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Summer is the best season of the year. December might be the best month with birthdays, Christmas and (of course) lots of new books but summer is the season that keeps giving. Three months of better weather or in case of this year GREAT weather in England, BBQ's, tennis, the World Cup (I could go on) and of course summer holidays. Everyone seems happier. It's also great to see so many people get the chance and the motivation to pick up a book whilst working on their tan or in my case ensuring I'm not getting burnt! We went to Kemer in Turkey and this was my view while reading before breakfast. Just gorgeous.
I finally read "I am Pilgrim" which at 896 pages is almost 3 books in one. It took me 4-5 days and properly scared me so much at times I had a nightmare about it, a proper thriller. It was a great page turner and so good to be able to read it in a short space of time. A book, especially a long one is always more memorable when read over a few days, it feels like a film which funnily enough it will be in 2019. Another great reason why summer is best. When else can you do this? Here are the other books I was reading while I was away
HOLIDAY READING SURVEY
a I also thought it would be fun piece for the website to try and note down what everyone else was reading at our hotel, the Barut Kemer which was fantastic by the way. What I found was that being nosy/gathering information (depending on your opinion) was not that easy to do if I didn't want to draw attention to myself and disturb people so often i'd have a very limited time to suss out what the book was while walking past and then remember it by the time I'd get to my notebook or phone which is far easier when you recognise something about the book or author . It was quite a fun game to be honest. But I also found times during the holiday where seeing people reading a book I liked (The Big Short and A Short History of Germany) lead to some great conversations which was fantastic. Books can be social!
Onto the results of my very unscientific survey and I found were most reading the classic holiday genres Thrillers, Autobiographies and Women's literature (that's what google says Marion Keyes genre is). I love the fact that someone was reading Life of Pi.
Of all the books though I saw though only This is Going To Hurt and Munich will make it onto my to read list and they were on my horizon anyway to be honest and I never expected anyone to be reading Keane as its not good and well out of date.
In fact I am so impressed and the link between Podcasts and Books appears like it might be strong enough to add this as a section to this website. Time will tell.
The summer is nearly over and I have lots of great books on the shelf already for the rest of the year. Here is a selection of what's in store:
Most Looking Forward To (Fiction) - Golden Sun - Pierce Brown - Can the second book entertain me as much as the first, Red Rising. I really hope so.
Most Looking Forward To (Non Fiction) - Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race - Reni Edo-Lodge - I like challenging reads about important subjects and this could be the non fiction equivalent of "The Sellout"
Most Potential to Inspire - No Barriers - Erik Weihenmayer - A blind man who climbed Everest! I read his first book not long after recovering from my first set of eye surgeries and was blown away by his can do attitude.
Reading Outside of my Comfort Zone - The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller - I am not into poetry at all but this intrigues me and the fact that it is a Bloomsbury Modern Classic means it is worth a shot
New Releases on My Wanted List - There are two books due out later this year which I am really excited about. Tombland - C.J. Sansom which is the 7th Shardlake book and the only series i've ever read more than 3 of. The other is The Fifth Risk which means I can have my annual Michael Lewis fix next year.
I am 43 and lucky to have a fantastic wife and 3 kids who give my life purpose and make it fun too. To pay the bills I am a Software Consultant and have been for the past (mostly enjoyable) 18 years.