I love the feel and look of books after they've been read. Just look at the creased spines in the above photo. I love how the spine of a book creases and slants after it's been read on a beach or by a pool - the patina of a quickly-read book that's weathered sun and the odd splash of water and sun-cream. All of the above books were recently purchased new and after just 2 weeks they look aged - I like that.
This was one of those books I read in my teens. I thought I'd give it give it another spin. This is a first-hand account of Huxley's first experience with Mescalin and what would come to be known as the Psychedelic experience. It's a short read - just 120 pages or so. I started reading it in Cork Airport on Saturday morning and finished it on the coach from Verona to Lake Garda that afternoon.
I love reading science fiction on holidays. If you're looking for a book to read while soaking up the sun and recharging the batteries, this is the perfect book. Clarke is a master of this genre - he can walk you through the impossible like it's the everyday. He's concise too - Rendezvous is a short book. Clarke can say in 250 pages what lesser writers might need 800 pages to say.
Rowlands is a philosopher who adopted first a Wolf then a small pack of dogs with whom he runs. If running and the reasons why people run is your thing, you'll enjoy this.
This was Martin's first (and only?) science fiction novel. It's set on a dying world where Winter is most definitely coming and features a race not unlike GoT's dothraki. There's a brutal hunt involved too. It's not as enjoyable (or readable) as his GoT books but it passes the time.
This is a non-fiction account of the life of Henrietta Lacks and her family. She was a black woman who died in 1951 and whose cancer cells (taken without her informed consent) have become a multi-billion dollar industry. She and her children have lived in poverty and haven't seen any material benefit. This is a tough read - I mean it's readable, but it's grim reading. It will make you angry.
More science fiction. This is quite good - it builds an improbable microcosmic world and has a twist ending. It's well written too so I'll probably seek out more of Christopher Priest's work (along with Arthur C. Clarke's).