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Books you've read only because you found them in a holiday cottage.

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SwedishEdith Tue 11-Aug-15 21:26:03

Currently reading Nicci Gerrard's 'A Winter House' - hate all the characters but feel compelled to finish it.

Just remembered that I read a David Baddiel one once and cannot remember anything about it at all.

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BatmanLovesMenInEyeliner Tue 11-Aug-15 21:28:41

I read a book in Bulgaria by William X Something, it had a purple cover and it may have had a priest in it.

That's how good it was grin

EnlightenedOwl Tue 11-Aug-15 21:30:20

The YOrkshire Ripper

sorry we found it under the sofa and its not something I would normally dream of reading

Crispyjoyluck Tue 11-Aug-15 21:30:47

"How to have a psychic relationship with your pet."

I was 11 and determined to communicate with our spaniel. Ignorant bastard never even tried.

BigcatLittlecat Tue 11-Aug-15 21:38:03

Jodi Pichot! i would never have read any of hers as thought I wouldn't like them! Read loads of her work now!

rookiemere Tue 11-Aug-15 21:42:08

The follow up book to The Wolf of Wall Street. I have to say I enjoyed it mightily either Jordan Belfort or his ghost writer have a good line in humorous self depreciation.

Coincidenceschmoincidence Tue 11-Aug-15 21:42:16

One by sandi toksvig which was hilarious grin I read all sorts that holiday after an e reader malfunction.

Thelilywhite Tue 11-Aug-15 21:44:16

me too bigcat I found a copy of 'my sisters keeper' in a hotel didn't think Id like it but I did. My favourite is the 'storyteller' a bit gruelling but told me a lot about ww2 I didn't know.
op - I always feel compelled to finish books no matter how awful they are!! Why do we do that?! Anyone else?

rocket74 Tue 11-Aug-15 21:44:45

A John Irving book about a man obsessed with tattoos. It had a weird early child sex slant to it though which I found odd. Realised most of his books do.

SwedishEdith Tue 11-Aug-15 21:45:56

Yes, yes, yes to feeling compelled to finish them. I know I can just stop but...

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SwedishEdith Tue 11-Aug-15 21:46:57

It's funny how the books you find suddenly seem more interesting than the books you brought with you.

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Loula117 Tue 11-Aug-15 21:50:43

I just came back from three nights in Margate, found 'Lanzarote' by Michel Houellebecq on the shelf in the flat we rented from a late middle aged couple. Read it in about 30 mins - it's mercifully short but both unerotically pornographic and pointless. Having met them I really hope someone else left it on their bookshelf!

MrsRhettButler Tue 11-Aug-15 21:51:01

I can't remember the name but it was a loooong book.
Was about a mixed race family in (I think) the American south, it followed about 4 generations of the family and wasn't that great tbh but I did feel the need to finish.

SwedishEdith Tue 11-Aug-15 21:52:36

Would that be 'Roots' 'MrsButler'?

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nancy75 Tue 11-Aug-15 21:58:20

Oh so many. My parents own a holiday home that is let out - they have a crap book cupboard that is full of the kind of stuff people read on the beach and don't bother to take home.

Thanks to the crap book cupboard I have read a Jordan book, Lace, the Da Vinci code, some Agatha Christe books (these were quite enjoyable) and countless other totally rubbish chic lit books that I have forgotten as soon as I have finished reading,

The crap book cupboard is one of my secret pleasures - I'm always excited to see what has been left for me

MrsRhettButler Tue 11-Aug-15 22:00:28

No, I know roots Swedish, it started with an escaped slave girl who fell in love with a white man and the story follows their descendants.

Bunbaker Tue 11-Aug-15 22:02:24

Errol Flynn's autobiography. I couldn't put it down. Sadly we had to go home before I finished it.

Spiegelei Tue 11-Aug-15 22:02:26

Hotel Du Lac. Quite possibly the dullest book I have ever read.

MrsRhettButler Tue 11-Aug-15 22:02:39

Sorry that was a description of the book I read, looking at my post it reads as if I mean roots.
I'm too tired to be commenting tbh blush

WhyIRayLiotta Tue 11-Aug-15 22:03:19

I read The Beach - I'd seen the film but loved the book. Then on holiday I read One Day. Thought it was brilliant. All the 90s references resonated! Only thing is I tend to get a bit lost in a book... Think DH felt left out!

Reignbeau Tue 11-Aug-15 22:04:54

The newest Bridget Jones one. It was pretty meh.

Piffpaffpoff Tue 11-Aug-15 22:04:56

I read Roots in a holiday cottage. Started off half-heartedly, then really got into it and spent the last couple of days reading furiously, trying to get it finished before we left!

98percentchocolate Tue 11-Aug-15 22:05:22

"Claire's War" by Anita Burgh. Fantastic book which I only bought because it was the only English language book I could find in a second hand French bookshop where we were camping! Passed it around my family and they all loved it too. Unfortunately the rest of her books weren't quite as good, but CW was great.

Sgtmajormummy Tue 11-Aug-15 22:05:25

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. I enjoyed it while I was there but not enough to swipe it. Then I bought it second hand on Amazon, finished it and found it completely forgettable. Maybe it was just the style that suited where we were staying (cottage near Bath).

Thelilywhite Tue 11-Aug-15 22:05:28

yy hotel du lac. cant understand the appeal of that authors books but yeah just had to finish it!!

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