I’m going to New Zealand and Australia soon. Excitement for the trip hasn’t really kicked in yet, I’m up to my neck in last minute planning. No doubt reality will hit as soon as I wheel my suitcase out of the house!
Something I have given quite a bit of thought to is my holiday reading list. I have no idea how much or little I will get to read, but I know I’d rather read than watch telly on holiday. I’d also much rather read a book than watch a film on the flight – to me reading passes the time so much more quickly and it can transport you to somewhere other than an aeroplane cabin. Here are a few books I’m intending to while away the long flight and relax on the beaches with.
A book to think about…
The Art of Travel – Alain de Botton
Few activities seem to promise us as much happiness as going travelling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel to, we seldom ask why we go and how we might become more fulfilled by doing so.
With the help of a selection of writers, artists and thinkers – including Flaubert, Edward Hopper, Wordsworth and Van Gogh – Alain de Botton’s bestselling The Art of Travel provides invaluable insights into everything from holiday romance to hotel mini-bars, airports to sight-seeing.
The perfect antidote to those guides that tell us what to do when we get there, The Art of Travel tries to explain why we really went in the first place – and helpfully suggests how we might be happier on our journeys
A book of life’s journeys…
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Dickens wrote of David Copperfield: ‘Of all my books I like this the best’. Millions of readers in almost every language on earth have subsequently come to share the author’s own enthusiasm for this greatly loved classic, possibly because of its autobiographical form.
Following the life of David through many sufferings and great adversity, the reader will also find many light-hearted moments in the company of a host of English fiction’s greatest stars including Mr Micawber, Traddles, Uriah Heep, Creakle, Betsy Trotwood, and the Peggoty family.
A book about life Down Under…
The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
Sometimes when he didn’t know he was being watched Meggie would look at him and try desperately to imprint his face upon her brain’s core… And he would turn to find her watching him, a look in his eyes of haunted grief, a doomed look. She understood the implicit message, or thought she did; he must go, back to the Church and his duties. Never again with the same spirit, perhaps, but more able to serve. For only those who have slipped and fallen know the vicissitudes of the way…
What was on your last holiday reading list? What do you do to keep yourself entertained on long haul flights?