Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Bookish {January Edition}

A few years ago, on a whim, I decided to photograph every book I read through the year.

This year, on a whim, I decided to photograph every book I read through the year.

Or, at least, to start with January and see how it went...

And, reading-wise, January went pretty well!

 I try to read my Bible every day, and these reading notes help me to do so

 A couple of photography books, bought for joyously low sums as both were second-hand. Apologies for the title of the second, it's just photos of dogs!

 This one came to me highly recommended. In truth, I didn't think so highly of it myself - there was one part that 'got' me, but the rest not so much. Shame :(

 Some light relief! The Doctor's gift from Santa (who always, very kindly, brings us a book each for Christmas)

 The first prompted me to reread the second - I studied the General Prologue at A-level, 'twas interesting to revisit it!

 Let's just say, we have exciting plans for later this year... :)

 Came across a recommendation and the premise of this book intrigued me. I found it an interesting read

 I'm particularly interested in reading about photography at the moment!

 Picked this up cheaply thinking it might be suitable for The Tomboy, and read it first to check. It was, and she's reading her way through it daily now

More plans! Hoping for a short break in this area at some point

Ah, it's so good to rediscover the joy of reading, even if I only forget it for a short while due to the bustling busy rushing around of work and life in general...

What are you reading at the moment?

20 comments:

alexa said...

There's nothing like a travel book to raise the spirits :). I have one on Sweden on loan from the library ...

Ladkyis said...

My cousin lives in Mexico just outside mexico City where there is slightly less air pollution

Miriam said...

Hello Mel, I'm not a prolific reader but travel art and photography alway grab my attention. I love the pictures of the cat and have made a note of the photography book not least because last weekend the first picture I took was out of focus but it says everything about the event!

Sian said...

I did The Prologue for A Level too (and when TTO was studying it I got a daft amount of pleasure from being able to hand on my notes! Knew they'd come in handy one day)

At the minute I'm reading a Mark Wallington book I bought J for Christmas

Karen said...

That's an impressive reading list! I've not had a lot of time to read recently, but just finished two important books, "Being Mortal," and "The Conversation." Not happy topics, but important ones. The first book is highly recommended, wonderfully written. The second was worth the price just for the information in the Appendixes.

Cheri said...

That is a lot of books for one month! I haven't taken photos of what I've read, but it might be difficult in any event since my last several novels were read on my Kindle!

Beverly said...

I actually have taken photos this year even of the ones on my Kindle which most are. I just finished When I Married My Mother by Jo Maeder. I have started American Sniper by Chris Kyle but have not gotten hooked yet. For my winter Bible study I am working through Becoming a Woman of Grace by Cynthia Heald. Today I start The 20/20 Diet by Phil McGraw.

scrappyjacky said...

Liking the look of your plans....ours are exciting as well.

Abi said...

You have read a lot. I too am excited by your upcoming trip. I'm pleased to see you enjoyed Mettle Bible study notes. I read them through most of my early teens. Really fab.

Alison said...

Now THAT'S an eclectic selection!....I have just started 'the Sunrise' by Victoria Hislop and I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed 'THE INVENTION OF WINGS' by Sue Monk Kidd xx

Lizzie said...

Great selection of reading matter there, Mel!
I also studied - and enjoyed - The General Prologue, though it was for my "O"-level Lit., rather than my "A"-level. We also studied The Knight's Tale, which was good (but not as fun as The Miller's Tale, which our English teacher read to us one afternoon - in dialect, with much expression. We were 15-year-old girls... cue much sniggering and howls of laughter (to the point where the teacher in the class next door came to see what was going on, thinking the teacher had left us alone and we were playing up. Embarrassing for our teacher, I think - though the staff were probably used to her by then! I did like that teacher. She was our form mistress in IVth year and liked us so much, that she asked to keep us for Vth year too!) So, your Chaucer reading has stirred up some fun memories for me!
I've been reading my mum's collection of "Miss Read" books. They're rather nice stories and Light reading for me, when life has been so crazy-busy in recent months.
Also working my way through several Rosamund Pilcher novels, that I seem to have collected without trying - for the same reason as Miss Read; they are nicely written, good stories, but not very taxing to my poor little fuzzy brain.
I daresay I'll start again with some more "academic / challenging" reading soon - there's a Henry James in my bookcase, which I have never actually read (!) and a couple of John Fowles books that I'd like to read again (and again)...
Hope you find time for more books in the coming months - I'll look out for your posts. Happy Reading!

The Creative Beast said...

What a fun idea to photograph your monthly reading! I might have to try that except for the fact that I seem to move through books a bit slowly these days as I keep checking out so many from the library at once! ;) but I am currently enjoying a wonderful book I received as a gift recently titled 'Chasing Sylive Beach' by Cynthia Morris - time travel, intrigue, & romance set in Paris and centered around the bookstore owned by Sylvia Beach, 'Shakespeare & Co'. It's been quite a treat to read so far!

Kirsty.A said...

Someone else recommended 'Year of living Biblically' recently so I've just uploaded it to my kindle to read for myself.
I've just finished Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl) - thoroughly enjoyed it

Missus Wookie said...

Most of my books are on the kindle at the moment for ease of portability. I've had 'the year of living biblically' recommended too. We have several LIFE collections - that is where my love of photography came from I suspect.

Missus Wookie said...

Most of my books are on the kindle at the moment for ease of portability. I've had 'the year of living biblically' recommended too. We have several LIFE collections - that is where my love of photography came from I suspect.

Melissa said...

Wow, what a great bit of reading you accomplished in January! I read the Year of Living Biblically several years ago and found it a little disconcerting but interesting.

Rachel B said...

Great selection Mel, can't wait to hear more about forthcoming plans too :)

Ruth said...

Goodness, didn't you do well with your reading in January!
I've just finished Pillars of the Earth (second time of reading) and am about to start An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth | Life Lessons from Space by Chris Hadfield.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Interesting idea. I kept track of my books on my blog last year. I might do that again this year.
Rinda

Gail said...

Hope your reading is coming along - I was quite impressed with just how many books you managed to read in January. Sadly reading has slipped by the wayside here for a bit. I was reading one of the Diana Galbadon (sp?) books but this one just didn't grab me and it sits unfinished on my iPad. I've been concentrating more on finishing some albums, a special album project and starting the one for our 2008 cruise to St. Petersburg.
Hope this finds you well and enjoying life.