I like postapoc/dystopian, Stephen King (but NOT gory horror), historical, or just generally good books. I'm going away for TWO WEEKS so will need 16 books. No, I don't know how I'm going to get them there.
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn The Innocents, Francesca Segal The new Sophie Hannah (I've read the rest so I might as well) The new Barbara Vine (see above) Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo How To be a Good Wife, Emma Chapman
Most of them cos I've seen people mention them on here and I like a bit of populist fiction!
The sort of holidays we have (with young children), I find the number of books I read drops whilst we are away. At best, I manage a book a week. On holiday I'm lucky if I manage that. We're out more, during the day and in the evenings. And I'm more tired after a day at the beach.
I tend to read at least a book a day on holiday, even with sightseeing etc. I tend to wake up earlier and stay up later and read stupidly quickly anyway. I can easily get through two short/medium novels on a 4 hour plane trip.
C.J Sansom's Matthew Shardlake series Nicci French (crime) Some Minette Walters - particularly recommend Acid Row, The Dark Room and The Chameleon's Shadow Tim Powers - Dinner at Deviant's Palace (dystopian fic, but may be hard to get) Reginald Hill - The Woodcutter (this is his best, it's an amazing psychological thriller)
I did enjoy the Barbara Vine, but it isn't her usual doomy gloomy mystery, it's in a different vein. If you are expecting something similar to Asta's Book, you'll be disappointed but approach it with no preconceptions and you may enjoy it.
In a similar style to Vine/Rendell is Erin Kelly's The Poison Tree, and The Sick Rose (not quite as good as TPT but still a good read). I've just finished her latest The Burning Air, which I thought nowhere near as good.
I think Needful Things was one of them (I don't think it's one of his best but I don't hate it). Could it have been Duma Key? (Which I think is one of his best, but not everyone agrees). I also like Lisey's Story, which isn't everyone's cup of tea, and hate From a Buick 8, The Tommyknockers and Dreamcatcher.
I think we have a few other book likes in common as well.
It might well have been DK. I didn't hate it but the sisters bored the hell out of me and I thought the doll thing was silly. I liked the dude on the beach and the old woman and the recovering from an accident stuff.
Lisey's Story I like except for the monster, which I think is poorly described/executed. The tin opener thing still fills me with horror whenever I think of it.
Remus-yesssss, pillars of the earth, Ken Follett, also his 'world without end'. I loved those books, took me a while to read them as they were quite big. And I read them on my Kindle. So took a bit longer
There's a WW1 (iirc) one too, set partly in Russia. Something to do with giants. Again, it's a huge book - the writing is a bit stilted but it's well researched, I think and certainly diverting enough for a holiday read.
I do tend to go for volume for holiday reads. And OP, have you ever read an author called James McGee? He writes a series set around the time of the Napoleonic wars, featuring a Bow Street Runner called Matthew Hawkwood. Series in sequence is - Ratcatcher - Resurrectionists - Rapscallion - Rebellion
Thank you everyone for you recommendations!! I'm really chuffed to get so many BUT this thread is only serving to confirm my secret belief that I might have read everything worth reading. I've read and enjoyed in various degrees pretty much everything mentioned above apart from some of the more obscure zombie novels!! But I will look into Sally Vickers, and some of the dystopian stuff. Reluctantly I will strike off Hannah and Vine, and get them from the library eventually. I've remebered I haven't read Restoration yet, and I love Rose Tremain so will put that on. Have also added the new Marian Keyes, new Maggie O'Farrell, The Snow Child, and NW by Zadie Smith. Might add Capital too.
I must admit this is my first holiday with a mobile DS so might not get as much reading done as I thought, but best to be prepared!!
Ok i bet you havn't read an obscure novel called "jim giraffe". It's a black comedy with lots of references to 80's computers but i thought it was brilliantly entertaining and fun. Look it up on good reads and read the reviews.