Memes, Thoughts and other Miscellany

One, two, three, four, five books!

This meme seems to be doing the rounds (the original at Stuck in a Book, Savidge Reads, Random Jottings, I Prefer Reading, She Reads Novels, Fleur Fisher, A Work in Progress, Desperate Reader, Cornflower Books, Indextrious Reader, etc) so I thought I would join in.

The book I’m currently reading The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell. I love her writing style; chatty, informal, yet such high nerd credentials. I think I like her just because she’s a nerd and admits it and likes to talk about being a nerd. Power to the Nerds, I say. I don’t know much of the politics, but it is very interesting to see what a committed Democrat felt after the Gore/Bush vote counting fiasco in Florida in 2000. Also very easy to read.

The last book I finished Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li – a review copy from NetGalley. I had been quite excited about it, given all the good things I’d heard (especially from Eva), but I’m not quite sure what I think of it, having finished it yesterday, and I’m not sure it will be getting a high score from me. Not a low one either, excellent writing, but it didn’t really grip me. Before that I read Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and absolutely loved it.

The next book I want to read Matt Haig’s The Radleys. I got it out of the library before the library closed for 6 months, and I think the time is right. I’ve heard only great things about this so really looking forward to it.

The last book I bought Does Bookmooch count? I don’t really spend money on books these days (too busy paying rent on our lovely but ludicrously expensive London flat). The last book to come in from Bookmooch was a beautiful Vintage Books edition of Revolutionary Road which I have wanted to read for quite a while.

The last book someone gave me Well my father has already bought and given me one of my birthday presents but true to German superstition, it remains firmly wrapped up and sitting on the piano awaiting the 23rd (get used to birthday references folks, when it comes to birthdays I’m still 7 years old… it’s a day that’s all about meeeeeeeeeee how is that not an amazing thing??); but he also gave me a copy of a cookbook he had ended up with two copies of – a French cookbook, the name of which I sadly don’t have with me at work. The recipes don’t look horrendously complex (not like my two-day apple pie) so I will be trying some of them out and might share them here!


6 thoughts on “One, two, three, four, five books!”

    1. I’ve not read many short stories before but because this had been so well received (it also won or was shortlisted for prizes in Australia) I thought it might be a good introduction. I’m still not quite sure what it was that bothered me about the collection, I’ll figure it out soon enough I guess!

  1. I did it tooo!! You missed me out!!!!!!!!! I love Yates – read my way through his oeuvre with a colleague a couple of years ago – we sneakily bought the lot for the library I was working in at the time.

  2. We also have the same tradition in Portugal: no gifts are opened AND – this is crucial – you do not wish “Happy Birthday” before the day.

    1. I don’t know of any prohibition on wishing Happy Birthday in advance, but you DEFINITELY cannot open your presents early in Germany. But I’m going to have to break that rule as my party with my friends is the weekend before (parents are coming the weekend after)…

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