June 18, 2010Posted by on
I do a lot of reading. I love reading. I love it so much I became a qualified librarian so I could be around books all the time. When I applied to University, I had to do an interview with the head of the department and he asked me why I wanted to become a librarian. I said it was because I loved reading, and he told me that wasn’t enough. I think the fact that I then said, “and I’m obsessively organised and if something doesn’t have a number, I’ll give it one” clinched the deal for me.
Anyway I have been reading a few blog posts (okay, it was really just one, but it was a big one!) about reading. I’m not a snob, I’ll do my reading electronically to satisfy my cravings. You know I have a Kindle. You might know I have an iPad, and I have the iBook app loaded on it. What you might not know is that I read at least 50
25 okay it’s really 60 blogs a day as well. Some are famous the world over (although not loved the world over), some are universally loved, and others seem to attract only one reader (often me). A recent post on MamaMia (I don’t read it often but when I do I often spend an hour or so going through the archives) sparked a conversation about which books people are currently reading.
Believe it or not, I am not currently reading anything. Well, unless you include The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling but since I read that years ago I don’t think it counts. But what is on the list (or in the pile, if we are talking about physical books, as opposed to electronic versions)?
- Dog Boy by Eva Hornung (hard copy). I bought this AGES ago and haven’t picked it up yet. I hope it’s a good one.
- The Vancouver Stories, by various (hard copy). That Various is a busy person, writing so many things! Just kidding. The manager of the hotel we stayed at in Vancouver gave it to me as a gift. That was in October 2008. Oops.
- Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka (hard copy). I read her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, and was very entertained. I hope this one is as good.
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (kindle). I have seen the movies but never read the book.
- Caught Stealing and Already Dead, both by Charlie Huston (kindle). No idea what they’re like, Amazon recommended them based on my other purchases and I was in a frenzy of book buying. I hope they’re good.
- Bad Debts by Peter Temple (kindle). According to my mother, an Australian author who writes great crime novels. She better be right about that!
- The Book of Joe by Jonathon Tropper (hard copy). I read How To Talk To a Widower while we were in New Zealand last year and loved it. Fingers crossed for this one.
And those are just the ones I can remember. In fact, I had to log in to my Amazon account to find out what I’d purchased that I hadn’t already read. There are many more in the Kindle but I’ve already read them.
The best book I’ve read this year so far? I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne. Or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. It’s hard to pick my favourite because they were so different. But the Ozzy Osbourne book was surprisingly entertaining.
I have not picked up a book to read since we got home from Russia. I might have to remedy that this weekend.