Location Reading: Books on Holiday

I remember a distinctively adolescent moan I once had at my parents, complaining that we never went anywhere exciting for family holidays.  The (very reasonable) response was that this would have been wasted on me anyway as I spend all of every such holiday with my head in a book.  It was a fair point.

Fortunately, I’ve recently found the perfect way to legitimately enjoy my books on holiday.  I call it location reading – picking your literature in order to fit in with where you’ve gone.  Below is my wish list for holiday reading, though, in the interests of honesty, I should confess that I haven’t actually managed all (or even most) of the experiences listed below.  Still, the list is ready and waiting for when I plan my next trip!

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Dublin              Florence          Australia        Canada              Paris

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Prague            Botswana     South Korea        India               DRC

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Bath                   Rye            Cornwall      Lake District     Cambridge

Of course, all of this is really procrastination because, instead of dreaming about future holidays, I’m really supposed to be organising myself so I can leave for New York in a few days.  Fortunately, Nicola at LiteraryRamblings has been helping me with my massive NYC book list!

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20 Responses to Location Reading: Books on Holiday

  1. Desiree B. Silvage says:

    Good selection!
    I read Dubliners a long time ago and enjoy it very much.

  2. Pankaj Goyal says:

    Wow! What a selection. I am feeling jealous.

  3. Dom Nozahic says:

    I would recommend Atwood’s Surfacing if you’ve read and enjoyed Atwood before, but it is an odd, surreal read. Nice piece!

    • Thank you! ‘Surfacing’ really is wonderful, and it is beautifully imbued with a sense of place, though of course I could have said the same about any of Atwood’s books. At some point I’d also like to read ‘The Robber Bride’ in Toronto…

      • Dom Nozahic says:

        Very much so – it’s not her best, but it’s a very interesting and beautifully composed novel. Still meaning to get round to The Robber Bride. I’ve read a fair amount of Atwood but her oeuvre is intimidating in its length!

      • It’s true, her books are getting longer. Personally I’m happy knowing that there are still some books by here waiting for me (which is how I like to interpret the fact that I re-read her old books more than discovering her the new ones)

  4. MarinaSofia says:

    I am a complete sucker for books on location. If you’re at all interested in crime fiction, I’ve got a few suggestions here for typical holiday locations:
    http://www.crimefictionlover.com/2013/07/summercrime-holiday-reads-for-2013/

  5. JacquiWine says:

    Such an interesting selection! I really enjoyed Seth’s A Suitable Boy – his prose is lyrical, almost poetic in style.

    • I found A Suitable Boy such a joy, I didn’t know what to expect (other than a very very long book) and then the writing was so fluid and readable. Never read it in India though…

  6. FictionFan says:

    I’m not a hugely enthusiastic traveller so I’d just stay home, read the books and pretend! Like visiting the places without the airport delays… 😉 Great list, though – making a list is nearly as much fun as having a holiday anyway!

  7. I’m very much an armchair traveller, and that looks like a fabulous itinerary. Though, as a Cornishwoman I have to say that we have more interesting ways to visit that Jamaica Inn:
    http://shinynewbooks.co.uk/bookbuzz02/reading-cornwall/

  8. Lucy says:

    Great list! I have moved around a great many times so also like reading books that remind of places that I once loved and can’t get back to easily. Mapp and Lucia there remind me of a few years of my childhood in Sussex, the Brontes take me back to Yorkshire, etc 🙂

  9. I really love your location reading checklist!!! Food for thought, as always. Safe travels and look forward to hearing all about your reads on location while you are on holiday, etc x

  10. Thank you, and thank you again for the fantastic NY book list and literary holiday tips!

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