I love reading. Something I wrote in the 'atheist' thread prompted me to open a new topic about books and reading, books we like, books we don't, etc.
The moderators said it was OK. The only problem is that the poetry section
NOVEMBER 2012 has fallen off the first page onto the second. I don't think many people look at anything other than page one so perhaps opening 'NOVEMBER 2012 extra' on page one will/would help.
I hope that makes sense!
I went to visit Lincoln a few weeks ago and found myself in a Book Shop! I can't resist book shops! I bought two books (buy one get the other half price). I have finished them both.
THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern
THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED by
I enjoyed them both. My measure of this is the fact that I kept on reading them and would recommend them to others. Both were a bit out of the ordinary and quite intriguing. In places - excellent, in other places a bit disappointing. Like most books I suppose.
The Hundred Year Old Man had me giggling and laughing in places although the humour died a bit in the middle and resumed a little at the end. It had you wondering what on earth would happen next.
The Night Circus was a fascinating idea and had some wonderful descriptions of the settings.
I am now going to start reading a book which has been lent to me.
A House in the High Hills by Selina Scott (remember her?)
Three books I strongly recommend are The Island, The Return and The Thread all by Victoria Hislop. She has a bit of a formula for writing but I don't want to read any more like these even though I enjoyed them.
I love the escapism involved when truly engrossed in a book.To me it takes me away to a calmer place.Provokes thoughts,passions,emotions.You can become or empathise with one or each of the characters.Yet are still able to put it down,walk away and know it is not really happening.Except in your own personal interpretation and processing of the details contained within.
Like yourself Lin,I feel drawn towards the unusual,the emotional and perhaps the enlightening.What do we each get out of a book?Well that depends on us each individually,that can vary greatly.
If you are looking for"faith"in a feel good factor,not ramming religion down your throat sort of way.Try any of these Three books by Mitch Albom
"The Five people you meet in heaven"
"Tuesdays with Morrie"
"Have a little faith"
If you are looking for something unusually disturbing,yet real(it happens),try
"Living dead Girl" by Elizabeth Scott
If you are looking for something unusually compelling,something which is more a woman's read perhaps.With a touch of romance,yet not mills and boon type romance,try
"The Woman on the bus" by Pauline Mclynn(you may recognise her name as an actress in "Father Ted")
Well there are a few for now,from me.I tend to read a lot more than penning poetry these days.If anybody has read any of them I would be interested to know your views.
Will keep a look out for the titles you have mentioned Lin.
All the best
slightly of subject
pauline mclynn is a revelation http://paulinemclynn.com/site/
she's so unlike the father ted character
(i know...its all pretend, but she's soooo different)
Mrs. Doyle: There's always time for a nice cup of tea. Sure, didn't the Lord himself pause for a nice cup of tea before giving himself up for the world.
Father Ted Crilly: No, he didn't, Mrs Doyle!
Mrs. Doyle: Well, whatever the equivalent they had for tea in those days, cake or something. And speaking of cake, I have cake!
[She holds up a cupcake]
Father Ted Crilly: No, thanks, Mrs. Doyle.
Mrs. Doyle: Are you sure, Father? There's cocaine in it!
Father Ted Crilly: WHAT?
Mrs. Doyle: Oh, no, not cocaine. God, what am I on about? No, what d'you call them. Raisins.
other quotes are tooooo rude for posting
Book club is a good idea. Personally at the moment I've read very little, as it takes me forever, eyes sore & head slow! Will think back some time on what i've read, and for now look out for some of the books mentioned here- See if I can get back into reading.
I can sympathise with anybody who finds they can't enjoy reading anymore. From being an avid reader I lost interest, found the words just danced on the page and I couldn't be bothered to concentrate.This sorry state lasted for a few years after Parkinson's diagnosis.
I don't know why, or how, that changed back again to being able to sit still and read but I think it was a book called ''Water for Elephants' that helped 'renew' my capacity for reading. Fantastic novel.
My latest read just finished.
"Light on Snow" by Anita Shreve.
May I be cheeky and promote a first novel by a friend in N.I.?
I was his first non- family buyer and the book is a really good read for just £2.05 on Amazon, but only for Kindle and iPad yet I think?
It's called " On the road to Winterhaven" by Geoff Nolan.
How refreshing to come across another thread relating to reading. A 'search' should enable you to find a long running thread 'reading' that for some reason went quite dead.
It would appear that the idea here is to recommend books that are to your own favour?
If that is case, I thoroughly condemn 'The Elephant In The Room' by Jonathan Waxman and also 'Don't Read this Book if You're Stupid' by Tibor Fischer.
No doubt both very clever, but I highly recommend anything written by Rose Tremain
I rushed in and purchased
THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED by
for the kindle, so i could read it on my iphone and laptop, and it was the cheapest option, 5.99.
Anyway I've got bogged down at chapter 4. I nearly got to the end of the second sentence when complete boredom set in.
I was enjoying it up to that point. Can you recommend a chapter i could skip to/miss out.
Thanking you in eager anticipation.
Oh dear, eck! I'm afraid I didn't consider the financial aspect of this topic. I suppose we could do the local library a favour and borrow from them. I haven't got a kindle - I wonder whether to ask for one for Christmas.
The 100 year old man is an infuriating book in many ways and I did consider putting it down for good. However, like you, I want value for money - I paid £8.99 (unless it was the one I got for half price.)
I think, if you are fed-up by page 30, you are unlikely to finish the book. However, I persevered and was rewarded at the end of chapter 10 and the elephant incident. After this - yes I can understand putting the book away.
I am beginning to struggle with the book I chose to read after 100 year old man.
Selina Scott renovating her property in Mallorca is becoming a bit tedious.
I have broken through the second sentence syndrome and found the rest of the chapter quite good. It was when they hurtle you back 100 years and then start on about the war. Ich thought 'vas ist das!" Oops. But it turned into a rip snorting good read after that.
Thank you for reminding me about the fact I paid £5.99 during this time of austerity and just before I lose all my benefits.
If you lived in the USA you can get books out the library on a kindle. Wouldn't hold my breath about the uk though. We'll be lucky to keep our libraries.
Just remembered how I love a good moan.
Which reminds me.
I was taking a shortcut through the local graveyard the other day. I heard a noise from a nearby headstone.
I said "morning"
He said no I'm just having a BLANKTY BLANK (it rhymes with sit.)
If someone is up to their eyeballs in the **it - then you must be past chapter ten!
Selina has gone to live in North Yorkshire. If she has written a book about it, I don't want to read it!
'watchin paint dry ont moors' S. Scott. ISBN zzzzzzzzzz. Publ: Random Ex-Celebs.
I've come to the conclusion that it's Fiction I can't get on with.
I've been thinking - I'm not reading like I used to, but I'm wrong.
I've just read . . . . . . . ' This garden is at it's most magical when deep in
snow. The branches of the fig tree stretch out across the vegetable patch like witches'
A Winter Nellis pear hangs from the little tree by the kitchen door, frozen on its stem.
The purple sprouting, red cabbage, artichokes and kale lie under a thick snowflake
mantle. I wake to a deep, eerie silence, the vegetables sleeping under layers of heavy
snowfall, my yew hedges and climbing roses turned into a scene from Narnia.
It's the rosehips that make my heart melt, plump amber and scarlet baubles still visible
beneath the powdery snow. The fox tracks leading from. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The author then goes on to tell us his feelings regarding 'brussels sprouts' !
Yes, you've probably guessed - I'm reading from a cookery book.
But the main thing is, I'm Reading!
Thanks to Nigel Slater, and the extract is from Tender, a cook and his vegetable patch.
I recommend if you like cooking or baking, or even if you don't.
Will no-one reply ?
I really do want to be persuaded and shown how to get the fiction reading bug again.
A week ago, I checked my book cases and saw so many I'd not read (ever)
So I decided to not get any more books out from the library, buy from charity shops or succumbed to 3 for the price of 2 in the other book shops, until I'd worked my way around those titles staring crossly at me from the shelves.
I thought my copy of 'The Great Gatsby' may be manageable.
It was a tiny paperback, 7 " x 4" , and a mere 162 pages.
If I could finish this , It would be a triumph.
But, you know ? I couldn't. I got to halfway , and that was it.
I used to like finding myself in someone else's world. Imagining how it would be to live a completely different life.
But even though the descriptions of the gorgeous mansions lining the Long Island shores were wonderful, the parties came alive in my imagination and I could feel the intrigue and mystery radiating off the central character, I couldn't sustain enough interest to keep me reading.
It's back on the shelf. I feel regret,
knowing it's there.
And now it's time to eat -- and I pick up the recipe book mentioned previously , and loose myself in an almost poetic tribute to the potato.
I must share it with readers and poets:
' The flowers of the potato, delicate petals whose stamens bunch together to form a point, are amongst the most charming in the vegetable garden.
Marie Antoinette wore them in her hair.
The flowers of the Salad Blue are perhaps the most beautiful of all, an ethereal lavender and white, with deep orange -gold stamens often heavy with pollen.
Charlotte, a soft candy pink; Kestrel, a piercing lilac and white. Summer rain and even cloud makes their flowers close and droop like a swan in repose.
As dusk falls, they gently close.
Once you have seen the delicacy of the potato's blossom you feel differently about what lies beneath the soil. In late summer, when you unearth the early , pale yellow Duke of York, the ivory skinned Pentland Javelin or the creamy Snowdrop, you do so with a certain tenderness, brushing the soil from their thin skins as gently as you might wipe the tears from a baby's cheek.
The idea of throwing them around the way Alf the greengrocer does , suddenly seems as wrong as putting a box of eggs at the bottom of your shopping bag.'
So, Scott Fitzgerald or Nigel Slater ?
You've probably guessed.
And now to cook some chips.
Still no-one has any pearls of wisdom for me ?
At least tell us who are really interested, what you've currently got on your bedside tables ?
Or has anyone bought a fiction book for a Christmas present ?
Come on ! There's several who say they love reading. Could you not share ?
nige is a poet. if he gets pd he would be great asset to poets corner, especially if he brings left-overs.
my 'toilet books' ie the ones i read occasionally, are
1) the oxford companion to philosophy, ed ted honderich. this is a brilliant book, honderich was a very relaxed editor and let the writers be themselves and opinionated. the result is an often funny book but very informative - a classic of its kind.
2) modelling the agile data warehouse with data vault by hans hultgren - a must for everyone's christmas y-fronts (its too big for a stocking). i have a signed copy!!!!
3) charlie and lola's snow is my favourite and best, last 5 pages, in different voices everynight