Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Reading my books

You have probably heard of cooking your books - no, not as in fraud, as in using your cook books! - but I don't suppose that many of you have ever actually thought of the need to read your books.  Most people have a book that they have bought, borrowed or been given and they get on and read it.  That is what I used to do.  In fact that was what I used to do on a very regular basis.

Somehow though over the last year I have got out of the habit.  Partly because I spend a lot of time reading blogs and I do more crafting than I used to, but also because instead of going to bed and reading I have been going to bed and doing puzzles - Sudoku, Crosswords etc. 

The books have still be piling up though.  I get given them and I still buy them when I see them.  The tally - at last count - was, actually, no, I cannot bear to admit to you what the tally is.  Think of a number, double it and then double it again and you might be halfway there is all I will say.  So this year I have decided that I am going to read my books.

Now, I have to say that some of the books waiting to be read are heavyweights - in terms of the writing and their literal weight - but quite a lot are light and frivolous.  So don't expect any stunning in depth book reviews here of great intellectual merit.  I will share the books though as I read them and tell you honestly what I thought.  After all, sometimes we all need to see the lighter side of life don't we!

Rather than face the whole book mountain at once I thought that I would select six books to begin with, and then I only have a little pile waiting for me!  So here are the first choices I made.

They are a mix of already being read, brand new to me - one just yesterday, from the second hand bag of books I received recently and some lighter ones too.


First in the new mini pile is this Agatha Christie.  It is called The Listerdale Mystery and comes from a bag of second hand books I was given - most of my books come to me that way.  There are twelve different cases so this should be fairly easy to read.  It isn't a Poirot or Miss Marple, so the stories will all be new to me.


Next is this Christmassy story which will no doubt be very light.  It might surprise though.  I will let you know.


As well as being given a lot of Agatha Christie books in the second hand bag recently I am also given a lot of Danielle Steel books by the same person.  I used to love reading them, but recently I have gone off them a bit so they have piled up rather.  Again, it should be a lighter read, but will be enjoyable I hope.


I love the Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella.  This is the sixth in the series where we have seen the main character, Becky, fall in love, get married, find a sister and have a baby.  Now she is in LA and starting a new chapter of her life .  I am actually about halfway through this one already, so this will be the first one that I will be back to tell you about.


I think that I bought this one having seen a review of it on someone else's blog, but I am ashamed to say that I cannot actually remember where it came from.  Apparently it is a Sunday Times best selling author so that means that it either be really good, or I will hate it, as I don't tend to do well with award winning books and authors!  I obviously intended to start reading this one at some point already though as it has a bookmark tucked inside.  That is why I chose this one for the pile - so I can have the bookmark back!!


Finally, The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delafield.  Some of you will recognise this as a Persephone Book.  It is my first one.  I have been after this book for a long time now - several years - and asked for this for Christmas in the Persephone edition.  Santa bought other things, but not this, so I ordered it myself - get me, a book and a wool winder ordered on the same day!  I have had a peek inside and cannot wait to get started on this.  I will try and keep it until last in this group of books as it will motivate me to read the others to get to this one!


So that is a summary of the first six books in my pile to be read.  I also have blogs and magazines to read, so it might take a little while, but I will get there and hopefully by the end of the winter/start of spring I will have finished these six.

I did consider joining The Year in Books, but I don't think that I will be disciplined to read one book a month and join in properly, so I will just do it this way!  If you are so inclined though, I heartily recommend The Year in Books to you!

Am I the only one who has this problem with unread books, or are you in the same position too?

Amy

46 comments:

  1. I also have been spending more time crafting rather than reading. I love to read a good book though. It's hard to get enough time in the day to do all the things I'd like to do!

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  2. Unfortunately, I am in the same boat Amy, and I used to be a voracious reader from an early age. These days I read blogs, and scan books for work/study purposes, and take months to finish a book. I thought getting a kindle might encourage me to read a bit more but alas, I still fall asleep after half a dozen pages each night! Maybe if I go to bed a little earlier... xx

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  3. I have not read since before Christmas and now have a Kindle rather than lug books around. Afrade Agatha is te only one I might read as none of the rest apeal to me. Funny I have never read any Agatha Christie even though she lived at Winterbrook in our Village and is buried in the churchyard.

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  4. Enjoy your books Amy. I found that joining in with Laura's year in books project last year kept me focused on reading... And I belong to the village reading group too.

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  5. Your are not alone Amy and I know you read my post about challenges, with the bit about books. I've got one from my pile started and an email arrived from the library telling me that one I've got on hold has come in. Luckily it is a childrens book I'd never read, so that should be short and easy. Enjoy some moments to read and take care.

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  6. Hello Amy,

    I am in the same boat as you, with so many books to read. I've started my first read for January and read 2 chapters, somthing light and easy or so I thought. LoL.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  7. I'm just the same. I would love to join the year in books but I know I will utterly fail as life is too full as it is and any spare moments I get are often spent reading blogs, or just knitting or crocheting. I may take a similar initiative to you and just pick a handful to read this year from my 'library' which was severely culled last year and many charity shop reads returned to said charity shops! X

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  8. I'm the same - other than I read on a kindle so no one can see the backlog. The trouble is a download the Amazon "deal of the day" - a bargain at 99p, see a book that some one recommended - download that too and so it goes on. I catch up a bit on holiday, but there really aren't enough hours in the day. I always admire friends who take a couple of hours at the weekend to sit and read. Maybe I should add that to my To Do list? Have fun, and I look forward to hearing about them. I used to read a lot of Danielle Steel too but less so these days. xx

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  9. No, it's not just you. I can't stop buying books and could set up shop with the TBR stash here. So, following the example of another blogger, I've made a commitment not to buy any more (apart from charity shop finds) and to read what's already on the shelves. Let's see if it works!

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  10. Last year was the year that I totally stopped reading, I used to get through around 3-4 books a week and last year I only read about 10, but yeah, I still bought/received/borrowed them. I made one of my goals for this year to read every day, even if it's only a few pages, so far it's going well! I wish you luck with reading your books! x

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  11. Dear Amy
    Your post made me smile - I am totally with you on this! I have so many unread books ( I could set up a library!) that I am not allowing myself to buy any more until I have read some of the ones I have already got! I look forward to reading your reviews.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  12. I loved reading 'The diary of a provincial lady', I read and re read all of my books. I drive Mike mad with the amount & they keep on piling up still!

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  13. That's a great idea - I really enjoyed this post. I smiled because I have many cook books that I read far more frequently than any other kind of book. Why is it I can find the time to read when we are away on holiday?! Yet normally I choose to do different things and they sit in a bookcase. I might well be inspired to pick up one of my many unread novels too - thanks!! J9 x

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  14. Enjoy your reading Amy, if only we could craft and read simultaneously. I know people recommend audiobooks but I'd just either fall asleep or ho off in a daydream!
    Jillxo

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  15. What a wonderful idea, I want to try and read a little more this year. I am like you I have shelves of unread books that are crying out to be read but life takes over and they remain on the shelf. Maybe this is the year...

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  16. I have to confess... after discovering the world of blogs and becoming obsessed with knitting or crochet, my reading has withered away... I do hit a little spell where I will devour a couple of books in a short span... but, then back to my other activities. Reading is so good for us. I need to try to do more. blessings ~ tanna

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  17. As you know, I'm reading Agatha Christie as one of my challenges this year but I'm reading them in chronological order so I've started on The Mysterious Affair At Styles. I used to read the Shopaholic books but I've got a bit bored of them now, I haven't read the last couple. I read in bed and I find light and frivolous books the best kind to go with at this time of day. Hope you enjoy the first six you've chosen.

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  18. Amy I love to resd and have some books waiting for me!
    This time with Christmas, blog, baki g well was hard.
    But I hope to begin again . Reading is part of my life.
    You have so good books waiting for you:)
    Enjoy dear!

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  19. I have a little stack of books waiting to be read as well, some business based and some for fun. They are all in my kindle so I don't see the stack. When I do take time to read I end up using that time to read blogs! I can spend hours on them! There is just not enough hours in the day to do all the reading I would like to do. Some of the books you have listed look interesting too!

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  20. a great idea to tackle a ton of reading in bite sized pieces. I too am trying to read more and spend less time on the internet. So far I'm on track.

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  21. What a great selection up there Amy! I have not read any of those and I am a bit embarrassed to say I can't remember the last time i finished a book. I have a lot of nonfiction by my bed as when I have a moment I can flip through really fast So don't feel bad! I love this challenge and think I ought to give myself a little challenge so I can get my book on!! Happy day you!! Nicole xo

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  22. I can't resist books either, Amy although I have started to give the ones I don't want to keep to our local NT property's second hand book shop or to the Age concern charity shop. I also use the library quite a bit so don't always buy the books I read. In fact I'm just sorting out a pile now that I've had for a while to go to charity. I've read some Trisha Ashley very light but quite sweet and funny. I loved E M Delafield's 'Diary of a Provincial Lady' it always make me chuckle. I have read a Julia Williams Christmas book but not that title. Although I love to watch Miss Marple and Poirot I've read very few of Agatha Christie's books and not for ages. Enjoy your reading:)

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  23. Boy Amy -- looks like you have your reading cut out for you. I'll be particularly interested in your review of that last book!

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  24. I have many ready to download on my iPad, I have a few more around the house. Right now I am listening to Not My Daughter and reading The Light We Cannot See both are very interesting.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  25. Amy, I belong to a book club, so that motivates me to at least read a book every month for the discussion, so I don't feel left in the dark. This month my book club is reviewing my book "Annie's Love", at my house even, so that's a bit intimidating. But they are friends.

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  26. You are not alone, Amy. I have the same problem as you. I love books, I keep acquiring books (mostly on my Kindle nowadays, so at least they don't threaten to topple the bookcases), but I read them at a snail's pace. I used to read in all my spare time, but now I find myself knitting, writing, reading blogs, etc. About the only time I read any more is at bedtime, and I only manage about ten minutes before I fall asleep. I am trying to make a point of reading more during the day in 2015. It will be interesting to follow your journey as you also try to read more this year!

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  27. I agree with you. I need the lighter side of life . !!! Love your easy reads. I have one book waiting for me: The Making OF the Princess Bride. It was a Chirstmas book from my sister.

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  28. Glad to see that someone else does this! I have a huge pile of "to be read" books right now, and I just put in an order for several more... I need to get off this computer and go read! :-)

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  29. I HAVE a lot of books on my bookshelf, but I DO read pretty regularly. I joined Goodreads this year to keep track of my read books AND keep a list of books I WANT to read. I put a widget on my blog showing how many I read this year.

    I'm starting with Maeve's Times by Maeve Binchy. So far I'm a few chapters in and really enjoying it --- having a little trouble with some of the Irish/English slang, but it doesn't ruin the story.

    Read on, my friend, read ON!

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  30. Enjoy reading your books Amy I have read every single one of Agatha Christie books at some stage in my life. I like to read before I sleep but I'm usually too tired to read much, I have stopped buying books for the simple reason they don't get read,but I have quite a few on my kindle, if only there was more time how can people say they get bored when there is so much to do and so little time. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews. :) xx

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  31. It looks like you have a nice assortment there. I read a lot, but I rarely think to blog about my reading material. Maybe I should try to do it more often. Happy reading to you!

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  32. Ooh, what a lovely selection of books - and no you're not alone... I tend to pile them up too. Happy reading and look forward to your recommendations.
    Hugs xx

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  33. I read in the morning after breakfast - we eat at the kitchen table, but then take our (very big) cups of tea through to the lounge and read for about 45 minutes, so I get through a reasonable amount of books.

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  34. Good husband material :-)))
    I can't wait to read your review of that book !!

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  35. I have to say Amy I'm a book-a-shop-a-holic. Like you I have many on the back burner waiting to be read. I have promised myself I'm going to read every day. When I was studying I'd think nothing of sitting down every afternoon with a text book and read for a couple of hours. So why can't I now I ask myself? Enjoy your reading. :))

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  36. The Kindle has been my salvation regarding books; I can have a good few hundred books sitting around and nobody knows! I'm trying to read through my pile this year rather than buy new. I like Trisha Ashley, mostly because she comes from St Helens nearby, and Julia Williams books are good. I think this one is in MY to read pile!

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  37. In 2011 I read all my previously unread books so didn't have anything unread on my shelves in 2012, but I'm a book-aholic (I don't buy clothes and shoes, only what I need, but books... well, I often have to force myself to pass by bookshops!) so I've bought so many since (and I always get books or book vouchers for birthdays!) that I have a lot of unread ones again, I just can't keep up and at the moment I find that very few of the ones waiting to be read appeal to me! I find the Year in Books has motivated me to finish a book each month when I might not have otherwise, but I usually read a few books each month anyway - so it wasn't too hard! I hope you enjoy them all!

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  38. Happy reading to you! If the weather stays like it is, you'll finish your books in no time, curled up in front of your fireplace.

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  39. I read all the time. Basically, if I'm not sewing or sleeping I'll have my nose in a book - "real" or on my Kindle. Good luck with your challenge! :o)

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  40. Your first choice will be mine too. I love Agatha Christie books. And that Persephone book is just beautiful. That one's to keep! Happy reading! x

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  41. I'm always dabbling in a pile of books. I LOVE to read. I hope you have fun reading this year!

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  42. You are far from the only one that has a huge pile of unread books...let's put it this way: my huge bookcases downstairs plus bookcases in my living room and office full of books? All to be read. HUNDREDS. Like you, I whittled my stack down to a manageable one for now and have those sitting in my bedroom. I hope to read more actual books this year, too. I am turning off the computer earlier at night and reading instead!

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  43. I have a huge pile of 'to be read' books, I joined the Year in Books and still haven't managed to find the time to read much.

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  44. I completely relate Amy - and that's why one of my resolutions is to truly try my best to read a lot more in 2015. It looks like you have some great picks there! Happy reading to you! xo

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  45. I used to read.....seems like there is no time anymore.......
    I did get 2 books for Christmas to read while south.....will let you know how they are...
    Enjoy the rest of your week...
    Guess I should get busy ripping out the world's largest afghan!
    Good memory Amy....
    Thanks for your lovely comments...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  46. I always try to divide my time up between crochet and reading. I'm in "the year of books, so if you're interested head over to my blog!
    crunchylookingleaf.blogspot.co.at

    Greetings from Austria
    Emm.A

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