What I Read on Holiday


While we were travelling to Paris, Berlin and Rome, we only took hand luggage with us. Somehow or another, I managed to pack for the whole trip while only taking a backpack with me. The side effect? I didn’t have room for any physical books in there. Instead, I just took my kindle with me.

I do prefer physical books but even I can admit that a kindle can be useful, particularly on trips like this. And I did enjoy having it with me. It made reading for a few minutes on tubes and the like a lot easier. With all of the little snippets of reading time, I managed to get through a lot of books on my trip. Rather than writing reviews of them all individually, I thought I’d do a round up and some mini-reviews in this post instead.

Without further ado, let’s get stuck in.


First up was The Paper Magician. I really enjoyed this book, which had been sitting neglected on my kindle for far too long. It follows Ceony, who is apprenticed to a paper magician even though she really wants to work with metal. As she learns more about paper magic, she realises that she may have underestimated this magic and the man who is teaching her about it. It was a great fantasy and I hope to continue with the series soon enough.

I also read The Heart Collecter, a collection of short stories from The Sin Eater’s Daughter universe. I loved that series so being allowed a sneak peak into some of the other characters in that world was fascinating. It’s a great companion piece to the series so if you’ve read any of Melinda Salisbury’s other books, I’d recommend giving this a shot.

Next up, I tried to read Ship of Magic but it was a bit too dense for a holiday read. I’m still working my way through it, though I’m taking my time with it. It’s good but you’ll have to wait a little longer for my thoughts on this one!

Instead of slogging through such a big book, I bought a few more books to keep me company. I turned to Caraval, which has received a lot of hype recently. It was a good bit of escapism, exploring a magical island, a game and the mysterious Legend. Though I enjoyed it, I’m not quite sure it was as great as others had raved that it was. It’s fun, and creative, and well worth a read anyway.

I read Alice next which was absolutely and utterly fantastic. It is a dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland, full of violence, crime and magic. I was hooked from the first moments where we meet Alice and Hatcher, the man who lived in the cell next door at the asylum. This book isn’t for the squeamish or fainthearted but I loved it nonetheless. I think there are more in the series so I’m excited to dive into those.

Finally, I also read The Secret of Spellshadow Manor. Likened to Harry Potter in many reviews, this follows Alex as he accidentally finds himself in a creepy and secluded magical school. There he learns that magic is not only real, but dangerous. There are plenty of secrets lurking in Spellshadow Manor waiting to be discovered. This was another book that I enjoyed but wouldn’t necessarily rave about it. It was a fun read for my holiday though!

Kelly x

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