Yes, it's that time of year again. I'm going away for a week and so have the joy and stress of compiling a selection of books to take with me. This year we're actually probably going to be away for less than a week, but I'm taking seven books anyway. A book a day is beyond hopeful with a 5-year-old and a 6-month-old, but I'm taking them anyway. Just in case.
As usual, I have to take a selection of non-fiction, fiction (both adult and young adult), books that I've been looking forward to reading and books I've been saving for holiday. Oh and one book that I don't really want to read, but know I should (guess which one?).
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
Kinsella's books are such a ridiculously easy and enjoyable read and I also *should* read them because I write chick lit and she's so incredibly good and successful at chick lit. This isn't a duty read, though, I'm really looking forward to it.
The Lost Child by Julie Myerson
I've been desperate to read this since the pre-publication furore. I'm also currently reading the collected Guardian columns about Myerson's three children, Living With Teenagers, so this will carry on from there (assuming I can stand it and haven't thrown both books out of the window in fury).
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I write for Young Adults and therefore I really should read this, the best selling series of young adult books in, like, ever (probably). But I don't want to. Partly because I'll likely get totally sucked in like everyone else. Pah.
Hens Reunited by Lucy Diamond
I read and loved Lucy Diamond's last book, Over You, on holiday in Norfolk last year so it seems appropriate that I take her newest this year. This is one I've been saving to savour.
Just Me by Sheila HancockAfter hearing Hancock interviewed on the radio recently, I became desperate to read her first memoir, The Two of Us, about her life with her husband, the actor John Thaw (who died in 2002). I absolutely loved it, so I'm keen to read Just Me and find out how she's getting on without him.
Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? by Louise Rennison
Like the Kinsella book, I really need to read Louise Rennison's books because she is so successful at something I'm trying to do myself. But, like the Kinsella books, they're not duty reads because they're always hilarious.
Girl With Glasses: My Optic History by Marissa Walsh
A memoir of glasses-wearing loaned to me (speccy four-eyes since the age of 6) by my friend Diane. It looks really interesting and the chapters are short, which could be handy for quick reading while baby-wrangling.
So that's my list. What books are you taking on holiday? And why?