Monday, September 22, 2008

Yesterday I flew from Manchester to Ankara and finished the book I was reading (The Island - Victoria Hislop) and began a new one which I finished today (Thanks For The Memories - Cecelia Ahern). I love buying books in England because I get British authors that I would never normally get in Canada. This happened with the book 'The Island'. This book won the Galaxy British Book Award and is about a young women, Alexis, who travels to a small town in Crete to find out about her family history. Her mother Sofia had never talked about Greece or her family but when Alexis is heading there on a trip, Sofia realizes its time for her daughter to know about her family history, which includes members of her family who were residents on the leper colony Spinalonga. The book mostly takes places between 1940 and 1960 and is a wonderful book to read. I really had only read about the horrors of leporsy, not about how people lived with it. Definitly a reccomended book!

After this heavier read I decided a nice British girly novel was in order - so I bought 'Thanks For The Memories' which is by the author of 'P.S. I Love You'. It was a pretty easy and quick read and really really funny!! I laughed outloud quite a few times on the plane. It is set in Dublin and is about Joyce, who has to get a blood tranfusion because she falls and looses her baby. Around the same time an American man named Justin unwillingly gives blood and we learn that some of the blood he gave went to Joyce and she now has some of his memories and characteristics (for example she now knows about art and speaks Latin which she could never do before). They keep running into each other but never actually meet. The best part of the book is that Joyce has to move back in with her seventy-five year old father - who is the funniest part of the book! I would definitly recommend this book if you are looking for a good laugh and a fast read - A great book for travelling!

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