Thursday, 18 July 2013

What I'm reading...

Books have always been an important part of my life right from when I was a little girl and loved reading favourites like the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mr Men, Madeline, The Giant Jam Sandwich, Dr Seuss and so many more. Today I love seeing my own children reading these very same books.

I then moved on to reading Judy Blume ( who remembers these books! ) Sidney Sheldon, Virginia Andrews to name just a few.

As an adult I've enjoyed reading a vast variety of books covering  many topics.
Some of my all time favourite authors are  Marian Keyes, Penny Vincenzzi and Paulina Simons. I have too many favourite books to name but some of the stand outs are The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon,

One of my first jobs was in a book store and many years on I continued this tradition by again working casually in my local book store after my son was born.

I'm now very lucky to be a part of a book cub, a group of beautiful, smart and warm women who I met through my son's school. We meet up monthly and discuss our chosen book - what we liked about it, the style, plot, ending etc. We also share many other stories about our lives, all over a glass of wine and delicious nibbles.

Our current book is Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, an Australian author whose first book  has shot to fame. It's an interesting story based on a true one about the last person executed in Iceland in the 1800's.

I'm really looking forward to our next book which is The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid.

What I love most about book club is that I've read many books that I would never contemplate reading. I'd love to hear what your favourites are.

Natasha xo

This months book club book 


  1. What would we do without our books. I'm afraid a kindle would never work for me. There is something intimate and evocative about handling a book, whether brand new or read by hundreds of others.Having worked in the publishing industry for many years, books will always be an integral part of my life for enjoyment and knowledge. I am an avid reader of non fiction. In fact my favorite book of all time (this will surprise)is A.B.Facey's 'A Fortunate Life'
    I have a passion for armchair travel, especially of course those with an Italian flavor.And talking of flavor can cook books be included? I read these, as novels, and use each and every one, commenting about the end result or changes I have made on the recipe page in my unruly style of writing.
    For me, there is nothing more sleep inducing than a great book, read under the covers, a wonderful childhood experience- re lived, just Tim Parks instead of Enid Blyton tells the story.
    We need to preserve our books also, not just for the next generation but for our own pleasure and sometimes amusement. 'Europe On $5 A Day' still holds pride of place on my shelves!
    Ciao ciao

  2. I totally agree and could never replace books with a kindle. I love choosing and buying a book, flicking through it and reading about the author, even smelling the pages.
    I love a Fortunate Life too, so many wonderful books and I wish I could have listed them all! x

  3. I'm still yet to join the book club here in the town that I've moved to. Fingers crossed it's a good one! The last one I was a part of, I wasn't even able to attend much. I was mostly at work, even though the 'meetings' were held at my work (good old Borders). I hope your choice for this month is a good read!

    1. Hi Toni. I'm thoroughly enjoying Burial Rites, it's very well written. Hoping to finish it this weekend.Good luck with joining your book club and let us know what you're reading! Natasha