I am off to CANADAMERICA tomorrow! I can’t believe it’s come around already. Yesterday I picked up my currency, and stared at piles of dollars, then touched them gently, in a slightly creepy and overly respectful way.
(I’ve never been to either place before and feel a bit like I’m about to jump through the pavement into a world of films and books.
Naturally, I have done all the important things, except, oh, packing. My friend Sam, who lives in Australia, surprised us all with a visit to London this week, so tonight is now looking like it will involve karaoke, meaning I will pack roughly four hours before my cab comes to take me to the airport. What could go wrong!
By “doing all the important things”, I mean that I have bought my holiday reading.
The Humans by Matt Haig – I follow this gentleman on Twitter and he is very, very funny and also quite sensible. He is also one of the few people I know to retweet praise about his work without my wanting to hit him in the face. I include myself in that judgment.
The Universe VS Alex Woods by Gavin Extence – Blonde is doing this for #londonbookclub and raved about this. Three of my best reads last year were YA, and I can’t wait to add this one to the list.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Well, OBVIOUSLY.
Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos – One of my tutors at Arvon recommended this as background reading because my book has two children in it, and I have access to zero children to study. If you know an eight-year-old boy and an 11 year-old-girl who I could come and peer at, or a way I could make this sentence sound less like an invitation to Operation Yewtree, get in touch.
Snuff by Terry Pratchett – I have fallen way behind in my Pratchett reading, while waving the addiction flag by listening to a Tiffany Aching audiobook pretty much every other night to help me fall asleep. I haven’t read a bad one yet.
This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald – Another Arvon recommendation, and one I can’t wait to get stuck into. I read The Great Gatsby again after seeing the film and was blown away by how beautiful and alive his writing is.
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple – Arvon rec 3. I’ve already fallen in love with this and am champing at the bit to put it in my eyes.
I really should probably do some packing.