Favourite beach read

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.)

3 thoughts on “Favourite beach read

  1. I was on my honeymoon in Victoria B.C. Canada when Jaws came out. I remember sitting on the beach looking over the ocean as I read it, very unsettling to say the least.

  2. I’d take Jilly Cooper first, then Bridget Jones (although I’ve read it several times already, and unlike RIDERS it doesn’t bear rereading particularly well); probably Susann and Archer next, both have a certain kitsch value. Not a very satisfactory list, all told!

  3. This is more like a list for someone in the Outer Hebrides.
    Having said that I did read the DVC on a series of revolting Sundays and I saw the film the other night – enjoyed both!
    Holidays are a time to explore new authors or books that are recommended by friends – also quite enjoy an autobiography now and again.

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