Monday, 18 February 2013

What Are You Reading?

For the first time in almost as long as I can remember, I finally have the opportunity to read purely for the sheer delight of enjoying a good book and oh goodness, my reading list is brimming with titles.  I've decided to stretch my literary muscles and choose a few different genres and I'm loving scouring the shelves for new to me titles and delightful recommendations.   Right now, inspired by the Free People book club, I've just started reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and I'm spellbound.  It's a truly life changing read and I'm looking forward to joining in with the book club meetings soon.  I'm also reading Australian author, Isolde Martyn's new novel, Mistress of the Crown a vivid and beautiful written story, which I'm looking forward to reviewing soon.  And my bedside books stack would not be complete without the lastest issue of Frankie, the perfect companion (along with a big cup of peppermint tea) for a rainy evening like this one.     

So I'd love to know what you're reading at the moment and what you've enjoyed of late too, so I know what to add to my reading list next. 

Much Love and Happy Reading!
xxx

23 comments:

  1. Hi Sophie, I've loved a few books recently... 'Before I go to Sleep' by SJ Watson is fantastic. 'Where'd you go Bernadette' by Maria Semple is hilarious. And 'A short history of tractors in Ukranian' by Marina Lewkyca is also very funny indeed. I've written reviews on them on my blog, there's a book review section. There's nothing like immersing yourself in a wonderful read is there! Happy Monday to you :-)

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  2. I am trying to read the Power of Now too Sophie, struggling a little though I must admit. I am also reading Edible Selby which is full of so much inspiration I go into overdrive every time I pick it up, it is amazing x

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  3. The Power of Now is an incredible read, I have a much loved copy that like many books in that genre I take to with a pencil whilst I read. I make notes in the white spaces, underline poignant messages that I feel speak to me. It's one of those books in my collection that is often on loan to someone despite my personal ramblings strewn throughout the pages.

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  4. i love getting recommendations for books.
    I am re-reading one of my favourites-I dream of Africa...beautiful

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  5. I love your pretty cup! I'm currently reading 'Word Freak' by Stefan Fatsis about the competitive world of Scrabble :) Hoping to pick up tips so I can beat my husband- as a journalist I find it incredibly galling to be beaten at it by anyone even though I'm actually completely crap at it! I aim to review it when I finish- enjoy your reads!

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  6. I can't wait to read for fun. I'm doing English at University and am constantly reading what I'm told to read. Sometimes you get a book you really like. At the moment i'm reading George Pelecanos 'hard Revolution', nothing like a good crime book! Enjoy your reading freedom.

    Rachael xx.

    http://theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. This year, stand out reads for me have been Life of Pi and When God was a Rabbit. So, so good!!

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  8. Thanks for the recommendations! I've just finished Lisa See's newest novel, Dreams of Joy. If you haven't given her a try, do so...you won't be disappointed. Start with "Shanghai Girls", because the new book continues the story.

    So many books, not enough time.

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  9. I have a list as long as my assignment list for the next 2 years! Right now I'm labouring through War and Peace (which is great sometimes and like watching paint dry at other times), I'm almost finished with Watership Down by Richard Adams. I've also started reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan to go with my Bible reading!

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  10. I'm always reading something. Right now I just started Priscilla's Promise by L.T. Meade. It's one of a set of 4 books written about 100 yrs ago but re-written for today. I think it's called The Victorian Bookshelf series. I didn't like the earlier book by LT Meade very much but I loved the others in the series so I'm hoping this one will be good.

    I'm also just starting 'Choose Joy because happiness isn't enough' by Kay Warren. It's actually a homework assignment for a women's group that I help lead. The leaders of the group read one book a year to try to improve our group. We're reading this one now & in June we'll meet to plan our events for the following year, hopefully finding some good insight from this book to put into practise.

    I too have a huge list of magazines that I read, cooking, homemaking, gardening, current events....I am reading something from these every day as well.

    Love hearing about what you're reading.

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  11. I might have to read the Tolle book.
    I just finished Looking for Alaska by John Green. It was heartbreaking but powerful, definitely a new favourite.

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  12. Strangely, I found "the host", by Stephenie Meyer, really intriguing.

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  13. I'm reading On The Road by Jack Kerouac. I'm loving it. Makes me want to go on a road trip.
    Before that, I read The Catcher in the Rye. I also liked it a lot.
    Happy reading!

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  14. I am always reading books that take place in other countries but was pleasantly surprised by "all the rivers run" an epic story and wonderfully told it will remain one of my favourites. Two other memorable reads were "the people of the book" and "wuthering heights"..... I would love to know what your favourite books ever are as I am after a good read for our family camping trip..... Because of course there isn't much else to do while camping :-)

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  15. I just started "The Dog Stars" by Peter Heller. The writing style is unique and takes a few pages to get used to, but I'm finding it well worth the effort. It is the story of a man and his dog in a post-apocalyptic world, looking for hope and love in death and devastation. I can't wait to finish it!

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  16. Try John Green (Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars are the two I really enjoyed, the others not so much) if you haven't. Anything by Murakami is wonderful, but Kafka on the Shore is my favourite (Norwegian Wood as well). I recently finished the Millenium Trilogy by Larsson and though I am not a fan of crimi stories, this really got to me, I read so fast and couldn't put it down. :)
    I will definitely have a look at The Power of Now, it looks like a nice book and there is never a to-read list too long :)

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  17. I would love to read some books for pleasure, I've been reading lots and lots of academic books for my essays and have had hardly any time for other reading. The last book I finished was On The Road by Jack Keroauc, I'm in the middle of An Abundance of Katherine's by John Green and the next one I want to read is East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
    xo Natasha
    http://thenightiswild.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. I use to read so much but over the years it's taken a back seat as other things have been a priority in my life. Which… makes me sad and recently I've started to try and correct this and make time for a little bit of book love in my life.

    I just read Molly Keane's 'Good Behaviour' and I'm about to start a Kerry Greenwood 'Miss Fisher' book which I've been wanting to try for ages but only just came across a copy in an op shop the other day :)

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  19. I spend the whole of January reading just for pleasure (you can see my reads in my Goodreads widget on my blog - there were a few gems!) and currently I am re-reading Pride & Prejudice. And loving it! Every spellbinding sentence.

    I'll add the Tolle book to my 'to read' list... it does sound enlightening. Although with Uni starting up next week I think I will be reading more for learning (which for me equates to pleasure anyway!).

    I've just checked out the link to the 'free people book club'... oh my. I think I'll spending a bit of time over there...

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  20. Hurray for fund reading! Everything slows down during term time but someone recently lent me The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry and it is lovely so far! Off to look up those books now...love some good book recommendations :)

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  21. You should definitely add The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. I absolutely loved it. I have so many books on my to read list, but those will have to wait because I have a class list that I must busy myself with. -.- I really want to read An Underachiever's Diary by Benjamin Anastas and Submarine by Joe Dunthorne. But sadly those books will have to wait. >.<

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  22. :)! I like your style . . . . .I'm currently also reading Frankie and The Power of Now. And another truly inspirational book that I'm almost finished that I'm sure you'd love is The Saint, The Surfer and the CEO.

    Much Love. Shelley http://www.selectlearningnet.blogspot.net.au

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  23. I just finished The Celestine Prophecy, give it a try, it's a very interesting book about the "new consciousness"

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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 and vintage dreams ~ Sophie x