As a baby, my mum used to put me on the potty to read books. I guess that’s a form of toilet training?! I have always gained a lot of enjoyment out of it (reading, not the potty, just to be clear). Now, as part of my ‘live a life I’m truly happy with‘ I’m making more time to fall into the pages of books. Especially at lunchtime when I get 30mins at home between my paid job and picking up kids. It’s not hard, books a like an addiction for me anyway.
One of my most visited websites has to be Book Depository. I’ve been a regular shopper over there for years – the irony does not escape me that it’s cheaper to buy books and have them shipped half way around the world from the UK for less than half of what I’d pay retail here in NZ! It’s crazy, but I’m all about a bargain so online book buying for me it is. Again and again. I’m old school, I have tried eBooks but it just doesn’t feel right.
I thought I’d share a few books on my read and to-read piles. An eclectic mix of titles to be sure! I do love hearing other people talking about books and often buy titles based on what I read in blogs. Don’t be looking for official reviews, just my #keepingitreal thoughts…
Lately I’ve Read…
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
I first read To Kill a Mockingbird for High School English (so a couple of decades ago, sshhhhhhh!). I remember that I enjoyed it but was really keen to read it again from an adult perspective. I’m so glad I did. It definitely has to be on my all-time top 10 because reading as an adult, I understand what a rich novel this truly is. Harper Lee’s language is stunning and her character development just brilliant. I never forgot protagonist and storyteller Scout, but it was a joy to get to know her, and her family again. This is a fairly simple story that tackles serious themes of racism, social separation, prejudice, justice, good vs evil, and acceptance of difference. Atticus Finch, Scout’s father and a key character is a wise teacher: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it”. He was ahead of his time, his lessons are there for us all to learn…
Heaven Is For Real – Todd Burpo
My daughter brought home the children’s version of this book from the school library which prompted me to read the full text – that and I always like to read the book before I see the movie. I found this to be a really well told story of one family’s account with ‘the other side’. For me, it didn’t challenge my beliefs, but it did make me think a little deeper, especially hearing this from a child’s perspective and having recently said farewell a very young family friend from this earth. All in all, an easy and enjoyable read. It’s non-confrontational and I would suggest suitable for anyone who is in any way interested in what happens after this life.
Bridge To Haven – Francine Rivers
I love Francine Rivers and I’m always excited to pick up one of her new novels. This was no exception! The story centers around a girl and the extensive searching she needs to travel (physically, emotionally and spiritually) to find herself in God. True to form, we do wind to a fairly predictable conclusion but the journey there is full of lessons for the characters and ourselves. Another quick enjoyable read.
On My bedside Table:
The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom
Looking forward to reading the words of this super-inspiring woman who was a hero, sacrificing her own safety to keep her Jewish friends safe from the Nazi’s, ultimately landing herself in concentration camps.
My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece – Anabel Pitcher
The review I read ended with “In conclusion, I reiterate: Read this book. You will not regret it. (You might cry though.)”. It sounds intriguing. My Sister is about a family learning to deal with loss in the aftermath of Terrorist attacks in London, which I’m sure will bring in tears and some touchy themes. I’m in…
Whatever After Series – Sarah Mlynowski
This is a new series I’ve stumbled on which seems to mix up the well-known fairy tales a bit. The first book in the series is winging its way to me, if it’s any good it will appear in my daughter’s (age 7) Christmas package (my kids ALWAYS get books).
The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
This book is set in Rome. I love Rome. But I think it was this line in the overview that tipped me over to buying it: “The Imperfectionists touches on the fall of newspapers and the rise of technology but, above all, it is a wise and moving novel about unusual, endearing characters”.
Shantanaram – Gregory David Roberts
Recommended to me by the lovely Amanda, a fellow blogger, I’m pretty sure she said something like this being one of the best books she’d read in a long time. Starting in Australian (close to home for me) the story moves to India where it seems to introduce a truly rich, international cast. I’m excited by this one.
So there you go, a random lot. I’ll keep you posted on the ‘to read’ books in the future. With summer holidays coming up (four weeks of work and counting…) I anticipate a bit more reading time. A good thing that, there are still 28 books on my Book Depository wish list!
I’d love to hear what you think of any of these books, or, if based on these, you can think of any others I might like…