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My Reading List Progress…

So, I have a Reading List. Books that have been recommended to me. Mostly in response to a Facebook status a few months back when I realised that I hadn’t read a good book in a long long time. Other than baby sleep books!

So this is my original list and my progress:

  • Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks —> read! 
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • House Rules – Jodie Picoult  —> reading at the moment 
  • The Last Song – Nicholas Sparks
  • Minding Frankie – Maeve Binchy
  • The Island – Victoria Hislop  —> read! 
  • Room – Emma Donoghue  —> read! 
  • Cutting For Stone – Abraham Verghese
  • Perfume – Patrick Süskind
  • The Little House – Virginia Lee Burton
  • Tender Morsels – Margo Lanagan
  • Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn (I wanted to start with this one because I just love the title!)
  • Skippy Dies – Paul Murray
  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
Hmm, I felt I was doing well until I did this list… now my three – almost four – books look rather silly.
Mini- reviews, super quickly and super subjective, in the order that I read the books:
The Island –  loved it 🙂
I felt like I knew the characters and wanted to keep on reading about their lives – I was quite disappointed when I got to the end of the story. I think I slowed my reading down as I realised I was nearing the end in order to make it last longer! That’s pretty telling. Interesting and believable storyline without being too cliche or predictable. Lovely setting.
Room – oh wow.
Seriously made me look at everyday life in a new light. But in a good way! I kept interrupting LOML to tell him what the characters were doing and how things were going for them. Just the right balance of tears (mostly happy) and laughter. Very very unusual, and I loved the first person perspective. I would definitely recommend it.
Birdsong – not a great fan
I liked that the book is written from two different perspectives, and jumps between two periods in history, and the storyline is good, but it just didn’t quite grab me personally. The descriptions were really very detailed and I’ve discovered that I don’t like that much! The author did lots of research, and I enjoyed the historical aspect of it a lot more than I enjoyed the actual story.
House Rules – still reading, but enjoying it so far.
The story is told by more than one character, and each chapter gives you a perspective from one of the characters, so that they overlap each other and the story moves forward. Me likey. Again, the author must have done a lot of hard work to get the facts – the story is about a family dealing with Aspergers… a topic that interests me anyway. I’ll keep you posted.
What are you reading at the moment?
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My Reading List. Hmmm.

I am completely and utterly embarrassed to report that I have not even managed to finish one of the books on my reading list.

I am busy reading The Island by Victoria Hislop, but only because a friend loaned it to me so I don’t have to worry about getting a library fine… again.

Yes,  I took out Birdsong but didn’t even start it! It took me three weeks to read Jonathan Ross’s autobiography… and to be honest, I didn’t actually manage to finish it. There were a few pages at the end that I just didn’t get to read because I had to get the books back on time.

Except that I HAVE BABY BRAIN AND SHOULD TRIPLE, NO QUADRUPLE, CHECK EVERY SINGLE THING I PLAN TO DO.

 

I planned my week, knowing that I had to get to the library on the date the books were due back. And when I got to the library I realised that they had been due back the day before. Sigh.

 

So what are you guys reading these days?

 

PS Don’t forget to Embrace The Camera today!


My ETC moment, Thursday 31st March 2011

 

Embrace The Camera

Yip, I’m wearing my pj bottoms.

C’mon – everyone knows pj’s are more comfy for crawling around in than jeans!

 

I’ve started using the 10 second timer with the ‘burst’ function, so the camera takes three pictures in quick succession. That way I’m 3 times more likely to get a decent photo, and Little Man hears the clicking sounds and usually looks towards the camera by the third picture!


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Alice

My favouritest book in the whole wide world.

A Town Like Alice

Before I left South Africa on my UK adventure, I told my mom that the one thing I would really like to take with me to London from home was my own copy of the book, as the copy that I have read over and over since I-can’t-even-remember-when belongs to her (and I think it was originally my grandmother’s). She found one for me! Much gratitude.

 

Whenever I go into a second hand bookshop (or see books at a market or car boot sale), I cannot help but look for this book. And although I don’t find it often, I know that if I see it, I will buy it.

The book in this photo I found at Tavistock Market. I think perhaps I’m hoping to find older and older prints of the book. It was first published in 1950, and this one is from 1971. There’s something wonderful about a very old book.

And maybe, just maybe, one day I’ll stumble upon a First Edition.

 

 

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Books! Glorious books!

At last I feel like perhaps, just perhaps, I have time to read again! So, upon friends’ recommendations, this is my reading list:

  • Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • House Rules – Jodie Picoult
  • The Last Song – Nicholas Sparks
  • Minding Frankie – Maeve Binchy
  • The Island – Victoria Hislop
  • Room – Emma Donoghue
  • Cutting For Stone – Abraham Verghese
  • Perfume – Patrick Süskind
  • The Little House – Virginia Lee Burton
  • Tender Morsels – Margo Lanagan
  • Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn (I wanted to start with this one because I just love the title!)
  • Skippy Dies – Paul Murray
  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

I have been to the library (and actually registered and now have a library card. Plus a ‘My First Library Card’ for Little Man).

I am, at the moment, reading Jonathon Ross’s Why Do I Say These Things? (Not on the list, I know. I took it out of the library for LOML but have started reading it myself.)

Next will be Birdsong (also libary so it gets priority).

[I also took out a book on scrapbooking in an attempt to prepare myself for Little Man’s book. Too scared to start it!]

Then, I have borrowed Room and The Island from a friend (thanks, Helen!).

It’s been soooooo long since I read a good book… I’m sure you’ll be hearing from me about my progress through the list. And if you have a favourite or a recommendation to add to my list, please let me know. Comments below…

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