick read- I think I finished it in about 3 hours, and that was 3 hours well spent. It had a slight air of fan fiction to it, but that's by no means an insult. Dangerous Boys is about a bored girl in middle America who meets a set of brothers who completely change her life. You can be the judge of whether it was for the better or not.

A little disturbing, but thought provoking. I would recommend this as a solid beach read, or for teenagers.

The Martian- Andy Weir


Another one I bought at Gatwick- the Martian is about an astronaut who is stranded on Mars by accident, and the various attempts to get him home safely. Being a fan of the stranded genre, especially Castaway (Wiiiiiiiiiiilsooooooon) I decided to give it a go. It wasn't my usual sort of thing, but it was enjoyable. Weir managed to keep it interesting, and guessing as to whether he would make it, which is quite a feat!

No spoilers, but I found the ending a little anti-climatic, and therefore a little disappointing, but that probably says more about me than the book...

Inferno by Dan Brown


Is it acceptable to just put the poo emoji here? I didn't think it was possible for a book to be worse than the Da Vinci Code, but Inferno makes the Da Vinci Code look like Murakami.

I bought it because I was in Florence and thought (mistakenly) that since Inferno was set in Florence it would be interesting. Nope. Instead, Dan Brown recycles all his old tricks (anagrams, conjecture as fact, the ever-irritating Robert Langdon's stupid Mickey Mouse watch), but without the, dare I say it, charm of the Da Vinci Code. 

Avoid like the plague. 

So, there we have it. Have you read any of these books? What did you think?