Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Global reading

I've decided what to read whilst on this trip (thank you all for your suggestions), but before I disclose my final list, I'd like to share some pictures of my reading activities whilst in some rather beautiful places.

In Mykanos at the age of six, I read a book on the Island. I scare fishes with the size of my glasses!

At the age of nine, my reading material had evidently matured, as on another Greek Island, I try my hand at Schindler's List. I appear to be using Dilly the Dinosaur as a pillow.

A year later, I am in Egypt, where I take A Little Princess, because obviously the view isn't up to much.

Here I am in 98 (roughly) in the Uffizi, clutching a copy of 'Anne of the Island'. I distinctly remember sitting in front of Venus rising from the sea reading this. I was such a heathen!

And bringing the catalogue roughly up to date, here I am in Italy in 2005, proving that no matter what age I am, I will always find a place to read!

And the books that made the final cut are: (I feel like I'm announcing a very mixed Orange award!)

'Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont'
'Hons and Rebels'
'A Fool's Alphabet'
'The Turn of the Screw'
'The Parasites'
'My Mother's Wedding Dress'

Of course, if 'Letters from Menabilly' turns up in the post tomorrow morning, I will bump 'The Parasites'.

I need to stop making inappropriate metaphors about packing. Saying I have enough to sink a ship does not bode well for anybody!

5 comments:

Juliet said...

An excellent choice of books. Bon Voyage and happy reading!

StuckInABook said...

What a wonderful series of reading photos! My parents never seem to have thought it worthwhile to document my holiday-reading obsessions. Glad to see it is shared!

Danielle said...

Only nine when you read Schindler's List? What did you make of it at such a young age? The Taylor book is excellent and the rest look good, too!

Juliet said...

Hi Becca - just in case this triggers an email which you pick up while you're away ... you won the Penguin Pencil Draw! Email me at juliet[at]doyleandco.net and I'll post them off to you. Hope you're having a lovely time.

oxford-reader said...

Simon -- I have more pictures of me reading on the QM2 - so I can carry on the tradition!
Danielle -- I have a confession. I don't think I finished it! However, I was reading Jane Austen at the age of 11, so I think that makes up for it!