Idealo Holiday Reads Carnival


The Summer holidays are well under way now and hopefully everyone will get a chance to relax a little, whether it’s somewhere hot and sunny or at home in the garden. And what is better when you have some free time than losing yourself in a good book? Well, we have a great round up from our Ideal Holidays Reads challenge with loads of recommendations for you. Whether you like a crime thriller, an honest autobiography, an action packed adventure or a bit of romance, there’s sure to be something for everyone here.

We teamed up with Idealo and asked some Foodies100 bloggers to come up with their ideal holiday reading list for the Summer holidays. They had £25 to spend at Amazon on their wish list and here is what they recommend you should be reading this Summer.

It seems that when it comes to reading in your spare time, many of you choose to put down the recipe books and pick up something a bit different – nobody likes to work while they are on holiday! So first up we have Jen from Blue Kitchen Bakes with a very diverse selection of books. With some sci-fi, a historical novel, a thriller and some horror, Jen is going to have some great reading material this summer.

We are pleased to see that Jubilee fever lives on in many of these ideal holiday reading lists! Trina from The Empty Cake Tin is looking forward to reading At Home With The Queen and Our Queen.

Sarah from Maison Cupcake has opted for an interesting bunch of non-fiction books, including Bold as Brass, My Story by Hilary Devey from Dragon’s Den fame and Strong Woman by Karren Brady. We look forward to hearing what Sarah though of these.

We love that some of you chose books to help you get organised – we could do with a few tips here! Helen from Fuss Free Flavours added Getting Things Done by David Allen to her list and it sounds like a great book to help you get sorted. Let us know how it goes, Helen!

If you want to get out of the kitchen but still want to use your creative streak, then Jenny from Gingerbread House recommends Heart Felt Holidays. Perhaps you could use your free holiday time to get ahead with a few gifts for later on in the year – we dare not utter the ‘C’ word yet, but I’m sure that time of year will soon creep up on us!

One book that has provoked a great deal of conversation recently is Fifty Shades of Grey, and we thought it might pop up somewhere! Missing Sleep has added it to her list as she wants to see what all the hype is about. Where do you stand in the Fifty Shades debate?

Solange from Pebble Soup tells us she loves to read and always has a book or two on the go. She has picked some award winning books for her Holiday Reads list, including Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, which won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger in 2011.

Recipe Junkie is another book-lover- we love the way she describes certain books as ‘strokable’ and talks of the ‘book smell’ you encounter in a good book shop. On her list you will find The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway and A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke – two contrasting, but equally interesting, books.

There are some good old classics cropping up amongst the recommended reads too. Laura from Little Stuff is looking forward to rereading To Kill A Mockingbird and is getting the the 50th Anniversary edition for her kindle. We remember reading this one at school!

We all secretly love a bit of trash or chick lit, don’t we? Holidays are often about switching off and getting stuck into some light reading, so Attachment Mummy suggests Just Another Manic Mum-Day by Mink Elliott.

Some cook books have made it onto your wishlists though, including Jamie’s Britain, which Dragons and Fairy Dust will be testing out, and Gok Cooks Chinese as recommended by Purely Food. We look forward to seeing any recipes that you try out from your books.

Juju from A Wannabe Foodie is also going to be busy in the kitchen with her book selections, which include The Hairy Bikers’ Big Book of Baking and A Busy Girl’s Guide to Cake Decorating. We foresee some yummy treats coming from Juju’s kitchen in the near future and we’re first in line to help ‘test’ should she need us!

Kavey from Kavey Eats is another blogger who has opted for some cookery books to get stuck into this Summer. First on her list is Jekka’sHerb Cookbook – a book that combines recipes with tips for growing the herbs, history and much more. Kavey says she’s looking forward to relaxing with these books then cooking up a storm.

Last, but by no means least, we have Erica from She has picked out The Penguin Complete Novels of Nancy Mitford, which contains some novels she has read and enjoyed, and some new ones that she is looking forward to reading. It’s always so exciting to discover an author whose books you really love.

Phew! What a round up – we can’t wait to get reading and try out some of these books! We have just highlighted one or two books from each blogger’s list but there are so many more good recommendations, so make sure you visit their blogs to check out what else is on their Idealo Holiday Reads Wishlist.

So, what will you be reading this Summer? Tweet us using the #idealoreads tag and let us know.

Sally is the publisher of Foodies100, the UK's largest directory of brilliant UK food and drink blogs and bloggers. Every day of the week, we promote the UK's best and most exciting blogs about food and drink.

Discussion7 Comments

  1. Thanks for the mention – I’ve read nearly all my books – just The Cellist of Sarajevo to go. Interestingly the ones I have really enjoyed so far – Jubilee, Notes from an Exhibition and Tideline are the ones you didn’t mention 🙂

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