Bookglutton has posted about Ottakar’s survey to find Britain’s favourite beach read. (You can win a camera so it could well be worth participating — I don’t suppose they have any way of knowing whether you are British or not when you vote.)
Here is a direct link to the voting form on Ottakar’s website.
Here are the choices:
The Beach by Alex Garland ; Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières ; The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy ; Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer ; The Thorn Birds by Collen McCullough; Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding ; The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown ;Jaws by Peter Benchley ; Riders by Jilly Cooper ;Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
I don’t think I will be voting because, like Bookglutton, I have read some of these books and don’t want to read them again, or I don’t want to read them at all. It is an odd list, in that all these books are old, none recently published. If someone put a gun to my head I would vote for The Thorn Birds as a pacy yet undemanding read, though it is probably more than 30 years since I read it. When I do go on holiday, I simply take a selection (invariably over-ambitious) from the pile of 100 in my cupboard. Although I am reminded of one time when I went to Spain and did not take enough books! Can you imagine that? Someone had left a few books in the place where we stayed, so I read those, then I found a bookshop selling some books in English. And that, dear reader, is how I came to read the Da Vinci Code! (You think that is bad? Jenny had to read some Mary-Kate and Ashleys.)