I am a lucky bunny. For special occasions, my lovely in-laws either give me a pile of books as a Christmas present (among others) or they send me a book token on my birthday – and the past birthday was no different. So on the day I turned another year older, I happily went online shopping at Waterstones. It took awhile for my books to come, but they came today (not all of them though), in spite of that, I am still a happy bunny.
Here’s my latest stash:
1. Never Mind by Edward St Auburn
I’ve read his books Mother’s Milk and At Last (the last book of the Melrose saga). Yes, his books are painful and harrowing to read, but I love his prose. I love the way he writes, the flow of his words no matter how distressing and horrible they are. This is the way I choose books to read, if I like the flow and the words used by the author, chances are I’ll most probably hunt down their works and read them all if I can.
2. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
I got hooked with Jeanette Winterson ever since I read Oranges are not the only fruit years ago. I then devoured the rest of her books, Written on the Body, Sexing the Cherry, Art and Lies etc… And then forgot about her, until I came across this book of hers while browsing through books to buy at Book Depository (If you love buying books online, this is a great site to visit, especially since they deliver books worldwide for free!) In fact, I first learned about this website from a cousin back home in the Philippines who orders a lot of her books from this website. Anyway, I made a mental note to buy this book on my next shopping spree and now I have it. Woo-hoo!
3. The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes by Jane Malcolm
If you’ve been reading this little blog of mine for some time now, you’ll probably know that I’m a big fan of the American poet, Sylvia Plath. So I try to read anything written about her as much as I can. I’ve been following P.H. Davies’ blog ever since I came across his blog entry about visiting Sylvia Plath’s house in Devon. He mentioned The Silent Woman on this post, I made a note to myself to hunt the book down, now it’s mine! If you’re looking for an interesting and intelligent read, do check out his blog here.
4. In the Name of Friendship by Marilyn French
Yes, she’s the same American writer whose quote I use on my blog. I was a very impressionable teenager when I first came across her book Women’s Room. For some teens, they identified themselves in Holden Caulfield the main character in J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Mine was Mira (and S. Plath), the main character in the book, even though I wasn’t anything like her. To begin with, Mira in the book was a recently divorced woman in her late 30s, trying to rebuild her life, going back to school in Harvard in a man’s world (the book is set in the 60s, the height of feminism in America). When I first read the book, I was your typical lost and confused teenager.
In the Name of Friendship, I believe is one of the two works of fiction she’s written before her death in 2009.
ANYWAY, I’m not even done with my Christmas stash yet. Still haven’t read Julian Barnes essays – Through the Window. If you’re a parent of a young child, you will know how difficult it is to finish a book while seeing to the endless needs and demands of your little one –
I read standing up while waiting for my daughter’s milk to warm up in the microwave at night. I read while waiting for my daughter to finish her business in the toilet (good thing it takes her ages to do it!). I read while my daughter watches her favourite DVDs one after another. I read while I wait for my husband to finish reading her bed time stories (thankfully he reads more than one). If I only I could read while watching over my daughter at play-group without being seen as a neglectful mother, I might just be able to catch up with my reading.
If you are a parent of a young child or just busy with life/work, how do you manage with your reading list?