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I’ve always been an avid reader and for me, one of the best things about going on holiday is being able to put in some serious book time. It was a holiday reading PB for me in Borneo getting through 9 books- these were my favs.

Capital by John Lanchester

The main reason I liked this book is because it paints an interesting picture of London society by following the lives of the residents of a fictional London street. It is a little stereotypical at times in the way it depicts its residents, which range from an investment banker, a traffic warden, a premiership footballer, a polish builder and a banksy type artist to name a few.

Despite this, Capital has some interesting twists and turns through it and describes day-to-day London life with real insight. It’s a must read for anyone who has lived or is living in the capital.

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Bossypants is Tina Fey’s (of SNL and 30 Rock fame) autobiography and I LOL-ed the entire way through this book. It’s written as a series of recollections and anecdotes that follow her through her childhood, school and college and then her rise through the male dominated world of comedy.

A testament to the hilariousness of this book is the fact that my dad read it cover to cover after I left it lying around on holiday and secretly really enjoyed it. Considering the only book I have ever known him to finish is John Howard’s autobiography, this was a major feat. When I asked him if he liked it, he said it was ‘pretty funny, but probably more funny if you’re a woman’- big praise from my dad!

If you like any of Tiny Fey’s TV shows or movies you will probably find this book really entertaining and it’s a nice change from your standard novel.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

When I started to hear the hype around these books I asked one of my friends who had read them what all the fuss was about. When she told me they were about children who fight each other to death I dismissed them pretty quickly as I thought they sounded a bit ridiculous. Shortly after this conversation my sister told me she had spent the better part of the easter weekend reading all 3 of them. So I reconsidered my initial judgement and downloaded them onto my kindle in Borneo (ah the wonders of the kindle…).

These books are definitely addictive and I ended up reading them all within the space of a couple of days. They are short, easy reads that cross over into the teen fiction genre. I guess you could say they are ‘fantasy’ novels, but don’t dismiss them on that premise, as I’m not into that type of book at all and I really enjoyed this trilogy.

The books follow the adventures of Katniss Everdeen through the dystopian society of Panem. I’m not going to try to describe the plot here because it’s honestly too complicated and would probably sound really weird (much like my friend’s initial synopsis). But give them go if you want a book which you can get into really quickly and which will provide a bit of an escape.

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