Friday, 25 November 2011

What are you reading?

Right now I'm dreaming about the Christmas holidays, a whole summer to catch up on a years worth of reading.  Being an English and Literature teacher, people always imagine I spend my life with my nose in a book, but it seems what I spend much of my time reading for work and University rather than for pleasure.  So right now I'm compiling a summer reading list and I'd love your help. What are you reading right now? What have you loved this year? What's the best book you have ever read?

 I'd love to hear all about your literary favourites and can't wait to put together my reading list.
Happy Friday!

Much Love

PS. Happy Thanksgiving to all my lovely American friends. I do hope you have a beautiful day celebrating with you family and friends.

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  1. There's a series called The Sunday Philosophy Club written by Alexander McCall Smith (wrote the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series) which is set in Edinburgh and centres around a lady philosopher and the way ethics affect her daily life. I've been savouring my way through those recently!

    Though my favourite read of late has been The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, it's a beautiful book and has all the elements of mystery, romance and fantasy you could ever need :-)

    Jem xXx

  2. For a great summer read I often go back to A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. Only problem is I spend the next couple of months dreaming about moving to France *sigh*. I am currently reading the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. Very light hearted and fun (not quite as dramatic as the TV series True Blood that has been adapted from the books) Happy reading!

  3. I Capture the Castle, if you have not read it, do, you would love it x x x

  4. the doctors wife, alice i have been, and white oleander are all amazing books! happy thursday!!

  5. hello!! i've read some great books recently... i also loved the night circus...and i loved the marriage plot by jeffrey eugenedes,daughter of smoke and bone by Laini Taylor, THe language of Flowers by Vanessa diffenbaugh, therese raquin by emile zola. i;m also in the middle of murakami's 1Q84 which is really great. hurray i love books and book lists.x

  6. Over the last few years three books have stood out for me.....Time Traveller's Wife, One Day and Wicked.....dont care that they're extremely popular, I still love them!

    I'm also a big Kate Morton fan, so would highly recommend any of her books if you've not already read them.

    My favourite books from childhood would have been anything written by Noel Stretfield....and actually having reread them as an adult, they do stand up against some of the modern fiction of today because they're well written!

  7. I'm reading the Orla Kiley Pattern book. For like the third time. It's my favorite and oh so inspiring. xo, rv

  8. My absolute favourite books are a series written by Paullina Simons: "The Bronze Horseman", "The Bridge to Holy Cross" and "The Summer Garden". I never re-read books, but I always come back to these three! Love them xo

  9. I'm working my way through Part 1 of The Complete Sherlock Holmes. I have to make sure I'm up to date when the new series of BBC's Sherlock comes out; it's a more modernized version of the stories and it's so brilliantly written!

  10. Anything by the aussie John Baxter- ie Cooking for Claudine (about fitting in with his wife's French family via food), and the one about his book dealing days (forgot the title)-both funny and facinating x

  11. the hunger games series (got to keep up with the students - hehe), the bronze horseman, 19 minutes by jodi picoult, tomorrow when the war began series, we need to talk about kevin, one day, alice in wonderland (my absolute favourite) and into the wild! would love any book recommendations you have...

    have a great weekend - Kel x

  12. I just finished Edith Wharton's 'The House of Mirth'. I have read it before but even though I knew the story I still couldn't hold back the sobs at the end. It is such a fabulous read.

  13. Right now I'm reading The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins. I highly recommend it. A wonderful detective story and I heard somewhere that it's one of the first with a lady detective. Such a great read.

  14. I have one I am planning to read soon: Charles Fraizer's _Nightwoods_. I loved both Cold Mountain and 13 Moons and have really high hopes for this one. All of his books take place in America's Appalacian mountain region of North Carolina and are rich in imagery and cultural history.

  15. Currently enjoying The Lost Art of Gratitude by Alexander McCall Smith - in the series mentioned above by Jem. It's great.

    Just finished Half The Sky by Nicholas D Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (Knopf). This is a must- read for anyone interested in sex-slavery issues. It would make a great Year 12 study.

    In a similar vein, The Road of Lost Innocence, by Somaly Mam ( translated from the French).

    Anything by John Le Carre ( the spy writers' spy writer) if you like sophisticated spy stuff.. The Honourable Schoolboy
    Stands out.

    Happy reading...from a fellow reader in Thailand.

  16. The book "quo vadis" henryk sienkiewicz! If you haven't read it yet, you should! it's amazing!! :)

  17. Ooh, I am in the exact same position so lovely post- am going to read through and pinch some ideas too hehe!

    What I have managed to read for fun and would recommend: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini taylor (a student recommended- excellent!), The Paris Wife (Paula McLain), Kazuo Ishiguro 'Nocturnes' and have re-read 'The Guernsey Literary and POtato Peel Society' which has come with me round the world and is lovely :)


  18. I'm currently reading "The Best of Everything" by Rona Jaffe, and before that was Martin Millar's "The Good Fairies of New York". They're both worth a shot!

  19. Two of the most haunting books I've read in the last year were Maggie O'Farrell's The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox and Room by Anna Donoghue. You think about the characters for so long after you've finished the books.
    Favourite read this year was Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
    And if your after humour love Fidelis Morgan and Janet Evanovich.


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