28 May 2010

Holiday reading suggestions

I'm going on holidays soon, and there will be a lot of flights involved.

So I need books (budget airlines being low on entertainment)

What would you consider good holiday reading - or what would you like to see reviewed (I can write gut reactions - excellent multi-tasker, I am).


  1. Oooh, take a Nancy Drew or two! I'd love to hear some of your thoughts on those books.

    I haven't been reading much in the way of books lately (too obsessed with blogs), but I'm quite enjoying George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series and Celine Kiernan's Moorehawke Trilogy. They might be worth a read, if you haven't already read them of course.

  2. The Demon's Lexicon, if you haven't read it yet. The sequel has just come out, so I'm slightly obsessed.

    If you want oldskool kids' books I will mention E. Nesbitt again. Better than EB, but less shiny, as her children are flawed and get themselves into disastrous yet hilarious situations all the time. No moral high ground here.

    How about some really good Regency/Victorian romance? Some of them still have the seriously trashy covers, I'm afraid.

    I recommend:
    Meredith Duran - Bound by Your Touch
    Lisa Kleypas - Secrets of a Summer Night
    - It happened one Autumn
    - Devil in Winter
    - Dreaming of You
    (Everything LK writes is pretty good, though)

    Loretta Chase - you can't really go wrong here. Everything she writes is excellent. Her books are a bit like Heyer's, only with sex.

    If you like mystery at all, I got seriously hooked on a series by Julia Spencer-Fleming that starts with In the Bleak Midwinter. You might remember me babbling about the awesome ex army pilot/Episcopalian priest heroine.

    I could go on for a long time, but should not. What genres are you after?

    I must give you back your books, btw, which I have read and enjoyed!

  3. I second Lol's recommendation of The Demon's Lexicon. It's really, really, excellent. I'm waiting rather desperately for my copy of the sequel to arrive in the bookshop.

    Also, Romanitas by Sophia McDougall. I live in hope that I'll have more than three people (including the author, who is my LJ and Twitter friend and discusses it with me) with whom to talk about this book.

    Then again, you studied Classics, I think, so you might not like reading about a modernised Roman Empire...