Before anyone who goes on vacation, if he does not prefer one hundred percent plant rest, the question always arises “what to read?”. Alexander Nabokov, deputy chief editor of the newspaper "Book Review", tells how to choose books.
In this review, we will mainly talk about book novelties of the last year, but we will try not to forget the classics. So, let's begin. And we will start with the traditionally most numerous genre among “vacation books” - detective stories, science fiction, horror and others like them. Leaving behind the brackets a host of all kinds of “feminine,” “ironic,” and the like, we turn our attention to the qualitative representatives of the genre. Here, with confidence, we can recommend almost every book from the series “The Cure for Boredom” (M .: “Foreigner”), since the originator of the series, Boris Akunin, never had a bad taste. The only thing that can embarrass the gentle and relaxed souls of vacationers is excessive naturalism and a huge amount of blood pouring on the pages of these books. They can recommend books by Andreas Eshbach, already quite popular in our country. And first of all, “Video of Jesus”, his most powerful and exciting novel. But the rest of his books (“Special Gift”, “Iron Man”, “Nobel Prize”, “Scorched”, etc.) will not let you get bored. Of the science fiction writers, Neil Gaiman seems to be the most interesting - at least his “Coraline”, “The Entrance” or “American Gods” on vacation are easy to master.
What a vacation without a horror master! “The History of Lizzie” and “Dume Key” - reading is not very simple, but we recommend it. As well as the new works of Dean Kunz “Eyes of Darkness”, “Voice of the Night” and “Your Heart Belongs to Me”. As for the detective classics, we advise you to get acquainted with the work of Rex Stout. His pair of detectives Niro Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, of course, is not as famous as Holmes and Watson, but the world created by Stout is very believable and comfortable, you want to return to it again and again. Those who prefer “something easy” to murders and secrets are our further recommendations. Fiction, domestic and foreign. Let's start with the foreigners. On the beaches this summer, Cecilia Ahern and Stephanie Meyer will be out of competition. However, besides them, there is something to read in this genre. For example, the smart, easy-to-read novels by Didier van Covelart “The Gospel of Jimmy” and “Attraction”, the funny satire of Christopher Buckley “Boomerang Day”, the rollicking humor of Christopher Moore - “Lizard of Passion in the Bay of Sadness”, “Practical Demon Democracy”, “Vampires: A Love Story. " As for the classics, the work of P. G. Wodehouse, known in our country first of all as a series of books about Jeeves and Worcester, may become a win-win reading option on vacation.
Let's move on to the domestic representatives of the genre. There is something to read here. Here is, say, a collection of stories by Dmitry Lipskerov “Bullfinch meat”, a collection of Zakhar Prilepin's “Boots Full of Hot Vodka”. Dima Fedorov in his “Football Tale 2012” chose the form of a virtual football match where the forces of light fight the forces of darkness ... I think that our readers will be interested in the debut book of the famous translator Masha Spivak “Year of the Black Moon”. The famous writer Yuri Polyakov published a complete collection of his works. Of course, not all novels are equally good, but the unforgettable Apofegay, Kid in the Milk, or I Designed an Escape are worth reading and re-reading.
However, what are we all about fiction? And among non-fiction there are lots of interesting books that will not let you get bored and won't load too much. Of these, there are several curious biographies at once. For example, we recommend David Remnik’s book “Mohammed Ali” about the life of the famous boxer and “Soviet life of Lev Landau” by Gennady Gorelik. Both of them are written vibrantly and vividly, quite capable of brightening up minutes of boredom and the sweet bliss of idleness. If you and the beach do not part with a volume of poetry, then for you there is nothing better than the books of Vladimir Vishnevsky, in particular, one of his last works “Being replaceable ugly”. Read it, this is really good poetry.
And finally, one cannot fail to say about those who rest with children. We recommend Dina Sabitova’s book “Circus in a Box”, “Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Karl, a series of books by Sven Nurquist about Findus and Petson. But for those who are older - the books of Vladislav Krapivin and Cyrus Bulychev.