We arrived in France yesterday for our family summer holiday. We had a week in Ireland last week visiting family, travelling between Dublin and West Cork. It was wonderfully full-on so there was precious little reading time. However, now that it’s just the five of us I’m looking forward to a slower pace. My children are all well into the teen zone now so my husband and I find ourselves twiddling our thumbs in the mornings, waiting for them to get up. Perfect reading time!
We are staying in Cancale, a smallish coastal town in Northern Brittany, arriving here on the overnight ferry from Cork to Roscoff, which was very pleasant indeed – good, reasonably-priced food, decent cabins and plenty to do.
I’ve been unusually restrained with my holiday library this year, just the three books: Harvesting by Lisa Harding, a harrowing account of child prostitution, child trafficking, abuse and neglect, Death on the Nile, by Agatha Christie, the August choice for my Facebook Reading Challenge, and The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier, one of my book club’s summer reading titles.
I’ve almost finished Harvesting in the first couple of days! It’s not for the faint-hearted, but is gripping. I’m told it has been thoroughly researched and is not an outlandish account. If this is the case, I have truly led a sheltered life. It’s tough stuff.
If I manage all three books there is always the Kindle back-up! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
What are your holiday reading choices?
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Have a wonderful time in France, Julia! I only managed to read two books (See What I Have Done and When I Hit You) when we went on vacation in May.
Thank you – oh well, holidays are for going with the flow aren’t they?!
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The Last Runaway was one of our Summer School books three years ago and was a real hit with everyone. I find Chevalier a bit hit and miss, but this is one of her more interesting novels, I think.
That’s interesting. I’ve only read two of her books, both of which I loved – “Girl with a Pearl Earring” years ago, and “The Lady and the Unicorn” more recently. It’s that which has prompted me to explore her other work. I’ll let you know how I get on!
Avoid the Blake novel, Burning Bright, it really doesn’t work.