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Updated Book Wish List

The Murder of Norma Ware – Rosamund Kendal

This is apparently quite a dark novel and nothing like her first two, I have to admit to being intrigued and excited to read this book. You can read an interview with her here and more about the book here

Eating Animals – Jonathon Safran Foer

I am not a huge meat eater and have often thought about becoming a vegetarian, I think if I read this book it will be a done deal.

Spirit Junkie: A radical road to self love and miracles

A spiritual book is always good to read, and I love reading how other people’s lives are changed. One book which thoroughly agreed with me in this genre was ‘The Journey’ by Brandon Bayes.

Flight Behaviour – Barbara Kingsolver

I read the first chapter of this book in the latest edition of Fair Lady magazine. I am hooked and now need to read it!

 

And you, do you have an updated book wish list that you would like to share?

 

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How do you read?

I found a list of questions sitting in my drafts in my email as I was clearing out clutter and decided to jot them down here. Please feel free to join in and do a blog post on how you read. I think it would be interesting to share!

 

How do you organize your books?

Hmm, I normally organise books by author, then theme. I have a shelf of cookery books, a shelf of Calvin and Hobbes (my MOST favorite), a shelf of Pilates and Massage books and a shelf of fiction. I then have a stack of books next to my bed which are currently in process, TBR, read and library books.

 
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

I like both. Some of my favourite books have been series, which is great because you get longer with characters that you really like. And stand alone books are also great, but what I really dislike is when I discover an awesome book only to discover that it is the only book by them and they haven’t written any others! Or when you start reading a series and then have to wait for each book to come out, I would rather wait and then read them all in a row.

 
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?

I can read anytime of day or night;-) but usually end up reading at night time before bed, sometimes until late at night, which is not condusive to joyful moods in the morning… and normally in bed. I do, however, love having a hot bubble bath and reading till the water needs topping up, again(and again). I also read in the car, or queue’s while waiting.

 
Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can
you read more than one at a time?

I read more than one at a time, unless the one I am currently reading takes preference and I don’t want to put it down!

 
What is the last book you bought?

Spud by John van der Ruit

 
What are you currently reading?

Dragonspell by Donita K Paul

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?

I don’t, I know I should, but I don’t.

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

Not usually, but if I do, it would more than likely be chocolate. Any type will do, but Lindt chilli is my favourite reading companion.

and you, how do you read? Leave a link in the comments so we can all have a read:-)

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The Help – Kathryn Stockett – review

Ok, so I think I was probably one of the last people on the planet to read this book, yes about a year after it had hit every one elses book shelf, it hit mine and here is my verdict…

I really enjoyed it! I thought it was extremely well written on a sensitive subject. The characters were brought to life and you could feel the emotions tugging at your insides as you read the book.  I think as a mother too, it made it even more emotional because the way one of the characters treated her daughter was just too heartbreaking and could see the emotional effect it would later have on her.

One thing which I have always found peculiar with racism and nanny’s is that, it was/is perfectly fine for ladies of colour to feed, clothe and look after your child without passing on any ‘disease’ but share a toilet and hell couldn’t be worse.  I have never understood it and probably never will.

I think this was a book that needed to be written and I am glad that I have read it.

Have you?

 

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Love in a headscarf vs The god delusion

 

I don’t know about you, but I often have two or more books on the go at the same time. Reading one during kiddy nap time and the other for bedtime reading, so it was when I discovered Love in a Headscarf at the library while already reading The God Delusion. And I have to say, that it was interesting reading the two in tandem. On one side I had Richard Dawkins telling me how God does not exist and the reasons therefore and on the other hand, I have Shelina Zahra Janmohamed telling me how she believes that God does exist. It made for interesting reading viewpoints;-)

But, both books were equaly interesting and enjoyable to read. I am interested in other peoples religions, not overly so, but when you combine a real life story about a British Muslim looking for a husband via an arranged marriage and all that goes with it, together with a fabulous writing style, I was hooked. It was captivating to read about the ins and  outs of arranged marriages and how the entire family becomes involved. But in this particular case, the parents were highly supportive of their daughter and who she chose/was chosen by which helped matters. This story begs to be read to open the ‘westerners’ eyes on how the Muslim arranged marriage system works. It was a beautiful book, and I highly recommend it.

 

The God Delusion makes for interesting reading too. Richard Dawkins makes many valid points as to WHY God does not exist. I enjoyed reading it. I quite enjoy the two opinions on God. The reasons as to why He does exist is almost fantastical whereas the reasons why He does not exist is almost as fantastical as the opposite. If you are having a crisis of faith, this is a good book to ‘give both sides of the story’ so to speak. I do agree with many points that he brings across but I think that God is a belief thing, and each to his own.

Have you read it? What did you think? I would be very interested to know:-)

 

(currently I am reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett and I know I am about a year late than the rest of the world in reading it, but am thoroughly enjoying it and looking forward to posting my thoughts once I have finished)

Last but not least, what are you currently reading?

 

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Baby book shower

Today, I went to a baby shower.  It was not your normal every day baby shower, where the mom-to-be is inundated with cute baby clothes and jars, tubes and tubs of lotions and potions. The invite was quite specific and proposed that if you wanted to buy a gift, your favourite childhood book was deemed a very good idea.

So, today, the  many beautiful bejeweled and beribboned gifts contained exactly that. Books.  Books of all types and flavours. Ranging from Eric Carle to Roald Dahl. Nursery treasuries to Winnie-the–poo. My gift was Paddington Bear. And Postman Pat joined the queue too.

And inside each book, an inscription to the little unborn child who has officially had a library of books started for him. I thought it was a beautiful and unique idea. Here are a couple of photographs of a library beginning.



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GIVEAWAY-GIVEAWAY-GIVEAWAY

So, how many of you have read Room by Emma Donaghue?

I read it over the festive season after hearing word of mouth rave reviews from all most all my bookish friends. I decided to buy it and read it and see what on earth it was all about, because if you haven’t read it, and someone has told you about it, I’m sure you realised that they haven’t told you too much about the actual story… Am I correct?

Well, I’m about to tell you the same thing, its a VGB (Very Good Book) but I can’t tell you the story line.

What I can tell you is that I have one copy to giveaway for one lucky reader!

Yip, just one, so get those fingers talking and leave a comment telling me what you think the story is about, and for those of you who have read it, no telling and spoiling the suspense, k?!

The giveaway is open until the 25th Jan 2011, that gives you a week, and its open to South African residents only.  I will randomly choose a winner by putting all your names into a hat and pulling out one name.

so, get commenting…

P.S. if you don’t win a copy, you can click on the picture and it takes you straight to Kalahari to purchase a copy if you do so wish.

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The Million Rand Teaspoon – Nikki Ridley

How many of you have read ‘A Million Little Pieces’ by James Frey?  I read it, and I know that there was huge controversy with the book but the bottom line for me, was the ability of James to kick his addiction.

‘The Million Rand Teaspoon’ is very similiar, it is a story on addiction. Paul Batemans  true story on how he became addicted to pinks, and heroin. The road to destruction and how he eventually came to an abrupt halt on his downward spiral.

It is extremely readable, set in and around Cape Town and Joburg, it makes you realise how much goes on that we are not aware of.

I recommend this book to anyone who is in any interested in the effect drugs have on a person, and the lives that are affected around the person. It is sad, and just makes one realise how addiction takes control of ones entire life.

shoo, hardcore reading but brilliant!

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Reader Book Review – Abbie Ann

This review of Abbie Ann by Sharlene Maclaren was sent in by one of our readers, Cathy.

Abbie Ann is the third in the Daughters of Jacob Kane trilogy…and it was a super book to read.

Abbie Ann is the youngest of the three sisters and is very much Miss Independent. She is president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, likes to walk every where by herself and doesn’t need a man in her life. She also likes to tell jokes…not very good ones but they made me giggle and definitely were a hit with my 8 year old son!

Any good “love story” needs a hero…and the hero in this book is called Noah and he is a boat builder…such a good play on the famous builder from the bible but so not like his namesake at all when it comes to faith issues.

This book is a journey of two people and how they come to know and trust God for their friendship and themselves. Plus add in an extra mystery or two and this is a brilliant read.

Thanks Cathy! And sorry for the roundabout way you had to get it to us, the page has been sorted for next time.

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Book review – The Starter Marriage

The Starter Marriage by Kate Harrison is a delightful read!

This novel is all about divorce, friendship and starting over. Pain in bucket loads and emotional upheaval but all intermixed with learning how to get over a divorce and starting over.

The name of the book comes from the ‘divorce group’ which explains that sometimes one’s first marriage is not neccesarily for life and that it is like a starter house.  I know that sounds a bit crude, but in the book it makes sense.

There is a group who for their various reasons go to the ‘divorce recovery group’ and it charts their journey from hurting to healing.

I really enjoyed this book, it was an easy to read book, which I didn’t really want to put down and the ending was happy but not overly sugar coated:-)

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Book Review – Our Tragic Universe

I really enjoy Scarlett Thomas’s writing. In Our Tragic Universe, she doesn’t fail to capture the imagination and pull you along the tide of her words.

Though saying that, I didn’t think that this was her best book. I far enjoyed ‘The End of Mr Y’ more aswell as Popco. If you haven’t read either of these, find yourself a copy,they are extremely good.

Basically, the story is about Meg and her life, philosophy, the age of self help books and how we tend to want the ‘perfect’ life which is just fictionalised anyway. More than that of course, but that would give it all away…

I found it unputdownable and enjoyed it. I love her writing and I always find that I am left thinking about the world and people after I have finished one of her books. That to me, is a sign of a very good book.

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