Travel Diary: What I read in Nerja, Spain

It’s not enough for me to pack a towel and sun cream into my beach bag and make my way down to the sea front. I have to have something to keep me occupied, something to read. I’m not one of those people that can sunbathe for days as my mind wonders and I start to fidget. Instead, I always use my kindle to shield my eyes from the sun and pick a novel (or five). Most people prefer reading and smelling physical books, but I absolutely love my kindle. It’s so convenient to pack a little device like this into your luggage and be able to download and read any book you desire.

For this trip, I mainly downloaded psychological thrillers as they seem to be my go to book nowadays. To break the suspense up a bit, I also threw in a Neil Gaiman book as a little preview to the new Netflix show I’ve been meaning to watch.

I was aiming to finish 5, but I think 3 and a 6th(?) is quite good going for a week long holiday, especially considering that I went on a couple of excursions and took part in lots of social outings.

nerja holiday reads

Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris

Now this was an interesting read, although it did exactly what it said on the blurb. There was action, rather than suspense, and it was easy to predict what would happen next. In saying that, it was a real page turner which actually quite a scary insight into the human psyche and made my heart drop at times. It was a dark and emotional read where the devil in the detail actually fuelled my hatred for a character. I know many people have compared this to The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl, but I can’t see the similarities myself.

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

At points, I felt there was too much detail surrounding recreational drugs and the eclipses. I get that the characters are big fans and that some of the narrative had to revolve around it, but it seemed a bit excessive and read like the script of a Brian Cox documentary. It just seemed like Kelly was trying to show off her extensive knowledge, and alienating the reader in the process. If it wasn’t for that, I would have loved all the mystery and misdirection.

Lies by T M LoganNerja Holiday Reads

I’m usually a quick reader, but this book had my eyes moving faster than ever before. I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn’t get enough – it genuinely only took me a couple of sittings to get to the end. There were plenty of twists and turns as I followed the protagonist’s journey, but I definitely did not see the ending coming and I wouldn’t believe anyone that said otherwise. Even after I had put the book down, I felt myself thinking back to it and trying to work out how the final chapter fit in with the rest of the plot. T M Logan has definitely found his genre and I look forward to reading his other work.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I’m only about (exactly) 13% into this book, but I haven’t quite got into it yet. I already dislike the protagonist, ‘Shadow,’ as he seems to have no motivation to do anything and just plods along, accepting everything without question. We know he’s big, as that gets mentioned repeatedly, but his character has no depth and seems so vanilla. I also think the plot seems to be spread to thinly and has a lot of pointless scenes and waffle. I just feel that if I give it a chance, there’s undoubtedly going to be a bit of an anti-climax at the end and I’ll feel more disappointed than I do at the moment.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

This has been on my book-et list for a while now, and sadly still is! I’m gutted to have not gotten around to reading it.  However, I’m going on a Ryanair flight next month, and didn’t want to pay more than the flight to sit next to my partner, so I’m going to save it for my lonely 2 hour journey to Budapest.


What books have you sunk your teeth into on holiday? Let me know in the comments below as I’m always on the look out of new ones to try!

3 Replies to “Travel Diary: What I read in Nerja, Spain”

  1. I do love physical books, but when you’re travelling the Kindle is much more practical. You can take a library in your bag. I’m not really one for novels and lean towards more experiential books. My recent holiday read was ‘Why the Dutch are Different’ and ‘A Year of Living Danishly’. My next is about Japan.

    I’m amazed how many books you managed in a week! Although, I’m not one for lounging on a holiday. My recent trip saw me clock up 105 miles in the week, so reading was for when I was travelling.

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