20/12/2014 Nicoletta

Holiday Reads!

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What to read when you’re on holiday

I love to read

I love to read

“Holiday” means a lot of different things to different people. It could mean party time, sleep in time, catch up with friends and family time, R & R time, spring-clean the house time…

For me, setting the above side, holiday also means reading time. I read a lot because it’s part of my work, so it usually takes a fair amount of free time for me to read for the pleasure of it. That said, it’s not unusual for me to have 3-4 books going simultaneously. Some on my Kindle and some as actual books. What I reads depends on my mood and the time of day.

If it’s late and I’m tired, I would probably turn to Melody Beattie’s “Journey to the Heart” for some sage meditations or a light, funny read like Gordon Ramsay’s “Humble Pie”. a thousand splendid sunsIf it’s early morning, it’s quiet and my family is still asleep, I would probably opt for meatier literature like Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns” or Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild”.

I am also very fond of forensic and investigative literature, so I will always have something curious to read, like Anne Rooney’s “The Story of Medicine”. These usually come out when I have a mid-day break or I’m en-route somewhere.

But wait!

There is another reading time category!

My favorite one – Holiday reading. Now this is a completely different set of books. I know I am on holiday when I

The Beach

The Beach

read Alex Garland’s “The Beach”. I’ve read it a million times yet every time I immerse myself into those pages, I’m transported to exotic beaches in Thailand where I can smell the sea salt and taste the coconut water in my iced tea.

Yes! Holiday to me is synonymous to engaging with the characters and plot of an amazing book, or two, or three!

So you ask me what’s on my reading list this year for my holiday, apart from “The Beach”?

“Cutting the Stone” by Abraham Varghese – thanks to my literature-guru friend!,

“Girl Boss” by Sophia Amoruso
“Fried Green Tomatoes at Whistlestop Cafe” by Fannie Flag (which happens to be my favorite film, too)

“The Language of Letting Go” by Melody Beattie and my choice to satisfy my curious self: “Gulp” by Mary Roach! Have you ever wondered if our food ever gets taste-tested before we consume it? Mary Roach is an investigative writer (ex-journalist). Her curiosity has led her to write about things that never crossed our minds, like what happens (really) to cadavers donated to science and exciting quests to prove or disprove the afterlife. I compare it to watching a thrilling documentary!

Am I excited to go on holiday?

What do you think?
Happy holidays!
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Nicoletta Nicoletta is the co-founder of English One. She holds a Dip. TESOL (licentiate) from Trinity College, London. She is a passionate teacher and teacher trainer with well over a decade of EFL experience.