09 April 2012

Stuff I Heart: Book Backlog!

We're off work today as it's Easter Monday, so finally I have some time to catch up on my reading! I love having a pile of eclectic reads to work through. It rarely happens as I go through books so quickly, but I got some lovely books as presents for a recent birthday.

The Kingfisher Young People's Book of the Universe – this is second hand and I fell for it from the opening lines: What is the Universe? The Universe is everything that exists. It goes on from there to look at planets, solar systems, galaxies and more.
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn – a present from my sister, this is set on a fictitious island that is home to the creator of the phrase "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." Intriguing...
Clock Without Hands by Carson McCullers – I love this author.  I think this is probably the last of her works that I haven’t read. Her life was both fascinating and tragic, and everything she writes shows so much understanding and empathy for the human spirit.
A Dance With Dragons, George R.R. Martin –Part of the series A Song of Ice and Fire, on which the AMAZING TV series Game of Thrones is based. This is the real reason I have such a backlog of books at the moment;  my friend Chris gave me the first five books for my birthday and I’ve worked my way through them in as many weeks. This is officially part 2 of the fifth book, but it’s actually the 7th as some of them are split in two. 

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstein – Another birthday gift, this is a story of magic and illusion based around Le Cirque des Rêves. This is being touted as the natural successor to Harry Potter and Twilight, but I won’t hold that against it!
Creative Meditation and Visualisation – I picked this up for next to nothing in a bookshop sale. Meditation and visualisation are techniques I periodically attempt, fail, give up on and come back to a few years later to repeat the cycle. Maybe this time will be different.

Everybody Loves Our Town:  An Oral History of Grunge, by Mark Yarm – Saving the best for last, I’m so looking forward to getting stuck into this tome that aims to bring the grunge era to life through the memories of the people most involved with it. I loved Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk and this follows the same idea.
Have you read any of these and what did you think? What’s on your current reading list?
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