Monday, 13 October 2008

Day 13: This current reading material

I am a voracious reader. I have been known to read jam jars and cereal packets just to have something to read. I used to never, ever leave the house without reading material, and would often have several books on the go at once. I used to go to bed early just so I had more reading time, and a "sleep in" was just an excuse to stay in bed in the morning to read.

Now that my reading time is severely curtailed, and is usually about 20 minutes in bed before lights out (much to Beloved's disgruntlement), I usually only have one book on the go at once, although the queue is always long. Bed-time reading is essential to me though; I simply cant get into bed and turn out the light. I need to quieten my brain with some words on the page.

I also have a a pile of mags each month too, usually food ones, that I have in the living room to leaf through whenever there's a spare few minutes (preferably with a cup of tea and a nice biscuit or two!).

So here's the list, top to bottom:

Things I Learned from Knitting and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off, both by Stephanie Pear-McPhee, aka the Yarn Harlot. Bells was kind enough to lend me both these books, and I dip into them every few days for a page or two.

The Fourth Bear, by Jasper Fforde. Also lent to me by a friend. I love Fforde's unique and quirky fiction; he comes up with completely left-field characters and plots, and draws in dozens of obscure literary references. This is the second book in the Nursery Crimes series, and I'm not quite so enamoured of this series as I am of his first, the Thursday Next series. This is mu current read.

Carpentaria, by Alexis Wright. It won the 2007 Miles Franklin literary award. Also lent to me by a friend. Haven't started it yet; my friend says it's hard going by worthwhile. Might save it for when I'm not so tired.

The Messenger and The English Assasin, both by Daniel Silva. My read of choice these days is crime fiction, and Silva is my latest find. I quite like reading a series from start to finish, watching how the lead character develops. In these books, Gabriel Allon is an Israeli spy, who is supposed to be retired and living in Venice as an art restorer. He of course keeps getting called back into service. So kind of thriller-intrigue. Good switching-off reads, but the Jewish history component is quite compelling. These two are next off the rank once The Fourth Bear is done.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. I loved Bryson's early travel works, although once he hit the Big Time they became less appalling - more kind of "trash the locals" than quirkily observant. Another one lent by a friend, I dip into this now and then as I'm not so much of a non-fiction reader these days.

Finally, my mags for the month: Australian Good Taste, BBC Good Food, Super Food Ideas and Interweave Knits. Yes, I do love reading about food (there is often a cookbook beside my bed but I took the most recent back to the library on the weekend). I cook maybe a half-a-dozen recipes from each mag each month, and many of them go into rotation. I have an extensive library these days and they're constantly being dragged out to find past recipes. Although I do tend to go to Taste in the first instance since this is where most of the recipes reside online.

Thanks to threebuttons for hosting and to My Champagne Dreams for this week's ace topic!

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Rose Red said...

Interesting about reading before bed - instead of calming me, I find it often keeps me awake - all those extra words swirling around in my head.

MissK said...

Thanks for reminding me I need to read at least one book by Bill Bryson.

Jejune said...

I'm reading Bill Bryson's book about English, "Mother Tongue", at the moment. Brilliant book - he's a great writer, isn't he!

kms said...

how great is it when friends LEND you things? esp books. carpentaria is hard but worth it but you need time to dedicate to it and stay in the groove for a while.

2paw said...

I've read BB's Mother Tongue, Shakespeare and History of Everything. I like them, I'm not such a fan of his earlier books. I love reading cookbooks in bed too. Last night I read Nigella's Feast and a AWW Christmas book. I got my Australian BBC food today. Yum. Too many nice things. I always read before bed!!!

Bells said...

I'm with you on the bedtime reading. Sometimes even just staring tiredly at the page is enough. I know someone who said she hoped to God neither she nor her husband ever took to reading in bed because she knew it would be a sign of the end of their marriage. She thinks couples reading side by side in bed is somehow wrong. I don't get that.

Anyway, great list. We enjoyed the dip into crime fiction you got us onto so far, so I'll take more tips from you!

Happy to LEND you stuff anytime. :-)

amy said...

I'm the same way with reading, even down to the cereal boxes!! I think Vaughan is heading in the same direction. Of course, I set a bad example by reading at the table all the time. Or maybe it's a good example? Depends on how you look at it.

I like to read before bed, too. I'm at a loss if I don't have anything to read. It's harder to fall asleep.

Geek Knitter said...

Another voracious reader checking in. I've read cereal boxes too, and on one particularly desperate morning, old shopping lists. I read cookbooks like novels, cover to cover.

Alwen said...

I like Thursday Next, too. I don't think I've seen the Nursery ones yet.

I got in trouble with our son the other day for giving him cereal and putting the box back! Looks like another voracious reader in the family.

(Currently re-reading Travels in West Africa, myself.)