I used to whine that i didn’t have time to read, but actually, if truth be known, if i had spent half as much time reading books as i did blogging/blog reading i could have read at least one book a week for every one of the 4+ years i’ve been blogging.
(not that the blog reading hasn’t been great though!)
I’ve always been fond of reading, but i’d become something of a slothful bookworm over the years. The most challenging thing i had read in recent years (and boy oh boy was it challenging!) was when Lorna and Eija invited me to read The Holy Bible in a three month time frame. That was about 2 years ago i think.
I didn’t really expect that it would reignite my passion for the written word as well as my passion for the Word…but it kind of did, and since then, i’ve endeavoured to read at least one book every couple of months and if possible, every month.
Of late,with things as they are i’ve found the escapism afforded by a good read, just to much of a good thing to pass up.
Before we went away I had just finished reading Enduring Love, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. A couple of days before we went, I started reading Emma ….i finished reading that within the first day of two of being in Wales.
Even though we were out sigh- seeing ( yes, ‘sigh’ because it was fabulous….mountains, castles, bookshops) and marauding all over the menai straits, the north of Wales and throughout Snowdonia… i still managed to find the time to read a good few books before i came back home, these were: Animal Farm, Life of Pi and Sense and Sensibility.
I did try very hard to read Mansfield Park.
But i got half way through it and was so thoroughly bored rigid and frustrated with it that after hearing me groan aloud over reading yet another nullifying page, Wondergirl walked over to where i was sitting, took the book out of myunsuspecting hands, and promptly went off and hid it.
I didn’t beg it back.
Mansfield Park is the only novel by Jane Austen that i haven’t read.
Sorry Jane, if you are reading this, but I have to be honest with ya’, if that had been the first of your books i’d have read, i would probably never had picked up another.
With all the stuff to be done on my return from holiday, i hadn’t got back into reading mode until a couple of nights ago when i picked up the delightfully short but brilliant read, ‘Of Mice and Men’. I read it well within the space of 2 hours, but then my mind was alive and on hyper mode so i couldn’t get to sleep when i finally put the book down at about 1.30am.
We have the DVD of the same film so it wasn’t hard for the story to really come to life for me…in fact i couldn’t get the images of John Malkovich and Gary Sinise (CSI New York) out of my head as i was reading (am i the only person who doesn’t like Horatio from CSI Miami?)….i guess that means they portrayed the story well, i believe they did.
I’ve now begun my next read, ‘Little Women’.
I love. Love. love the book
And I really enjoy watching the film.
Though i have read it before, my daughter, who fortunately for me has inherited the gene for digging out book gems in charity shops like Oxfam – though wow, wow, wow, they are getting seriously expensive in there 😦 and Help the Aged, British Heart Foundation and Barnardos – stumbled across an absolutely beautiful edition of this novel.
The inscription on the inside cover (oh i DO love inscriptions!) is dated either 1940, 1946 or 1948 (whoever wrote the date went over the numbers to alter them and i can’t quite make out the finally decided date) and although we have more modern versions of Little Women on our bookshelves here, this is the one i have started to read.
While away we did the usual round of second hand bookshops and charity shops, discovered a few very good book bargains too… a charming little C of E prayer book and a matching tiny hymn book, both containing inscriptions/Sunday School book stamps (anyone old enough on here to remember those?) along with a whole slew of Classics at knock down prices.
As an aside, i must share this hideously petty and arrogant article about the repulsion with which the writer views second hand books, libraries and other means of attaining germ infested, bogey encrusted tomes.
The article was written to make a lot of people very cross and to encourage a lively debate in the combox because that’s the way the Guardian Online do things. If they can’t employ decent writers they employ those who can’t and ask them to provoke people into visiting their webpage via links such as the one i have placed here.
The ‘piece’ was written by a man i’ve never heard of but who apparantly writes things that people do actually want to read. He has a book out with Julie Birchall i do believe.
Collaborative genius. No?
Anyway, i link to the article not primarily for the articles sake but because the comments are a darned entertaining read. A word or two of caution though….If you are reading the comments at your computer/laptop etc, please please please do NOT be drinking any refreshments when you do so. They are an absolute scream.
While on the subject of books, you may or may not have seen in my facebook status lately that i have found a brilliantly frugal way of recycling and receiving books.
Since i am a boring old fart who is always the last to know about anything ….you don’t know just how true that is, unless you know me personally, and then you probably do know how true that is.
It was only when the priest at Mass on Friday said ‘as the Olympic Games are about to start, we will pray a Hail Mary, that the Lord may hear us, let us pray for peace…’ that it even registered with me that the OG was already upon us.
Anyway, back to this brilliant new discovery i made….you probably already know about this wonderful site called Bookmooch, but it was news to me when i stumbled across it a few days ago.
The idea is this.
- You put books online that you no longer want, (add the title and a short description of condition etc).
- For every book of yours that is ‘mooched’ from you, you get 1 point.
- With that 1 point, you can then mooch a book from someone else.
- No money changes hands.
- The only cost to yourself is the cost of posting a book to someone who wants to mooch it.
- Any books you mooch are yours to keep, or to list again.
- To start you off, you upload ten books you don’t want.
- Then Bookmooch gives you 1 point so you can mooch a book straight away.
- Joining is free. free. free.
- Love it.
- You can mooch a book from overseas but it will cost you 2 points. (because of the extra cost of postage). Alternatively you can choose to send only within your own country (i have opted for this as it’s more economical, but if one of YOU felt passionately about receiving any of my books then i would probably either swap one of my books for yours, or send it to you anyway – i guess it depends how heavy the book is)
- If you mooch a book from someone within our own country, it will only cost 1 point.
- Within ten minutes of my listing books, 1 was mooched from me. The next morning i woke up and another book was mooched from me. The cost of sending the heavier book, second class was about £1.68 and the cost of sending the lighter book second class was about .63p.
- I call that great. Even books in charity shops can average £2-3.
- Both books had been heavily underlined, highlighted an annotated.
- These were second hand books, so you see, your books don’t even have to be in perfect condition.
- Sadly most titles I’ve been interested in moching (thus far) are in the U.S. …I particularly wanted 1984, Rebecca, To kill a Mockingbird etc…so if you have ’em let me know – then become a moocher so i can mooch ’em from you!
- But despite that, i’m very pleased to have mooched The Catcher in the Rye and The Confessions of St. Augustine from two fellow Brit Moochers, so there is some good stuff to be found even for us U.K’ers.
- I really don’t have cash to spend on brand new books every month so this is a really practical and inexpensive alternative. I hope you’ll get a lot of enjoyment out of the site if it’s all new to you too!
If you are a member of Bookmooch or intend on joining Bookmooch LET ME KNOW!!!!
Would you also please be so kind as to take a look at the books i have listed on my Bookmooch Inventory and see if there is anything you want to mooch from me?
There is a fairly mixed bag. But perhaps as expected, there’s a good share of Christian reading material, so some of the books and booklets might be of interest to some of you. I have only just discovered the site, like i said, therefore i will continue to add titles to my inventory, so please remember to check it out from time to time and see if there is anything you want. Remember. No money transactions occur. This is a points system. Now why not go check out what books you have to put online, who knows, i just might want to mooch some of yours?
For a while now i’ve also been looking into Bookcrossing…Paperback Book Swap …Frugalreader and Read it Swap it….but so far, I think Bookmooch is the one that is right up my street….well, actually it’s global, but same difference in this case.
In fact, it possibly could be right up my street one day….the founder of Bookmooch has a vision for Bookmooch to go global in the physical world at some point. It would be like a huge bookstore, but it would still work on a points system, you would just walk in o the Bookmooch store and mooch a book as long as you had enough points to do so.
Though this would likely happen first in America, the principle behind it could easily be set up throughout the world. No warehouses and minimal outgoings for Bookmooch and win-win, no monetary payments for the moochers. I really like that idea. A little like a library system, but you get to keep your book if you want it, and you also get to get rid of books you neither want nor read anymore.
I’m really enjoying using the Bookmoock site, as you can tell.
Not only because no money changes hands at a time when i am thoroughly brassick, but also because it’s good for the earth (you can’t recycle books like paper because of the book binding glue) and because it spurs me on to get some of my book clutter shifted and to give my bookshelves a new influx of hitherto unread reading material.
So. what about you?
Do you use any mooching/swapping kind of sites that i have or haven’t mentioned here? I’d love to hear about your experiences with them.
And just because I’m a curious soul…what are you reading at the moment ?