For me, travelling and reading a book go hand in hand. Part of my travel plans always include choosing which book (or two or three!) I want to take with me to read whilst relaxing by the villa pool.
These days, I don’t seem to get as much time to read as I used to, so travelling to a holiday destination and taking time to wind down from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is a perfect excuse to get lost in a book.
I remember going on holiday many years ago, my suitcase was weighed down with about 10 novels, all waiting to be read; this was before the days of Kindles, and the ability to carry hundreds of books with you in one handy gadget! Somehow, sitting in the sunshine makes reading a lot easier, so getting through several books over a couple of weeks is a pretty easy thing to do.
I’m one of those girls who likes to read the same books over and over – the mark of a good book, for me at least, is its re-readability. So I thought I would share 3 of my all- time favourite books with you. I’ve read them all several times over the years, but I can always pick them up and enjoy them, just as much as the very first time I read them!
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – This is a book of epic proportions, and really cannot be put down from the moment you start reading. It tells the story of a little Japanese girl from a poor fishing village; sold by her parents into servanthood, and eventually becoming a geisha. Set in Japan in the 1930s, the book spans two decades, and you go on a complete journey from her time as a slave girl, to her training to be a geisha, through World War II and beyond. The book is beautifully written, with great storytelling and descriptive imagery. Whilst it can be a harrowing read at times – tears will flow and you will feel angry but you will also smile, and get lost in the very secretive world of the geisha.
Polo by Jilly Cooper – I have read most of Jilly Cooper’s books, but the one that I return to read time and time again is Polo. Yes, it falls under the category of trashy novel, but this genre is made for reading on holiday! Even if you haven’t got a clue about the game of polo (and believe me, I don’t) you’ll be cheering the matches on as you read about them. You’ll get annoyed with certain characters and you’ll fall for others… full of laughs, romance and passion!
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling – Of all of the Harry Potter books, of which there are 7, book number 3 is far and above my favourite. The images in my head of the Knight Bus – a triple decker bus – that takes Harry to Diagon Alley, of frightening Dementors, of Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, of Sirius Black and of Patronus Charms, were all very different in my head when I read this book for the first time, back in 1999 – before the film came out! This book is full of action and adventure, of dark scary moments and of hope.
Just writing briefly about these three books reminds me that it’s been a long time since I sat down and relaxed with a novel in my hands. A perfect excuse to book a villa holiday maybe?!