Competition: Your chance to win Amazon vouchers
As summer approaches (at least I hope it’s approaching, it’s definitely on the chilly side at the moment), we’re all thinking about our much-longed-for summer holidays. Wherever I go, one of the greatest holiday joys for me is that that time for totally uninterrupted reading. How I love picking up a book and putting it down (or not) when I want to – or even when it’s finished if it’s that good.
Ever since I learned to read as a small child, a magical world opened up to me. I spent most of my childhood with my nose in a book. Not so great for my social skills, but hey, I was happy. As such a voracious reader, going on holiday could be something of a challenge. A suitcase full of books can be on the heavy side. Of course that’s no longer a problem with my trusty Kindle which goes everywhere with me and is always packed with potentially exciting reads.
Almost as much as I enjoy the holiday reading, I enjoy making my choices. There’s so much on offer and I obviously have my favourite genres. So to get out of that zone of always reading the same type of book, I try to pick at least one that is set in or near the area I am visiting. Sometimes it’s an almost otherworldly experience, like when I read Room with a View in Florence – it felt a bit like I was living a double life in different centuries.
I generally choose novels rather than factual tomes on the area, though of course this is also a good idea – an easy chance to learn – it all seems so much easier to absorb those facts when you’re sitting in the middle of them.
For great tips on picking your perfect holiday book, click on holidaygems.co.uk
And here’s a taster from my past and present reading lists to inspire you. Can you guess where I’m going on holiday this year?
Plus your chance to win £25 to spend on amazon.co.uk – time to stock up on those summer reads.
If you’re still undecided on where you want to spend some time this summer, have a look at www.holidaygems.co.uk
Some past favourites
Room with a View by E M Forster made Florence seem even more magical.
A Long Finish by Michael Dibdin added a touch of adventure (and horror) to my trip to Tuscany
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon made Barcelona seem much more intriguing.
Some ideas for this year
Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler
The Boy in the Blue Pyjamas by John Boyne and Oliver Jeffers
The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene
£25 of Amazon vouchers to spend on anything you like on amazon.co.uk
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Which city is Bridget Jones’ Diary mainly set in?
C Hong Kong
Terms and conditions
Competition only for residents of the UK.
Closing date for entry will be Sunday 21 May 2017 at midnight.
The winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.
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No cash alternatives to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable.
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Find holiday inspiration by visiting www.holidaygems.co.uk