What Are You Reading?

I was at my Book Group this morning, where we discussed The Elegance of the Hedgehog by the French author Muriel Barbery. I have to confess that I ran out of time this last month and only got half way through it. However, the general consensus of opinion was that it was a good read and worth recommending. Our new book is Aldous Huxley’s Island, which I’m hoping I will enjoy. I’ve already learnt two things this morning: Aldous Huxley was British, not American (he was born in Surrey in 1894 (I think) and didn’t go to the US until 1937), and that the novel we’re about to read is called ‘Island’, not ‘The Island’. Other books waiting patiently on my bedside table are the 2 Patrick Leigh Fermor books from last month and The Help by Kathryn Stockett, which is pretty good: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962, the time of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King.

8 thoughts on “What Are You Reading?

  1. I'm reading a cozy funny mystery series by Donna Andrews. All the titles & plots involve birds in some way. Right now I am on the 3rd book Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos


  2. I'm currently on “Why She Left Us” by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto about a Japanese family interred during WW2 and their lives before and after that time. Just finishe “Garlic and Sapphires” by Ruth Riechl a former New York Times food critic – not a genre I'd usually gravitate to but it was agreat read.


  3. Currently I am reading, Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth…..haven't quite made the connection yet but then I have just started it…..I just finished a time period novel I loved and can't think of the name of if…England/Ireland, 1873….love story and had a wizard and faires in it….lots of Lords, Dukes and Duchesses……I have already lent it to my neighbour or I would look up the name…..(kinda of got carried away didn't I)…..Hugs


  4. “A Time of Gifts” is a lovely book. I loved reading about his journey and adventures, the interesting people he met, the mishaps and excitements, the kindness of some of those he met, the landscapes and cultural differences. It's so well written and made me wish I had gone along with him.
    I wonder how much of the journey would be similar today and how much is irretrievably changed.

    I've been working my way through a stack of all kinds of books, ranging from “Yes, Mama” by Helen Forrester (surprised by how well-written it was, but then her autobiographical books are very good), “Journey to the River Sea” by Iva Ibbotsen (a children's book, but a great adventure story – I've lent it to my mum!), “Home Leave” by Libby Purves, “School's Out” by Sarah Tucker (chick-lit, but fun), “Pollyanna” by Eleanor H. Porter (another children's book but I never read it as a child), “Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone” by J.K. Rowling (just because I like it!), “Whistling for the Elephants” by Sandi Toksvig (a fab book, one of my favourites that I re-read often)…. My to-read pile includes some short stories by Oscar Wilde and “How to Break a Dragon's Heart” by Cressida Cowell -recommended by my son, who's just finished it!

    A bit of a hotch-potch, I think, which proves I really do read all kinds of books!


  5. Ooh I have that hedgehog book to read so glad it is recommended by your reading group. Our book club is 'doing' 'Paddy Clarke ha ha ha', which I read many years ago but have to re read as have forgotten it! Also gonna start 'the girl with the dragon' tatoo finally!


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