I may be taking my holiday a bit late this year, but one thing’s for sure. I’m not going anywhere without my stack of beach reads. I’ve been packing my suitcase today, and of course, ended up miserably failing at my Kindle only resolution yet again. Several hours of deliberation and weighing later, here it is, my final, heavy, mixed Summer Holiday Reading List:
Victor Sebestyen, Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire
Quite a hefty tome, and though I’ve been reading it for a while now, I’m barely half way through. The subject matter is something I’ve always been very interested in, and Sebestyen’s book is so well documented, filled with interviews, photos and document transcripts of the time, never mind the tons of found in books nuggets of information, that it’s probably one of the best history books I’ve ever read.
Arturo Perez Reverte, El Capitán Alatriste
When in Spain… read Spanish. I haven’t done this since my last visit to Spain last year. It may have been not-so-Spanish-Isabel-Allende and Young Adult fiction then, but now it’s one of Spain’s most celebrated contemporary authors the history of the Spanish Golden Age I’ll be digging into.
Ken Follett, World Without End
This one I’ll actually be taking with me in Kindle format, as the 1000 pages thick volume would probably not fit my airline’s baggage weight allowance. Having simply adored The Pillars Of The Earth, I have both high expectations and mixed feelings about Ken Follett sequel, as I’ve read my share of not-so-impressed reviews of the tome. 1000 pages later, I’m sure I’ll have something to say myself, one way or the other.