Essentially, I wanted a title that was related in some way to the fact that this is about the summer holidays, book recommendations, and would also allow for alliteration. Who doesn’t love alliteration? But this is all I could come up with. Weak, I know. But give me a break. It’s the last issue. I’m emotionally distraught and can’t think straight. Don’t look at me. No. Wait. Come back! Adriiannnnnnn.
Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) by Oscar Wilde
Because the Victorians could be gas too.
Foggage (1983) by Patrick McGinley
Sorry for being so Waterford about this but this is honestly wicked funny. However, mind you don’t spit out your cocktail when you reach page seven. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Oh My God What A Complete Aisling (2017) by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
It’s pretty cheesy but if you can’t get away with it on holiday when can you? Also, to be fair, it does provoke a lot of COLs (chuckling out louds – yes, I’m gonna try make COLs a thing. It will be my new passion project)
The Couple Next Door (2016) by Shari Lapena
Because why not add more tension to your holiday than just trying to beat your fellow foreigners to the sunbeds while cursing said foreigners and forgetting that you are also, in fact, a foreigner.
Murders of the Black Museum 1875-1975: The Dark Secrets Behind a Hundred Years of the Most Notorious Crimes in England (2009) by Gordon Honeycombe
Why pay all that money on a holiday if you’re just going to sleep? Why not bring this gem and ensure that isn’t a possibility? Thank me later, alligator.
If you’re going to be one of those people then you may as well go all out and do it on your holidays when it’s acceptable. “Oh no… no I see why you would think that…because I’m holding a Nicholas Sparks book? No you see I actually just … it was on offer. I’m actually a real intellectual back home”.
Outlander series (1991-2014) by Diana Gabaldon.
But bring books 1-4 (at least). They’re massive but honestly after reading the first page of book 2 you’ll be so so so pissed off and confused and you’ll want to skip through to make sure all is ok before you can calmly read book 2 properly.
P.S. I Love You (2004) by Celia Ahern
I know. I know. I am letting the side down and ruining my entire year’s reputation (although to be fair – not much damage to be done in that respect) but this is actually a very funny book. Lots of Irish humour, if a wee try-hard on occasion. (Don’t mind that film version – Americanising Irish humour failed miserably for that one)
The White Queen (2009) by Philippa Gregory
I never did manage to get over King Edward IV. Holla if you feel me.