I have always been an avid ready. As a child, I was known to many family friends as ‘that kid reading a book in the corner‘. I never lost this love affair with books even if there have been years when my enthusiasm has flagged and I didn’t read much.
Going to Portugal, I expect to have a lot of time to read, and I intend to make the most of that time. There are masses of books I want to read but never get around to because they require more dedication than others for me to fully get into them and enjoy them. More often than not, those books are classics. So to remedy this issue, I’ve been building a reading list for Portugal.
Here it is:
- Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory
- Metamorphosis by Ovid (this one will actually be a reread)
- Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo
- Chrétien de Troyes Arthurian romances (some will be reread)
- A selection of books by José Saramago
I don’t really think I’m going to get through them all, but I’d like to give them a chance. It is also evident that I won’t always be in the mood for such reading, so for light entertainment, I’m also taking:
- As many Maigret stories by George Siménon I can get my hands on
- A selection of Agatha Christie novels
- A selection of Robert Louis Stevenson novels and essays
- Legends, folklore, and myths from Portugal (and other countries)
- A selection of modern Arthurian novels
- A selection of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne novels
- A mix of other books comprising noirs, essays, travel writing, young adult literature, science-fiction and other random books
This list is a work in progress and at the moment I am very dependent on what I already have available on my e-reader. What book would you recommend? Fiction or non-fiction I am open to all suggestions.
Pedalling Portugal will begin in March 2016. For more information about this upcoming trip, visit this page.