29 April 2014

Why do you read?

Walking the other night, I caught a glimpse through the partially drawn curtains of a beautiful home. Nestled next to the requisite tasselled standard lamp, was a floor-to-ceiling book case, jam packed with tomes of every colour and type.
There was a gap, ever so slightly left of centre, that had my mind racing.
Why was there a book missing. What had they drawn out, and not replaced? Was it being thumbed through out of sight, accompanied by a cup of tea? Was it face planted, spine stretched out (oh the horror) on a bedside table whilst the owner took their teeth out & settled in for the night? Had it been borrowed by a beloved friend? Or, was the book so terrible that it had be given to their least favourite person?
All these questions, never to be answered. But you can.
Tell me, where and what is the book that you're currently reading in the comments below. Help my curtain twitching fascination be realised.
Is it something you're enjoying? Is it something that you feel should be read? Is it something you utterly hate but can't help but turn the next page?

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  1. Hmm, all travel books!
    I'm currently reading: Maurizio de Giovani's Blood Curse (2nd in the Commissario Ricciardi series); Reza Aslan's No God But God (Origins, Evolution & Future of Islam); and an Everyman Library edition of Rimbaud's verse (this following an evening at Keats House, on Rimbaud & Verlaine - about whom I previously knew nothing). Of the first, Italian background with an unusual hook. I love Italy, I am a fan of 'old-fashioned' detective stories (Allingham, Marsh); what's not to like? Of the second - well, the more I know of Islam, the more I can understand my neighbours. It's a well-written book - even if I already disagree with many of the precepts which gave rise to the religion as seen today.

    I've never counted all my books, and it's very much a 'one day' project to organise them - though all my art books are mostly together, as are my books dealing with music & musicians. I rarely give books away!

    Why do I read? To discover minds other than my own, and stories other than my own!

  2. I finished the whole delirium series recently on your recommendation, and am now on the second Divergent book. Delirium kickstarted my love of reading again and I've had my nose in my kindle since! So thanks! Also, Adam's reading The night circus and I want him to finish so I can read it too.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed Delirium! I recommended it to Emma and absolutely adored the first two books. I've not read the third book yet but will very, very soon.

  3. In my bookcase is a huge gap because on my nightstand is a hard cover collection of Agatha Christie stories, I love to read her words before bed.

  4. I'm currently reading Lisey's Story by Stephen King. It's my first Stephen King novel and the writing style has taken a bit of getting used to, so it's taken me over 100 pages to get into it, but I'm liking it more now. It had big shoes to fill after just completing Harry Potter, so that may be why I felt a bit disappointed in it.

    I love that you asked WHERE the book is. :) I hope you get more interesting answers than mine - My current book always sits on a ledge behind my bed b/c we don't have room for bedside tables. I probably shouldn't tell you that my books often fall from said ledge and land in awful, spine-destroying positions. :)

  5. I just finished 'The Psychopath Test' by Jon Ronson which was totally humorous and fascinating. I'm off to read all of his other books ASAP!

  6. Currently reading 'The Moon is Down' John Steinbeck and just finished 'Inherit the Dead' by various authors - both of which (very different) are good reads!

  7. I am currently readying arcanum By Simon Morden. Fantasy novel about all the magic leaving! I was dubious at first but now really enjoy it! :-)

  8. I am reading Scar Tissue at the moment and holy jesus it's a roller coaster ride. I had heard it was good, but I am totally hooked. When I am not reading it, I am thinking of it. I will be sad when it ends

  9. I'm currently reading "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater.
    I read to travel to different times, different places, different lives. I read to get comfort when I'm down and to celebrate when I'm happy. I need to read as I need eating and sleeping. I can't imagine my life without reading.

  10. I just finished reading "Little Bones" and am looking for something new to read. Its story-telling is a bit Dickensian and reminded me a bit of Nell from the Old Curiosity Shop. Not an awful ending but still a little saddening. Next book will have to have a sing a happier tune i think.

  11. I've just read Gone by Michael Grant and really enjoyed it. The writing was a tiny little bit patchy in parts but I'm hoping that will improve on the next book.

  12. I'm reading The Omnivore's Dilemma just now. Next up is "The Fault in Our Stars". Quite a swing in genres, but my brain swings pretty wildly like that!
    And actually, they're both on my Kindle, which is on my night stand.


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