Wednesday, 9 June 2010

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Well, we have just returned from sunny Spain. We had a fab couple of weeks in Nerja, staying in a lovely villa complete with infinity pool. I'll try and post a couple of pics. We visited Granada and the Alhambra Palace and gardens which were beautiful. We found a fab hippy style cafe that catered for our veggie needs and a wonderful tea shop in the Arab quarter of Granada. We had plenty of R&R, swimming in the pool, beach and just relaxing in the warm fresh air getting some much needed sun. We had a visitor during the last week and strolled around Malaga before dropping him at the airport. Once again we were fortunate to find a veggie and vegan restaurant and a Teteria (tea shop)in Malaga. We went to the Picasso museum and Castillo del Gibralfaro and Alcazaba.

I managed to read quite a bit and will briefly review them below:
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon was a fantastic 5* read for our May book group meet. Group reviews were loved it or couldn't get into it. I found it very interesting set in Barcelona and it had good pace - unput downable.
The Colour by Rose Tremain was not for me. I was a bit disappointed having read another of her books, this was not as good.
Wedlock by Wendy Moore read for our June book group meet next week. Another 5* offering. True facts but very well written. Extremely interesting to learn about the Bowes-Lyon dynasty.
Once in a Lifetime by Cathy Kelly was a good holiday read. It touched work life balance, death, family, friends and love.
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale another true story but again very well written and very interesting. 4*
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown pacy, unput downable. Plenty going on. 4*
Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith another reasonable holiday read.
PS I Love You by Cecelia Aherne the daughter of the former Irish Prime Minister. This was her debut novel which has been made into a film. Another fun, light holiday read tinged with sadness but a good mix of humour blended in.

My current read is Beneath the Skin by Nicci French.

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