Recent Reads

After a bit of a lull, I have finally got back into reading regularly. As with most things, it’s about making time – reading a quick five minutes in the staff room with my coffee, taking my Kindle on the tube, switching the computer off, reading instead of watching some pap on TV (you know, the stuff you barely take in, it’s just there?). I don’t always get it right, but I’m definitely reading more :-). My recent reads include:

A Game of Thrones

This book is magnificent. The kind of engrossing read that takes you somewhere else entirely. It is absolutely ridden with violence and the like, but in this other world of fantasy and intrigue it all seems far too plausible. I’m so glad this is just part one of a heptalogy!

A Clash of Kings

After devouring book one in the series, I leapt straight into book two. More of the same, in the most wonderful and complimentary way possible. I am forcing myself to pause before book three because I feel I need to be reading a decent range, as tempting as it is to get lost in the world Martin has created.

Winter Is Coming.

It’s Your Time You’re Wasting

Frank Chalk writes about being a supply teacher at some really tough schools. I count my blessings.

The Slap

I’m glad I read this book, as lots of people were talking about it, but I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it. Enjoyed is the wrong word. It was certainly interesting and undeniably well written, but the whole endeavour left me a little cold. Misanthropic and dour, but definitely an important book.

At Home

I *heart* Bill Bryson. Every time I read one of his books I learn so much, and yet his books are a leasure to read – accessible and charming. He is an author to prize and to treasure, and I really can’t recommend this book highly enough!

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Such an interesting book! I came away with a new take on several of my own ideas about education, learning, dedication and child-rearing. Eloquent and sharp.

50 Facts That Should Change The World


The Hunger Games

This book is amazing. From the first chapter you are swept into the world of Panem, and the Games themselves are terrifying, but with a sinister frisson of analogy when you examine our society’s love of broadcasting as much as they can….

Catching Fire

….just as good as the first book, had me attempting to read whilst eating dinner / brushing teeth etc. Am now onto ‘Mockingjay’, the third in the trilogy. I’m going to be so sad when it’s over!

So my reading addiction is back with a passion! And yet I am always on the hunt for tips…what are you reading, lovelies?

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  1. Shan
    5th October 2011 / 3:00 pm

    Hooray for reading!!! I'm going to find the Frank Chalk book for my husband

  2. City Life to Ranching Wife
    5th October 2011 / 3:11 pm

    Currently reading Mockingjay and I don't want it to end! LOVED The Hunger Games and can't wait to pick up A Game of Thrones..I've heard wonderful things!

  3. Claire
    5th October 2011 / 4:12 pm

    Shan, I've just started to read his second one too – entertaining and insightful, in a very snarky and readable way.CLRW (for want of a better acronym ;)), I'm adoring Mockingjay. Such great characters! I hope you like A Game of Thrones!Cxx

  4. Relyn
    5th October 2011 / 10:54 pm

    Hunger Games is stunning. Absolutely stunning. I remember when the third book came out. I was so scared to read it, just in case it wasn't as good as the first two. It was.

  5. Wiwille
    7th October 2011 / 3:48 pm

    I love Game of Thrones. The HBO series is great too.

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