My holiday reads

I’m off on a week’s holiday at silly o’clock tomorrow morning to the Greek island of Kefalonia so I thought I’d share with you the books I’ll be taking with me.

Although we do like sight seeing and visiting places, we are planning a more chilled out relaxed holiday rather than being full on so they’ll be plenty of reading time for these:

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. At first he is ostracised by the locals, but as a conscientious but far from fanatical soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves in time to be civilised, humorous – and a consumate musician.

When the local doctor’s daughter’s letters to her fiancé – and members of the underground – go unanswered, the working of the eternal triangle seems inevitable. But can this fragile love survive as a war of bestial savagery gets closer and the lines are drawn between invader and defender?

What better place to read the book than in the place that it’s set? Or is that a bit cliché?

The One by John Marr

One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…

Recommended by trusted book blogger Claire from Art & Soul, this one has been quite a popular read with other bloggers too so looking forward to this one.

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.
Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . .

I absolutely loved Clare’s first novel, I Let You Go, and so have really high expectations for this one.  My daughter and I will have to buddy read so we can discuss it at the same time 🙂

I’ll also be taking my Kindle, just in case, on which I have the new Robert Bryndza and Tom Bale amongst many others. Oh and I have my phone with In Her Wake to finish, The Cows, Into the Water and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine as Audible books so think I’m covered.

Have you planned your holiday reads or read any of mine? How do you decide which ones to take?


  1. 12th July 2017 / 9:16 am

    Have ant amazing time! Enjoy The One – I’ve only heard good things! It’s on my list to read soon 😀

  2. 12th July 2017 / 11:36 am

    Have a wonderful holiday! So jealous! I bet it’ll be beautiful 🙂
    I’d start with Clare’s book too. I thought The One was ok and would be a very good holiday read.
    I’m one of two very rare people I know who didn’t enjoy Captain Corelli at all. Everyone else I know who has read it loves it and it’s one of their all-time favourites. So probably just me being random again!!
    Have a fantastic time. Post lots of pics of blue sea and sky 🙂 x

    • 13th July 2017 / 5:02 am

      Thank you, I’m sure we will!
      I’ve only read the first chapter of Corelli so very early days x

  3. 12th July 2017 / 12:03 pm

    Have a great time!!! Those look like such good reads too!!

    • 1st August 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Such a different plotline for a book! I thought it was great 🙂

  4. 30th July 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday. I loved I See You and Captain Correlli. I haven’t read I Let You Go but I See You was so good I have put it on my tbr. Happy reading

    • 1st August 2017 / 7:58 pm

      Thanks, I had a lovely week!
      You should definitely read I Let You Go – it’s so good!

  5. 9th August 2017 / 7:56 pm

    I’ve read I See You! It’s pretty good so I hope you enjoy! Have a great holiday. X

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