Friday, 31 July 2009

My new blog, and my reading history

Well, I decided that I would start this to record the books I read, the books I want to read, the books on the TBR (to be read) pile and generally to talk about all wonderful bookish things.

I am not a small time reader. I learned to read from my Mum's homemade flashcards that were kept in an old tobacco tin, I think I was about three when I first began to read. By the time I was five or six I was reading Enid Blyton's Famous Five books (infact, pretty much any Enid Blyton books-I loved the old Dean hardbacks the best) and not long after that I read the Narnia books for the first time.

In recent years I have read on average 65-70 books a year. Except for 2007 when I was pregnant which seemed to seriously affect my ability to look at the printed word for some reason! My goal for the start of this year was to read 100 books, and that at least 15 of them would be from the '1001 books you must read before you die' list (google it if you are interested!). I'm on track for that so far :)

I get most of my books from charity shops, the library or from two fabulous book swap websites- and . Currently I have about 200 books TBR and a 'wishlist' of around 370 more that I want to get hold of, although this is ever growing....

I have been keeping a very brief book journal since February 2006, and flicking through it now I have been reminded of some of my favourite books of the last few years...
Tuesdays with Morrie- Mitch Albom
Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne
A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens
A Thousand Spledid Suns- Khalid Hosseini
84 Charing Cross Road- Helene Hanff
Pink for a Girl- Isla McGuckin
Goodnight, Mr Tom- Michelle Magorian
Twilight- Stephenie Meyer
Nineteen Minutes- Jodi Picoult
Pay It Forward-Catherine Ryan Hyde
I Capture the Castle- Dodie Smith
We Need to Talk about Kevin- Lionel Shriver
Of Mice and Men-John Steinbeck
How to be Lost- Amanda Eyre Ward
Babycatcher- Peggy Vincent

So, onto what I am reading now!

My current read is Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks, which was loaned to me by a friend a bit back when I decided to try a bit more non-fic. I am enjoying it, and finding it an entertaining concept (men do the strangest things!), but for some reason it isn't grabbing me enough to make me want to sit down and devour it in one sitting. It is a 'by the side of the bed' book for me at the moment.