Thursday, 9 October 2014

Books | Autumn Reading List

I always have a list as long as my arm of books to read, so this Autumn I've decided to list 5 that I definitely want to have finished by the time December, and Winter, descend.

  1. Patti Smith - Just Kids
  2. Marge Piercy - Woman on the Edge of Time
  3. John Williams - Stoner
  4. Bret Easton Ellis - American Psycho
  5. Ernest Hemingway - A Farewell to Arms
These are books that I've had sat on my shelves for months, some even years, and haven't got further than rifling through the pages. Hopefully publishing a reading list will spur me into action!
I work for a public library service and volunteer at weekends for an Oxfam bookshop, so I am constantly surrounded by temptation and often abandon the more challenging reads in favour of something easier.
It saddens me that I don't have as much time to read anymore as I used to do, so I've been downloading eBooks from the e-library as I always carry my tablet with me for work. I use the Overdrive app for Android and, whilst it can be a bit clumsy to navigate at first, once you familiarise yourself with the navigation buttons it functions quite nicely.
I didn't think that I'd enjoy reading novels from a screen, but I've actually found it surprisingly enjoyable so far. I really like the fact that you can check what percentage of the book you've read, highlight words to look them up using an online dictionary and that the app automatically saves your place with a 'bookmark'. Using a tablet rather than an e-reader though does mean that it tends to get a bit heavy if I've been holding it up for a while, and of course you don't get the feel of holding a book or that new/old book smell.
What are you reading at the moment? Do you have favourites that you return to at this time of year, to curl up in an armchair by the fire with? Or are you searching for something new and exciting to escape the dreary monotony of the onset of Winter? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The Fig Tree

 With extra spare time and a lack of creative output, I've decided to start up this blog again in the hope that it'll force me to write more. I first began this account in 2007 but over the past couple of years my enthusiasm for blogging has fizzled out to nothing... I blame Tumblr. It's a great resource and it's taught me a lot but in regards to self-expression it's a dead end for me. Just reblog, reblog, reblog... More like a noticeboard or scrapbook than creative outlet. So here I intend to record thoughts, dreams and experiences as an outlet for my writing as well as photographs because I really do enjoy taking them. 
At the present moment I'm sat on my bed, the two skylight windows in my attic bedroom wide open to maximise the breeze, a mug of wine to my right and thoughts from The Great Fluoride Debate which the house + visitors just had in my housemate's room still floating around my mind. In 2 weeks I will have left this house, which has been my home for the past 13 months, and moved on to pastures new. Plans surrounding my new lodgings are yet to be finalised so I'm currently just trying to soak up as much atmosphere and enjoyment from this address as I can before I have to leave it. 
My possessions are strewn between bags and boxes but my books are still stacked up in a mountain on the floor. They'll probably be the last thing I pack because I like to have them handy at all times. I am an avid collector. Recently I've bought more new reads than I can currently call to mind and manage to be reading on average 5 different volumes at any given time. My life is not panning out as I expected and so I retreat into fantasy worlds, exploring their landscapes and meeting their inhabitants, when I'm prevented from exploring this one.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Reading List

At the moment I'm attempting to keep a record of all the books I read... I've tried websites like goodreads in the past and I've tried listing them in my diary etc. but I always, always forget. So I'm trying a different approach by recording them both on here and my tumblr. ^-^
Last week I read 'Good Omens' by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman then 'The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ' by Philip Pullman. Over the Easter weekend I re-read 'The Hobbit' by J.R.R.Tolkien for the first time since childhood!
Tonight I'll be starting either 'The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet' by David Mitchell or 'The Golden Notebook' by Doris Lessing.

I've also been watching a lot of Paradise Kiss lately, haha.