Taking a book on holiday?

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Bookshelf of unread books

Which ones to take out of this unread group?

I make no bones about it. I prefer proper books to electronic ones. I like them to possess that unmistakeable mixture of mustiness age that old books have. Kindles and all those other contraptions are soulless, smell less and just plain boring.

I am heartened then to read that some research by Opodo, the online travel agency, shows that millions of holiday-taking Brits prefer to get stuck into a paperback than read a digital download or online Researchers polled more than 3,000 people and found that more than three-quarters of them favour paperbacks when it comes to their holiday-reading. Digital content amounted to a paltry 4% or responders!

Of those polled in the survey, two thirds will read up to two books on holiday while more than one in five will get through as many as four books during their holiday break. The research reveals that reading is one of the top three preferred activities and that one in four look forward to once they’ve reached their destination, the other two activities being relaxing on a beach (probably reading for some of the time) and trying the local cuisine.

It seems we prefer escapism with just under a half opting for general fiction and 10% opting for romantic fiction

Publishers will love this bit. According to the research, 47% said they will spend thirty pounds or more on literature for their holiday. When it comes to purchasing reading material, shopping online – well in advance of a holiday – was the preferred method for almost a quarter of us whilst one in five buy second hand books and more than one in 10 of us buy from their local shop. But there is still almost a quarter of us who have not been seduced by the lure of the book. Some 23% purchase digital content for e-readers and just 7% of last minute Brits will pick up a book at the airport.

Opodo also list the top ten summer reads although I can’t say that any will be in my hand luggage. Will they be in yours?

  1. Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult
  2. I See You, Clare Mackintosh
  3. Conclave, Robert Harris
  4. The Essex Serpent, Sarah Parry
  5. This Must Be The Place, Maggie O’Farrell
  6. The Gypsy Moth, Julia Fierro
  7. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy
  8. Hunger, Roxanne Gay
  9. H (a) ppy, Nicola Barker
  10. Sour Heart, Jenny Zhang.
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