Friday, December 16, 2011

On My Mind: Books, Books, Books...

I have books on my mind today: Trying to decide what should take priority over the Xmas/New Year break, especially considering that I have a number of books still sitting unread in my bookshelf. Wolf Hall has been tempting me for months, but it's really rather huge and I haven't felt like lugging it around with me.

I'm also trying to decide whether or not to participate in any online reading challenges next year. I only took part in two this year, but I didn't quite get through all the books I'd planned to, mostly because I got distracted by other books. This year I will have read more than 30 books in 12 months for the first time. I would normally plan my reading lists months in advance, but this year I have quite enjoyed the freedom of reading whatever I want, as the mood takes.

E-books have played a major part in the tally too, since they can be read anywhere. I've been reading quite a lot on my iPhone: It is far more convenient to carry them around this way! I still have quite a large number of those to read, too (at the moment I'm addicted to the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris ~ they are so easy to read and a lot of mindless fun).

I shall mention, only in passing, that I am also terribly behind in my book reviews. I have five to write at the moment. Naughty me!

Do you have holiday reading planned?


This is a Friday photo feature from Down to Earth that anyone with a blog can join. It opens the door to us sharing our lives through these photos and gives us all a new way to discover each other, and maybe form new friendships. Your photo should show something at home that you're thinking about TODAY.

To take part, all you have to do is post a photo, write a short caption explaining it, and link it back to Down to Earth. Please write a new post, don't link to an older one. When your photo is published, go to Down to Earth and add a comment , with a link to your blog photo.


  1. Hi there from Cape Town, South Africa. A friend of mine has a great book review & coffee house blog called Perhaps you can check her out sometime. She's also a fan of Wolf Hall. I bought it for my husband to read, who likes the Tudor period, but as a year has gone by without him opening it, I've lent it to my son's 20 yr old girlfriend. She is a Phillippa Gregory fan (historical fiction).

    Although all of the electronic ways of reading books are more convenient, I'm still a lover of the old-fashioned book and love looking at all of the books lining my bookshelves. I do try to lend them out to be of more use than a dust-trap though! And, I love frequenting 2nd hand bookshops and have bought a number of nearly new books as gifts for people at a fraction of the price of new.

    You have an interesting blog.

  2. Ah, so many books, so little time! I am trying to finish Lady Chatterly's Lover for my bookclub. Must admit I'm not thrilled, but I do want to finish it. Then.....I'm not sure. I am also considering book challenges for 2012. I also hope to do better at entering books into my book journal!


Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I really appreciate any suggestions, feedback and comments you may like to share, so please don't be afraid to leave them. It'd be wonderful to see you return again!