Idealo Holiday Reads Challenge 2012

There are lots of things I can do without but I can't do without a book or two or three. It is as essential to me as water is. I love being told stories. There has been dark times when I couldn't pick up a book, then my universe was made even darker without that little flicker of light provided by someone else's imagination.

The main source quenching my thirst is the local library, sometimes, there is a wait for a particular book so it goes on "the list". On Wednesday, Magic happened, I got the following email    "Firstly, thank you ever so much for agreeing to take part in the  Idealo Holiday Reads Challenge for 2012, we would love for you to choose your holiday reading list as soon as possible." With that I was given the freedom to choose books on Amazon.

So this summer I will be reading "the list" starting with my little vice, the adventures of Giordano Bruno, I am hooked on the peregrinations of S.J. Parris' hero, an heretic, philosopher and spy in Elizabethan times. Sacrilege will be my first read.

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal received an universal critics' accolade on publication. It is a family history, that, of the author, Edmund de Waal who is a renowned ceramic artist. The story starts when Edmund inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese netsuke carvings from his Uncle Ignace......

The previous book got the Costa prize, I find prizes a good source for "the list". If it is good enough for a jury of many it is good enough for me, so the following two are on my list because they are top of their own list, The Songs of Achille by Madeline Miller, the story of Achille and his friend, companion and lover, Prince Patroclus which obtained the 2012 Orange Prize  and

Crooked Letter by the Edgar Award-winning  author, Tom Franklin. A first rate thriller set in Mississippi 30 years ago, this novel won the prestigious Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger in  2011.

Next is something much lighter. I read "Island" by Victoria Hislop, some time ago, Though I found faults with the narrative, I enjoyed the secondary characters. I never realised that the author was Ian Hislop's wife until I read an interview with her where she was plugging her latest The Thread.

The last choice is one which has been on "the list" for a long time, I possibly would have never read it, hadn't had won this challenge it is Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain: From Queen Victoria to VE Day. Heavy, naah, I am going to spend a few blissful evenings curdled up in bed with this.

I will be reading my choices on paper-books but if like me you are considering buying an e-reader Idealo provides a list of options.

This is my holiday summer reads taken care of.

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