One of my favourite things about going away is the prospect of hours and hours of uninterrupted reading. When you're away from home, there's nothing to distract you – no work, no wifi, no nothing. So, needless to say, I get a lot of reading done when I'm on holiday.
I'm going on holiday in a couple of days time, and I've finally sorted out my holiday TBR [to be read] pile. Before I explain how/why I chose each book, here's the list:
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson [BOUGHT]
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson [BOUGHT]
The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry [BORROWED]
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides [LIBRARY]
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides [BOUGHT]
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton [BOUGHT]
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente [BOUGHT]
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue [LIBRARY]
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith [BOUGHT]
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen [LIBRARY]
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart [BOUGHT]
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler [BOUGHT]
How I Put My Holiday TBR Pile Together:
I. NUMBER OF BOOKS TO BRING
I thought about this a lot and I realised that I read a ridiculous number of books when I'm on holiday. Last year, I brought a book for each day I was away and I managed to STILL run out of books.
So, this helped me realise that I should bring A LOT of books (not complaining!)
II. FAVOURITE GENRES FOR SUMMER
For me, this is easy: fantasy. I love fantasy all year round, but I particularly like fantasy during the summer for some odd reason. This is partly why I added The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages, Deathless and The Queen of the Tearling.
However, I also enjoy a bit of contemporary, so this is partly why I picked The Marriage Plot, We Were Liars and a couple of others.
III. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM BLOGGERS (a.k.a. stalk blogs)
I went onto It Was Lovely Reading You, where I saw a review of The Queen of the Tearling. Not to mention the raving reviews of We Were Liars and The Miniaturist which are EVERYWHERE.
IV. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM FRIENDS (a.k.a. steal all their books)
My friend had just finished The Library of Unrequited Love so I borrowed that from her whilst she borrowed a couple of my books (Fahrenheit 451, Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, The Ocean at the End of the Lane).
V. LIST OF UNFINISHED SERIES
I put together a list of series I hadn't finished so I could figure out which books to buy/borrow from the library. This put The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages and The Silkworm onto my list.
VI. TRIP TO THE LIBRARY
I went to the library to see if I could find any of the books mentioned above, picking up a few extra ones that caught my eye (Middlesex and Frog Music).
VII. BUYING THE REMAINING ONES
I already owned a couple of the books listed above (I'd bought them a while back) but, because there were more books that I couldn't see at my library, I decided to buy these.
The ones I'm most anticipating are, of course, the remaining Mistborn books, We Were Liars (I want to be in on the secret!), Deathless (this is 100% my kind of book) and The Marriage Plot (again, this sounds PERFECT for me).