Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Winter Reading List

I have an addiction. Well, I have many but I have two in particular that come together in today's post.

"Hello, my name is Amy and I am a book purchasing addict with list making issues."

I am here today to make a confession: I own a lot of books, I mean, A LOT. My collection is also growing at such a rate that it will soon rival the Great Library at Alexander. Unfortunately due to a million well worn excuses I have not yet made a significant dent in reading all of said collection, mainly because I buy them faster than I can read them. I also make a lot of reading lists, a habit that started in primary school with reading lists that the library would hand out to challenge the kids, or recommendations to keep children busy over the Christmas/ Summer holidays. I loved ticking each book off the list that feeling of accomplishment, like I had somehow absorbed even more from the book, derived more enjoyment because I could quantify my experience in someone else's eyes. I have continued this tradition into adulthood and still keep a list in the back of each year's desk diary of the books that I have read over the course of the year.

With these two addictions in mind I have decided to share my winter reading list with you all. As I finish each book I will post a review and if you have any ideas or thoughts about these books or authors, please share. There is nothing more important about literature than sharing it with others and letting it spark conversation and nourish connections and create shared experience between people.

Here are the books I have chosen so far:
1. Carrots 'n' Cake by Tina Haupert (I also love this lady's blog)
2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
3. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
4. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

A fence that I pass on the way to work. Fascinating that the vine is now gone,  but has left behind a lasting memory on the fence.
My bookmark is at the ready and my mind is hungry for whatever I find between the pages, here I dive into some of my favourite travels; through the front covers of a great book.

So tell me, what are you reading at the moment?


  1. I am obsessed with that fence picture. Wow...what a cool pic!

    I also have an obsession with reading...a major obsession! I recently read carrots n cake and LOVED IT! Not sure what I will read next...I need to find some good ones for the summer here :) Have a wonderful day!

  2. Reading hasn't been a happening thing for me of late but I joined a knitting/reading club at a bookshop and the book for our first meet was to be 'Book of Lost Threads' by Tess Evans (they have changed the book and I have to go buy that one now!) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. An honest story situated in a small Aussie town in Victoria. Knitting was part of the story as well!