Thursday, 9 February 2012

What are you reading?



In the past few weeks, besides the odd lovely magazine I've had my head buried in a stack of books for work.  As an English Literature teacher, I suppose it seems pretty natural really and it seems every time I look at my desk the pile grows even bigger.  I begin each year teaching Atonement to my Year 12 Literature class and every year I find something new and incredible within it's pages.  It really is an remarkable novel.  I'm always after fun ways to get my students inspired to write and Keri Smithand Natalie Goldberg are never short of wonderful and creative ideas. Also on the list, a few Australian plays, a little T.S Eliot and yes, I am tackling The Odyessy and The Iliad.  Greek Tragedy is a little out of my comfort zone,  so wish me luck!

Being the book worm that I am, I'm always looking for something new to read, so I'd love to know what you are reading at the moment.  Books, magazines, new blogs you're loving.  I'd love to compile a little list for anyone short of something delightful to read, so I can't wait to hear all about your current favourites.

Much Love
xxx 

38 comments:

  1. I just finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Now I feel lost in the present. Lol!

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  2. I'm reading IT by Stephen King,really great book!

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  3. over the summer I read The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi and Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by the Countess of Carnarvon. Both brilliant reads :)

    PS. have been reading your blog for a couple of months now and I love it :)

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    1. Oh my gosh, the Windup Girl was amazing! I'm also currently reading The Crow Road by Iain Banks.

      In terms of recommendations? Anything by Vonnegut. The City and The City by China Mieville. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. A million, squillion other books - I could take over your whole blog ;)

      Also, I see the play of Cloudstreet in your pile - I assume you've read the book? It's one of my favourites - and since we studied it for the HSC and I still love it, that's saying something :)

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  4. I'm in-between books at the moment but my most recent reads were The Hunger Games series and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. So so good!

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  5. Ohhhh The Odyssey! Reminds me of year 12 classics. Good times.
    I love Jilly Cooper. Whats better than getting lost in a stunning english backdrop, where only pretty and handsome people live? Nothing I say!

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  6. My attention span is the size of a peanut so I stick to newspapers and blogs (which is a good thing for you). They're stories or blurbs are short enough to capture my attention and get the point across.

    Sincerely ALWAYS,
    Maddie

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  7. I'm reading A Short History of the World by E.H. Gombrich which is an easy read but quite fascinating.

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  8. I've been meaning to read Atonement for a while. I saw the movie a couple of years ago and thought is was awesome. Adding that to my to-read list!

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  9. Now I´m reading The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart :)

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    1. I love the Mary Stewart Arthurian books! Enjoy

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  10. Just finished the woman in black last sunday, and currently reading a clash of kings from the saga a song of ice and fire (games of thrones) which i love it already, well the book 1 a games of thrones is really good.
    About the woman in black, i kind of like it but i have this feeling that the movie is going to be quite different

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  11. I'm reading Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I like to keep a good variety of books to read! Love this post and the comments.

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  12. I'm currently reading The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. It's interesting so far and not what I expected but it is well written. It's been a while since I've read Canadian lit. Do you have any good Aussie lit recommendations?

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  13. I'm reading "The Decision" by Penny Vincenzi - love her books, this newest one is just as good as all of the others that she's written.

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  14. I adore the Odyssey though I've never been as fond of the Iliad, it's still wonderful. One of the most recent books I have read was 'Letters from an Unknown Woman' which turned out to be a very interesting and surprisingly good read. I would suggest Kockroach by Tyler Knox as it is a very quirky take on the Metamorphosis by Kafka and flipped into a 1950's comedic journey of a cockroach turning into a man and climbing the ranks of the mob.

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  15. I'm currently reading Clash of Kings, the second in the Fire and Ice series. Along with Social Problems text book I have to read for Sociology.

    I love Clash of Kings, the whole Fire and Ice series is wonderful! If you get a chance to read it I think you should!

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    1. I'm done reading the first book- Game of Thrones. I'm still waiting for my copy of Clash of Kings at my fav bookstore. They always ran out of stocks. I really can't wait to read the continuation.

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  16. Summer is my reading season!! It's the only time of year when I have a little more time to read, so I tend to go a little crazy with the reading. Soooo, (in order of favourite to least), I have recently read, A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemmingway, A Room With a View by E.M. Forster, The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano, The Little Friend by Donna Tartt and A Spy in the House of Love by Anais Nin. !!

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  17. I have just finished the norwegian novel "The faster I walk, the smaller I am" by Kjersti Annesdotter Skomsvold

    http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/norge/skomsvk.htm

    It's about an old lady being afraid of death, but more afraid of living life. And now she is beginning to worry that she will die without noone ever knowing about her existence. It is a truly remarkable, funny, petite and wellwritten book to pick up when your reading inspiration needs lifting!

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  18. Ohh, I want to read Atonement so badly! <3 I wept my way through the movie - I don't know how I could handle the book!

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  19. I have just finished Atonement. Literally - yesterday.

    As an English/English Lit teacher currently enjoying being a stay-at-home-mum I have made it my goal to read the entire VCE English and English Lit reading list before I return to teaching in the next 2-4 years. It's actually quite a good project for me - forcing me to read things I wouldn't otherwise read, and also giving me a good grounding for my return to teaching.

    I'm starting with the novels and think I might tackle Frankenstein next. I only started this year and have read Life of Pi (Yann Martel), Wanting (Richard Flanagan) and now Atonement.

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  20. Just read and cannot forget, Angela's ashes by Franck Mccourt.
    What a story, brought me right back to my own childhood.

    x

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  21. Talking about books is possibly my favourite thing to do.
    I recently read a New Zealand play called 'Ophelia Thinks Harder'. It's a feminist version of Hamlet and was v interesting. Do you have a Goodreads? I'd love to add you. :)

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  22. I just finished reading the 'Harp in the South', followed by 'Poor Man's Orange' and then 'Missus'. They are not presented in that order in the Trilogy version, but that is the way I read them the first time and the order in which they were written. I have read them all three times now, starting when I was about 11 or 12 years old- wonderful stories that drag you into the 1940's in Sydney and lives of the the Darcy family.

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  23. My blog covers book reviews so feel free to look at it for inspiration! I read all types of genres and absolutely love reading.

    I'm jealous of your job btw! Being an English Lit teacher sounds great!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

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  24. I bought Atonement at an oppie yesterday! How funny. I'm reading I Can Jump Puddles at the moment and it's SOOOO lovely. I wish I had read it as a child, but I do remember seeing the mini-series when I was a child. I didn't know it was based on a book - so bad.

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    1. I'm definitely buying my own copy of Atonement. Can't wait to read it. I have heard a lot of good review about it.

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  25. I'm currently reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. My first book this year. Atonement is on my list of books to read too. :)

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    1. You should read "Death in Pemberley" by PD James when you're finished. It's a murder mystery sequal to P&P and is really good!

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  26. Poets & Writers is always a great magazine when I'm feeling less-than-inspired. And right now I'm reading Lily Tuck's novel, I married you for happiness. It is nothing short of moving and amazing.

    Happy reading!

    Mel

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  27. I am back and forth between Doc, a historical fiction book about the life of Doc Holliday by Mary Doria Russell. Great book! My daughter is obsessed with Harry Potter, (she is 17 and asked for a full size cardboard cut out of Severus Snape for Christmas...yeah.) so I have a goal to read all of the Harry Potter books this year. (Also one of my Eager-Beaver.com bucket list items) I am only on the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone but I am really enjoying it. I am a little blown away by the imagination of J.K. Rowling.

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  28. Hi, Sophie! I have a blog about books, but it´s written in portuguese... I would recomend "The distant hours", by Kate Morton. It´s marvelous!
    Right now I´m reading "Marina", by spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

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  29. Well, currently, I am reading short stories that are edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. But I would rather recommend you to read "Natural Flights of the Human Mind" by Clare Morrall or another one of her masterpiece "Astonishing Splashes of Colours". I think both these books are remarkable. You should give it a read!

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  30. Good luck with Homer! I started the Illiad a year or so ago... and haven't quite made it back. However, it was not as difficult/scary as I had imagined, it was just a really big oversized book and difficult to lug around (lesson learnt).

    Currently reading Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Intriguing with slightly challenging themes about gods of old (think Odin, etc) and 'new' gods (think TV, computers, etc).

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  31. I'm reading "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham at the moment, and I think next will be "The Virgin Suicides" by Jeffrey Eugenides or "Nights at the Circus" by Angela Carter. I'm doing well with my New Years Resolution of a book a week, I actually read eleven books in January!

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  32. I just finished:
    Elizabetn the Queen - Alison Weir
    Reading:
    The book of lost things - John Connolly
    The high window - Raymond Chandler

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  33. I can't recommend enough 'One day I will write about this place' by Binyavanga Wainaina. It's a memoir of his childhood and early adulthood in Kenya, Uganda and in South Africa. It's brilliantly written- pointed, comic, ridiculous, harsh and tragic. Wainana wrote a brilliant Granta article a few years ago- How to write about Africa (http://www.granta.com/Archive/92/How-to-Write-about-Africa/Page-1). I really enjoy the wit in his work. Kenya has some really amazing writers working at the moment, but Wainaina is such a stand-out. So incredible.

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Thank you for stopping by! ~ I just love receiving your comments! I'll be sure to pop by your place too. Much love ~ Sophie x