Making a cup of tea, sitting in a quiet place and losing time in a story.
It can be a little difficult with 3 children who constantly want to "do something".
I began these holidays reading "The Bean Patch" by Shirley Painter.
"An extraordinary memoir of abuse, survival and recovery in the tradition of Bad Blood and Once in A House on Fire.
I was engrossed. I read it quickly, taking it everywhere I went, and it was over all too soon.
Yes, the story was dreadful, but Shirley's survival and her writing isn't.
You can read a review of it here.
I then began "A Fraction of the Whole" by Steve Toltz. It is a book I have had on my shelf for ages, meaning to read it every holiday.
"Meet the Deans.
He taught his son always to make up his mind, and then change it. An impossible, brilliant, restless man, he just wanted the world to listen to him – and the trouble started when the world did.
As a boy, Terry was the local sporting hero. As a man, he became Australia's favourite criminal, making up for injustice on the field with this own version of justice off it.
Now that his father is dead, Jasper can try making some sense of his outrageous schemes to make the world a better place. Haunted by his own mysteriously missing mother and a strange recurring vision, Jasper has one abiding question: Is he doomed to become the lunatic who raised him, or a different kind of lunatic entirely?
I began it. Roared through the first third. But now I've stalled. I'm not sure whether I'm bored with it now, or what the problem is.
Maybe I will read something else and come back to it.