Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Sometimes I just can't find the right book to read. Nothing holds my interest. I pick them up, flick the pages and think "Nah". It drives me crazy and I drive people in bookshops crazy because they see me between the shelves, standing on one leg and then the other, chewing my nails, screwing up my face and they ask me "Can I help you?"...and I say something silly like, "Oh, I'm just looking for something good to read". Anyway - now is not one of those times - I'm in the middle of finding about 15 books really, really interesting and in a perfect world I'd take a four weeks off work and hire a beach house and just read and walk. Can't complain - the upside of communting into town each day means I get two cosy hours on the train.

Reading this made me feel a bit better. I've never been that bad.

So right now, this is what I can't wait to either continue with, start or finish:
Florence Broadhurst by Helen O'Neill

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

The Ruins by Scott Smith

Voices From Slavery ed Norman Yetman

Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn


Anonymous said...

A beach house with nothing to do but read and walk. My perfect holiday.

weirdbunny said...

I haven't read any of those, you'll have to give us a book review.

weirdbunny said...

Have put all the stuff you sent me on my blog today - Julia x

bluerain said...

Just wanted to say that 'To Kill A Mockingbird' is one of my favorite books as well. I recently read it again and then watched the movie, again...always transports me to a place out of the ordinary in which to reflect...thanks for the reminder

Deborah said...

Try Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier, a study in human nature during the US Civil War. There's American Pastoral, by Phillip Roth, another study in human nature. Finally, Toni Morrison's Beloved - a complicated and richly detailed story of a woman and her life after slavery - don't bother with the movie.

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