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Monday, February 28, 2011

What are you reading??

I haven't been doing much reading, or blogging or anything except settling into my new job....
I need to get back into my old routine...

Any book suggestions!?

PS: What did you think of Colin Firth winning the Oscar!?

(Photo, above, by Tiny Lights.)



Blogger Shanti Knight said...

I'm currently reading (and enjoying) "A Return to Modesty" by Wendy Shalit. It's nonfiction but it's a compelling examination of women's roles and how modesty can be a more powerful tool than sexuality.

Oh yes, and I'm very happy that Colin Firth won the Oscar... about time =)

February 28, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Issysue said...

High praises for Colin Firth's win! He is exceptional.

I read constantly, and keep track of all my reading through this awesome website called Shelfari. Just google it, and if you'd like to find my profile, you can look up Melissa Kristine N. I've got a sunflower as my icon. Right now I'm reading 'Away' by Jane Urquhart, and Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Both are amazing.

February 28, 2011 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Thumbs up for Colin Firth. He was great. And I really enjoyed The King's Speech. It's a rare moment that I enjoy a movie. So much rubbish out there.
I keep track of my reading at my blog. I'm currently reading 'Jasper Jones' by Craig Silvey. It's quoted to be an Australian 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. I'm loving it so far. I'm also trying to get through David Mitchell's 'Cloud Atlas' but it's been torture.

February 28, 2011 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger TheNewHeloise said...

I'm so happy Colin Firth won, The King's Speech was my favourite film of the year. I was lucky enough to be in London when it came out at the Film Festival, it was such a beautiful movie.

I'm currently reading 'Dangerous Liasons' by Pierre Choderlos De Laclos. I'm not sure if you've read it, but you may be familiar with the play based on it, like I was. Its an absolutely beautiful, sordid, morally challenging book which has been an absolute delight to read. The characters are so vibrant and well constructed, its already risen to one of my favourites and I would love more people to appreciate it.

I've recently come back to blogging and re-discovered your blog, which I'm putting on my link list of my new one. I love finding evidence of people who love literature as much as I do. :)

February 28, 2011 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Wendy Sice said...

I'm so glad that Colin Firth has won a heap of awards for Best Actor. He plays great characters and is always exceptional in his roles.

I'm reading A Fortunate Life by A.B.Facey. I'm embarrassed that it's taken me so long to get around to reading it, because it is set in Western Australia and that's where I live! It is the story of hard work in harsh conditions, including making railway tracks, droving, farming, and being a World War I soldier.
It makes you realise how lucky we are in this century with all our luxuries! xx

March 1, 2011 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

Finished Mr Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt - extremely witty and heart-warming, just waiting for my copy of Andrew Graham-Dixon's Caravaggio and then I'll be out of the 21st century for a good few weeks!
Huzzah for Colin Firth: about flipping time!

March 1, 2011 at 12:25 AM  
Blogger Claire Gresty said...

Just finished 'Room' by Emma O'Donoghue - amazing -stays with you for ages after you've finished it. You must read it! x

March 1, 2011 at 4:36 AM  
Blogger TheBeautyFile said...

Obsessed with Colin winning the Oscar and was totally thinking about how happy you must be!! Reading "Water for Elephants."

March 1, 2011 at 4:38 AM  
Blogger laurie said...

i am reading lacuna by barbara kingsolver - so very good! but it is taking me a long time to get through it. if only i could just stay home and read all day... :-)

March 1, 2011 at 4:43 AM  
Blogger orange sparrow said...

I was sooo happy Colin Firth won!

seeing the movie also inspired my current reading: "The Reluctant King" about the life of King George VI :)

March 1, 2011 at 5:51 AM  
Blogger Melanie's Randomness said...

Good luck with the new job!!! I'm looking for something else to read too. I just finished "Eat Pray Love". It was good hearing about the culture of all the different places!! =)

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March 1, 2011 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger Alexandra Steinmetz - Champagne and Chiffon said...

Loved Colin Firth in the King's Speech, was very happy to see him take home the award.

Reading "Confessions of an English Opium Eater" and just finished "Lady Chatterly's Lover."

March 1, 2011 at 6:21 AM  
Blogger Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Luv Colin~ He'll always be my Mr. Darcy!
reading 'Crazy Love' by Francis Chan...quite a yawn though! I think I'll stick to books w pics! haha...


March 1, 2011 at 6:30 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Who doesn't adore Colin Firth? I swear I love him more every time I hear him speak.

I recently finished Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro. I loved it. Watched the movie this weekend and loved that too, but definitely read the book first.

March 1, 2011 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

Colin Firth OWNS me. That man is so graceful, he and his speech can have me. That's what I think of him. :)

I'm reading Room. It's really good, nothing like I've ever read before. Mary's suggestion (above) is great too. Never Let Me Go was so haunting. I thought about it for weeks afterwards, which is probably the affect Room will have on me, too.

March 1, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger contact said...

Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush and Helen Bonham Carter are all incredibly fabulous in The Kings Speech.

Currently I am reading "Poser, my life in 23 Yoga Poses" by Claire Dederer - fantastic, so real and rich in discovery.
Also I am reading and going through Julia Cameron

"The Artist's Way" every creative should do this on an annual basis - amazing!

March 1, 2011 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Currently reading Eat. Pray. Love. which is actually really good!

March 1, 2011 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger kmb said...

"I Wrote This All for You" by Elizabeth Castlereagh... and I also read one Winnie-the-Pooh story before bed at night!

March 1, 2011 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger J. Christina Huh said...

I just finished "Blood, Bones & Butter" by Gabrielle Hamilton. I enjoyed her memoir very much. She was very honest about her life, both professional (as a NY chef owner!) and personal.

March 1, 2011 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Morgan said...

Books I've enjoyed so far this year:

Pink by Lili Wilkinson
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Everlost by Neal Shusterman
Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick
Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci
No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
Fated by S.G. Browne

March 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Molly McGonigle said...

Tina, I'm so glad you are settling into the new job. I am thrilled Colin Firth won he's always been a favorite of mine and "The King's Speech" was just such a magical story.

I'm currently reading The Monster of Florence and its crazy but completely riveting.

March 1, 2011 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Sunday Taylor said...

I recently read "Invisible" by Paul Auster and "The Gate at the Stairs" by Lorrie Moore. Both were excellent. Am currently reading "The Imperfectionists" by Tom Rachman. And have just rediscovered "Excellent Women" by Barbara Pym, a real treasure.
Loved Colin Firth in "The King's Speech," so happy he won the Oscar!

March 1, 2011 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Daydream Lily said...

I hope you are settling into the new job lovely. been thinking of you.
I love that Colin Firth won the Oscar!! and that Natalie Portman did too.

Im not reading at the moment either, but I need to find something to read.

March 1, 2011 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Hausfrau said...

I'm finishing Radical Homemakers, by Shannon Hayes (fascinating!) and reading the classic travel memoir The Way of the World, by Nicolas Bouvier.

Yay for Colin Firth!

March 2, 2011 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger allison reynolds said...

i am reading Down and Out in Paris and London by Orwell on the tube and under the covers I am reading Keith Richards autobiog.. and last week I finished Freedom by Franzen. I love your blog!
Allison Reynolds

March 2, 2011 at 3:55 PM  
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Blogger Elissa said...

i love colin firth! well deserved. as for the books i'm currently reading storyteller, the authorized biography of roald dahl. i've always admired him and am enjoying the book so far.

March 3, 2011 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Grandma said...

I just picked up The Paris Wife. I can't wait to start it.

Colin Firth is amazing. So glad he won.

March 7, 2011 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger iva yaneva said...

Same here! I actually took the time to make a weekly schedule in order to fit all of the things I want to do :)

I recommend "The Fountainhead" if you haven't read it, it's one of my all time favourite books.

As for the Oscars - I am very happy both with Colin Firth and Natalie Portman winning :)

March 9, 2011 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Breenuh said...

I'm currently obsessing over Dracula by Bram Stoker. No wonder it's a classic! Plus, the eBook is available for free all over the place, and a paperback will run you around a dollar.

As for Colin, I'm very pleased. Both he and the film were superb.

March 10, 2011 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Larissa said...

Have you read Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro? I have a very short review of it at my site. I also just finished the Still Point by Amy Sackville, which is excellent and makes me want to visit the Arctic.

March 16, 2011 at 8:45 PM  

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