One Week – Summer 13 Books Read

This is the third and final day of the seasonal linky One Week.  For three days this week, Older Mum in a Muddle is posting a photograph and a few words that describes her experience of summer ’13.  Here is my contribution for today.

Books summer 13I somehow managed to read lots and lots over the summer.  I think I achieved this by reading at every opportunity – when I was cooking the dinner, when I first woke up before getting out of bed, while everyone else was watching the television, while waiting for the little man at his swimming lessons.  I am very happy when I have been able to read a lot.  The photo is of the books that I read this summer: And The Mountains Echoed (Khaled Hosseini), Five Days (Douglas Kennedy), Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit (Jeanette Winterson), The Buddha in the Attic (Julie Otsuka) and not pictured, because I have lent it to a friend, Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? (Jeanette Winterson) and Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) which belonged to someone else.

Getting on for a book a week, which is what I used to do in my commuting days.  Very pleasing.

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10 Responses to One Week – Summer 13 Books Read

  1. Oh how lovely! I’ve read a few this summer as well including Gone Girl. I want to read the Buddha in the Attic – looks good, what did you make of it? And what do you plan to read now? Thank you for joining in #oneweek again lovely. And I really hope I get to read more posts from you over the autumn. X.

    • I really loved Gone Girl, Older Mum, it was one of my favourites. Buddha in the Attic I really enjoyed, it’s easy to read, quite short, and about something I didn’t even know existed. I’d started Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which is about the same thing, but found that hard to get into, but Buddha was much better. Definitely read it. I’ve got loads on my bookshelf, but I’m going to read Invisible by Paul Auster next (one of my favourite authors) and The Tipping Point (Malcolm Gladwell) because an internet friend in America recommended Blink by the same author and I loved it, and also The Tipping Point relates to a part of the social psychology course I’m just coming to the end of, so I think I will find it really interesting. So many books, so little time! Tell me what you think of Buddha when you’ve read it. x

  2. The only thing I am looking forward to when DB gets a little older is full nights sleep so I can really start reading again.

  3. Oh wow, what a fantastic achievement! I’ve always wanted to read Oranges are not the only fruit – was it good? So nice to have some time to lose yourself in a book :) Popping over from #oneweek x

    • Dragonsflypoppy, Oranges was really good. I tried to read it several years ago and couldn’t, and to be honest I think I could only read it this time because I read “Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?” first. Knowing where the story originated made it all seem like much more sense than it would otherwise. Thanks for commenting – will call over to you. x

  4. Zazzy says:

    Gone Girl is on my list. I’ll have to check out your other books. Reading is one of my most favorite things.

    • Zazzy, Gone Girl is absolutely brilliant and made me change my loyalties several times. It has a wonderful twist at the end, which, once I saw it, I could see that was how the story was always going to end. I’m not devious enough to have seen it coming, though.

  5. Mummy Plum says:

    I’ve been meaning to read Gone Girl (when I get the time – ha ha), and after reading the comments I will certainly now be putting it to the top of my ‘To Read’ list. How lucky to have been able to read so much this summer. Great to have caught up with some of your current projects this #oneweek.

    • Let me know what you think when you’ve read it, Mummy Plum. You’ve got a lot going on at the moment, but it is such an excellent book, I imagine it hooking you in and not letting you back out again!