On holiday reading and suitcase book-squishing

I am lucky enough to be leaving this morning for a little holiday. We’re heading to Western Australia for few days, to see the beaches, rest, relax and explore the other side of this country. I am excited, more than anything, to have some time for some dedicated reading! I do always find it difficult to relax when I’m in a new place though and not rush off exploring every corner and jam-packing our days full of tours, walks and drives to little towns. There’s just so much to see!

Anyway, my husband’s incredulous look when I was squishing books into our suitcase was met with a bit of a hopeful shrug. We can only hope right? Hope that we don’t go over the luggage weight limit at least!

I thought you might be interested in the books I’m taking with me, so here you go:

Pax by Sara Pennypacker: This is a beautiful-looking book for children aged nine and over, with illustrations by Jon Klassen. I picked it up at the Sydney Writers Festival local schools day, where I was lucky to hear Jon talk about his experiences as an illustrator. I read the first chapter and was completely hooked!

Kakadu Sunset by Annie Seaton: I’ve been wanting to read this book since we interviewed Annie Seaton recently. It’s a bit outside my comfort zone, but my mum read and loved it and we have pretty similar reading tastes, so it’s definitely getting squished in there! It should be a nice, light, holiday read.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave: A few years ago I read Gold by Chris Cleave and despite it being about sport (which isn’t entirely my thing), I loved it. The competition between the two female cyclists was a glimpse into a world that was completely foreign to me. I haven’t read too much about this new title, but I have to give it a go after that!

The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon: This book won the Australian Vogel Literary Award for 2016. The blurb indicates a fascinating story as well, about Gorbachev and Russian history which, to be honest, I haven’t read a great deal about. This is going straight to the top of the pile.

Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch: I really enjoyed the first book in this series – you can see my review here – and I have a feeling the second will be the perfect holiday read!

Do you think that is enough? I’m thinking maybe I can just squeeze in one more…maybe the next Elena Ferrante, or one of the others piled up next to my bed that I haven’t quite got to yet. I suppose they have bookshops in WA though; does anyone know any great ones?

Amanda x



4 thoughts on “On holiday reading and suitcase book-squishing”

  1. Hahah Amanda, I know the look you’re talking about (my siblings..)! I have never been Australia, although I’d certainly like to visit it someday, inshAllah (if God wills). Have a fantastic time there!


  2. Put the books in a back pack for minimum damage and no weight to worry about…it may take ages to scan in the thingy machine but it was worth it to make sure they didn’t get damaged.


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