Though there are so many books I want to read all the time, I am also very fond of rereading favorites. And that is exactly what I am doing right now. I am reading The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd. In May-July 2005, I read this book together with the yahoo group Armchairtravelling. Mary, who is a member of the group, lives near The New Forest, and during our reading she started a blog where she posted photos and stories from her daily walks in The Forest. The blog is still running and is an almost daily pleasure for me to visit. And Mary has been kind enough to let me borrow a photo from her wonderful archive of Forest Photos.
I have read several of Rutherfurd's books, starting with London, and love his style. Amazing stories to follow, and at the same time alot of historical, natural and geographical information.
Are you tired of my Venice books by now? ;-) Well, I still have alot more to talk about. Being home with the flu this week has given me some extra reading time. We are going to Rome in July and I am looking through by "books about Rome"-collection. I realized that it is even bigger than my "books about Venice"-collection, so when I have gone through all my Venice books I can start with the Rome ones........But that's future.
Mary Laven has written a very interesting books about Virgins of Venice (ha, the lady in the photo is not a virgin to illustrate the book.....) The book is about the lives in the convents of Venice in the 16th century. The convents were then places where noble families "dumped" their unmarriageable daughters. A very interesting book about the life in the convents, the life in Venice in general and how the women were able to cope (or not cope) with their fate.