Bookworm moments

Books were one of the nicest re-discoveries during my recent holiday in Sardegna. After three long years where all my free time was taken up by two very demanding little madams (which I thoroughly enjoyed and am not complaining about but that’s how it was!) I finally managed to enjoy some snatched moments where I could collapse into a chair and get my nose stuck into a good book.

I don’t know about you but for me a book has to grab me in the first pages and if it’s successful then I escape into another world and can devour pages, chapters even without realising how much time has gone by. Sometimes, if a book has been recommended I can persist with it  but if after a good try it still hasn’t caught my attention I will put it to one side and never try again, so is life.

So, what did I read?

Well I am way behind on my commuter days of buying/borrowing three books a week to while away my train or coach journey into London, in fact I have a shelf of books passed on to me since the girls were born from my mother, my sister in law even my grandmother each exclaiming

‘Oh, you must read this. You’ll love it!’ So I’m on catch up.

As I packed our suitcases this time round I very boldly threw in three books. Three? I hear you ask, yes 3 AND ladies and gentlemen I read them all – I can hardly believe it myself. So just in case you need an idea of what to read, these books are ‘old’ in the eyes of publishing but they kept me captivated

Testimony – Anita Shreve

I adore Anita Shreve’s style and she never fails to surprise me. I always find myself thinking ‘Oh My God – NO!’ Please don’t make that happen. But she does and I stay gripped to the end following each character as they get more and more pulled into the mess surrounding them. In this book, it’s young lads, drinking, smoking and having sex at school parties, what they don’t realise is it’s being filmed and will go on to internet creating a situation which will have enormous consequences on them, their families and a whole range of other unsuspecting people. An easy, brilliant read.

The Witch of Portabello – Paolo Cohelo

I am a great fan of Paolo Cohelo, I have read the majority of his books and keep going back to some of them time and time again, that is how good they are. In The Witch of Portabello Paolo writes about a young girl and how she realises she has certain abilities that not all of us have or ever will have. These abilities drive her life journey and her discoveries enforce a stubborn nature to try and make the world a better place but of course in this sceptical world we live in she comes up against some formidable characters that will cause her downfall.

I have turned back the corners on various pages for words that struck a chord deep inside so they may be easily found again when I need them. This is not chick-lit, it’s not light reading of girl meets boy and falls in love. This book goes deeper touching on the spiritual questions that we all harbour but never have the opportunity to explore.

The Other Bolyne Girl – Phillipa Gregory

Quite a large book and in small print. When I first opened it I thought ‘You’d better be good.’ Already threatening to put it to one side. Well, I couldn’t put the damn book down. I stopped talking to my family, ignoring it was lunch/dinner time. I was consumed by her words and the tale of two sisters who loved and despised each other at the same time, a brother who had many dark secrets and the King of England who had to be kept happy whatever the cost. I couldn’t push this book enough. If you haven’t already read it, get it and open it up, you may come away three hours later and still want to go back for more.


So there, I am so happy to announce I ahve actually read some books this year, it was on my list of Things To Do in 2011 and I hope to fit some more books in by the end of the year, please let me know if you have any suggestions for me to add to that list as I’ve missed out on three years of reading!


  1. June 30, 2011 / 6:26 PM

    Happy reading! How I miss books, sigh…

  2. lucy
    June 30, 2011 / 7:48 PM

    Just had a child-free (but alas not work free) three days in Moscow and rattled through A visit from the Goon Squad – very good.

  3. June 30, 2011 / 6:52 PM

    I am part of a book (more like wine) club, I never thought I would be, but I love it as it forces me to fit in reading, when I might not bother otherwise… If you can get hold of a copy, then a really good read is a book called The Exception by Christian Jungersen, a Danish author but quite honestly one of the best books I have read in a long time…. Emma :)

  4. July 1, 2011 / 5:02 PM

    For some reason at the moment, my only reading time is in the bath!! I’m a terror for sticking with Alexander McCall Smith & Patricia Cornwall but have recently branched out to include Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear and the Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield

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