Let's talk books today.
What have you read that was noteworthy lately? of what have you read that was totally rubbish? Sometimes it's useful to know that too!
This is what's on my bedside table at the moment. From the top:
Knitting yarns (writers on knitting). Really lovely. I love having a bath at night time and I love reading in the bath... the problem is... some books are just too heavy. Physically heavy. Tomes. Bricks. Impossible to hold up out of the water for too long. Hence the necessity of a 'small book.
How superficial... not only I'm swayed by a good cover.. but by size too! Call me fickle. And I totally don't blame you if you never want to read this blog ever again.
Not in this photo is another recently finished bath-book: "The fifth wave", a YF dystopian world/end of the world book. Really interesting story and total escapism. If you have young teens who love this stuff, this is a good one. Trust me... I've read a few.
Birds without wings by Louis de Bernieresu. One of my favourite writers, although between you and me this is not my favourite book of his. Whilst it was interesting to find out more about the history of the Balkans Wars and how terrible the whole period was for the populations involved (I had no idea!)... the chapters relating this history were a bit dry and confusing. There were however plenty of beautiful tales of people and characters which I think it's what he does magnifically. Took me a while to read because... it's not a bath-book.
A little life. Huge. Another one not for the bath, shortlisted for the Booker Prize last year and I'm looking forward to start it tonight. Don't know much about it so... watch this space.
Complete Italian Grammar. No I'm not brushing up on the old mother tongue... I'm trying to help a reluctant teenager in his GCSE. Lost cause. You know how people say how stressful the GCSE exams are? Well not around here... No 1 is so laid back he's horizontal. Which is probably a good thing if he was putting a little more effort in, right? Oh well. There's only so much I can do as a mother...
He's also just announced that he doesn't want to read anymore....
WHAT? I blame the reading marathon of all 21 Lee Child's novels. Or maybe the Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy. (Can't stand that book, apologies).
Anyway. I'm procrastinating once again. The ironing boards awaits.