Aug 9, 2014

Summer Holidays Guest Post by Emma Jones


Emma Jones is the author of The Awakening. You can find her on twitter @booksemmajones and she also has a blog you can visit.

Summer holidays - Special memories, places and books

Anyone that knows me knows I LOVE holidays. I love browsing websites, getting quotes and looking at places to visit. I check TripAdvisor for everything and love the shared photos.

I have several special holidays and loads of great memories. Here's some of my favourites.

When I was 15 or 16 and we went to Skegness Butlins as a family. My mum and dad let me take my then best friend and it was my first taste of holiday freedom as we were left to our own devices much of the time. We were both huge Take That fans and my favourite photo was of 'I heart TT' in the sand. The weather was great and it was a lovely break and the last holiday I went on with my parents. It was around this time I was also a huge Point Horror book fan and could read an entire book in one sitting. I've recently started a Point Horror club on my own blog to reminisce and reread some. They are still good but definitely have a dated feeling.

One of my favourite holidays with my own children was to Puerto Pollensa, Majorca in 2011. My son was only 11 months and not yet walking and would happily sit on the floor playing with toys and sucking ice cubes. He was a total water baby and loved bobbing about in his rubber ring. My daughter loved the kids club & disco. It was lovely as the staff were amazing, brilliant facilities for young children and a beautiful resort. We also travelled with relatives so it was nice to have quality family time together although I had absolutely no time to read a book.

Book wise Is harry on the boat? by Colin Butts is an old holiday favourite.  It reminds me of an old TV programme called The Villa on sky 1 and the late 1990's early 2000's (Does anyone else remember it?) This in turn reminds me of my holidays to Magaluf and Falaraki with my friends.

Is Harry on the boat is rude, crude and really funny. It follows an 18-30 style holiday company called Young, Free &Single (YFS) during a season in Ibiza. There are drugs, drink, sex, and embezzlement. I loved the characters they have very likable qualities except for Alison and Mario. It transports you to sunshine and makes you completely forget the day job and makes me glad I'm too old to go on an 18-30 trip! A brilliant summer read.

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