With September being literacy themed, I set about trying to find a few decent holiday reads and came across three that I actually really rather enjoyed!
Name: Sam Fletcher
University: Trinity College, Oxford
Location/Country: Widworthy, UK
This summer I had the pleasure of going away on my first holiday with university friends. We were lucky enough to visit Menorca for ten days, and every beach holiday demands a stack of literature to get through. I’ll let you in on a little secret though, I haven’t read anything that isn’t a cook book/non-fiction/science/textbook now for many many years, unless the National Geographic counts (which, incidentally, I whole heartedly recommend getting a subscription to – it’s cheap and so worth it).
By contrast, I was going away with four English students and a Classicist, who had probably each read more books in one week than I had over the whole of last year. So I hit the bookshop, and swapped the chemistry texts for something a bit more jolly. I’d forgotten how much I loved the smell of a second hand bookshop, is that a bit weird? I managed to find three books to take with me, and overall got through two and a half of them. These were:
- High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby. I bought this book because I liked the film. And I liked the book even more, it was my favourite of the beach reads. The way Nick Hornby writes is great, and I managed to read it in a couple of days.
- Hamlet, Will Shakes. I won’t lie, I bought this one because I thought it would make me look intelligent as I read it in the airport. I’d also wanted to read this for a long time, and although I found it tough going in places, watching David Tennant’s version before definitely helped.
- The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry. Being such an enormous Fry Fan I couldn’t pass this book by, and although I’m only half way through I can thoroughly recommend it. As funny as ever, this had me chortling away, and got so engrossed I didn’t notice the sunburn creeping up on me.
All in all I managed to spend £6 on these books, and for three great reads I didn’t think that was too bad! And being terrible with literature, if you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them!