It’s Monday, what are you reading?

What are you readingIt’s Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly event
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After reading, I’m satisfied if I feel I’ve been somewhere
and done something.
  Source of Quote: Lit Blogger A Work In Progress

I thought it would be important to let you know, my preference for reading matter is a place filled with sunshine and rarely filled with darkness.

I read via electronic readers, the printed page and audiobooks and enjoy specialty history and reading magazines. I listen to audiobooks too and most importantly I read books, many books.

My book choices are influenced by many LitBloggers’ blogs to whom I’m am forever grateful. I’ve listed some of my favourites here, at Artuccino and I encourage readers to follow along with the LitBlogging community.  They are a generous group who devote a lot of their precious time to readers and from whom I’ve learned a lot.

Listed below is a collection of books and other reading material that I’m reading today. When I say I’m reading today, I mean the books in progress today, the books open and not finished. Warning: I sometimes take years to finish a book, so there maybe some repetition within this group of blogs over the months. Here goes:

  • Multiple LitBlogs via RSS subscriptions – I spend an hour most days following along with my favourite LitBloggers and adding new ones to my RSS feed.
  • Various samples are in my STBR (Samples To Be Read) folder.  Today, I’ll select two or three to read through and decide whether to add them to my folder entitled Enticing Samples That I’ve read or, in the case of something that doesn’t grab me, delete the sample.
  • The Burning Library – Our Great [Australian] Novelists Lost and Found by Geordie Williamson
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  I’m re-reading this one. It sort of fell off my library shelf when I was looking for something else. I realised I couldn’t remember what the story was about so I started reading, and I haven’t stopped. Excellent story.
  • The Writing Book, A Practical Guide for Fiction Writers by Kate Grenville author of The Secret River.  This one is a workbook and I’m slowly working my way through the exercises.  I’m not very far into it yet for various reason that I won’t bore you with.  Stand-by for an update in the weeks to come.
  • Audiobook in progress – S is for Silence [The Alphabet Murders Series] by Sue Grafton – we love this series.  We space it out between other audiobooks because we don’t want to complete them too soon.  I think Sue Grafton is up to V for … so she’s only going to write W X Y Z i.e. another four.
  • Audiobook in progress – Playing with Water by Kate Llewellyn – this is a lovely slow read that I find nicely meditative. I’ve been listening to little bits over several months. It’s delicious. It’s mostly about gardening, sprinkled with recipes. I don’t garden and cooking doesn’t interest me, but I’m enjoying following along with Kate’s quiet life on the South Coast of New South Wales.
  • Audiobook in progress – Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan – this is a really good story but I’m going to abandon it because I’m into uplifting stories.  Here’s the contrast in my reading tastes: I’ve just finished one of the Isabel Dalhousie series, the latest, I’ve read them all, “The Uncommon Appreciation of Clouds”, filled with musings on moral philosophy and gentle meandering by Alexander McCall Smith. Love it!  So apologies to Mr McEwan, I’m sure his book is very good and many people will enjoy it, but not me.
  • Orientalism by Edward Said – I’m struggling with this one but I want to know what he wrote, so I’ll continue on when the mood arrives.
  • The Scientist and the Romantic by the nature writer Richard Mabey.  Just an hour long, I’ve got only another pleasant 10 minutes to go. It’s one I enjoyed listening to while walking.
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.  I’ve been listening to this one over about a year.  I savor each chapter.  There’s two final chapters before I’ll have to say good-bye, or maybe I’ll start all over again like I did with “The Pleasures of Reading in the Age of Distraction” by Alan Jacobs, another wonderful meditative read/listen.

So that’s me. That’s what I’m reading!