At the very end of last year, I realised something. I'd not been on a holiday since 2018.
A first world problem, I'll admit. But in the post-COVID landscape where the word 'burnout' is on pretty much everyone's lips, I knew I needed a break.
I'd built up enough leave to take a good few weeks off, so I headed to my parents' place in the UK earlier this year. As any expat knows, trips home often aren't very relaxing. You spend weeks darting all over the country to catch up with people before returning home feeling more exhausted than before you left.
So I decided, on this occasion, to split my time between my parents and my Kindle.
Here are the five best (and worst) books I read on my extended break: