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 RĂªves. 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?

16 comments:

rawrimadinosaur said...

I've also read Clock Without Hands :)) Her writing style is unbelievably unique! Great post by the way- I have a blog that focuses on YA fiction but its interesting to find a post that looks at stuff that doesn't usually feature much on reviews. :))

Beauty Balm said...

I first started on meditation with a guided one on CD where the lady talked through a calming story - still use it today x

little t said...

I haven't read any of them. I'm interested in the Mark Dunn one!

Ballet Pumps And Roses said...

What a great way to spend your day Emma - I would love to get my paws on The Clock Without Hands !

Joanne

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dazzlelight91 said...

I've looked at the Night Circus one in the bookshop a few times mainly because the cover art is lovely, let me know if its any good!

Alexandra said...

This is perfect because I'm going away for vacay soon and need some good new reads! Thanks for sharing love.

Alexandra xo

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Leslie said...

Great selection here and I think I will pick up the Meditation book :)

leslie

Jenna Hughes said...

i must add some of these to my reading list!

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Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

i need to make more time for reading. this is a great list. thanks for sharing yours.
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Gillie said...

I also have serious book backlog right now but I'll definitely try to check some of these out! Clock without Hands and The Night Circus sound especially interesting

xo Gillie

Anonymous said...

the Night Circus is next on my To Read list too.
Love your blog, following now, x

Sunshine Rose said...

I have such a build-up of books to read...and now you've made me want to add more to the pile!! Especially want to start A Song of Ice and Fire series. x

ElsaD said...

Great list! Mark Yamm's looks pretty good. My upcoming readings are: Coelho's Aleph and the memoires of the Duchess of Devonshire.

Bisous!

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CeeCee said...

Ooh, I love this post!! There's actually nothing I love more than a big pile of books to read! The Night Circus is on my list too!! I also have the Sealed Letter (Emma Donoghue who wrote Room), Before I go to Sleep, Starter For Ten, Cold Comfort Farm and I have to finish My Cousin Rachel (a Daphne du Maurier) before I go to the play. Don't know where I'll be finding the time, mind!

Anonymous said...

I'm doing mindfulness meditation using the Headspace app at the moment - it's fantastic! Currently reading Marian Keyes' Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, my next will be a Marian Keyes novel as well, adore her...

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Thank you for the reminder to read some George R.R. Martin!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living