Friday, 28 June 2013

Bookclub! Quiet by Susan Cain

   The full title of this book is Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking and it was the book I picked for June.

   I am really glad that I read this book. It made to really think how a lot of the decisions are made. I like the attention to working on your own is shown as important and really successful in a lot of cases.

   There are also a variety of studies about introversion and how thinking is really praised in this book.

   I did think her chapter about Asian Americans was too generalised. It was a also a little dry at times but that did bother me as much. 

   I also thought that the chapter on the raising of children really effective, and the mentions she makes of her family really moving.

   Overall I thought it was a good book and really thought provoking. I hope that this is not just because I'm an introvert myself.

   Those were my impressions hope that people liked it too.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Bookclub picks

   So bookclub update I wanted to show what I'd picked before. I am also going to give what I've picked for the next three months.

   The past picks are:

   January:  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

   April:       Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

   May:         Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

   June:        Quiet by Susan Cain

    The next three months that I have decided to pick are

   July:         Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

   August:     The Three Weissmann's of Westport by Catherine Schine (I did pick this for a previous bookclub but I've completely forgotten what I read and I want to read it again)

   September: Anywhere but here by Jenny Gardiner

   I hope that everyone wants to read these as well!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Another challenge

   When I was working in between doing educational stuff, I did a reading challenge. I read in that time Rebecca by Daphne Du Mourier, which took me a while to like but slowly I came to appreciate it. I read The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger (which I absolutely hated, ditto with On The Road by Jack Kerouac).  

   I found this really a fun challenge. It also made me reading for pleasure something to look forward too. I have also said this before but reading a book that you don't like can also be really good to have a discussion about, it makes you analyse why you didn't like it. I am, however only going to commit to 100 pages if I don't like it.

   This also has been inspired by the fact that I have never read The Great Gatsby and it seems a big gap in my reading. I don't want to watch the film, but the book seems like it would be nice to read.

   I want to make a list of books that I have been intrigued by and want to try. There are a few rules that I have decided on though and they are the following:

   1. This has to be a book that I have not read and that I would get something out of reading. Thus ruling out Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Hardy, or any Dickens. I am also not reading about stuff that I find upsetting or annoying hence why I am not going to read Marin Amis or Irvine Welsh.

   2. I am going to set myself a limit of 100 pages if the book hasn't hooked me or intrigued my by that time I really don't think it's going to get to me. I also think having limits is good. It means you know when you can stop, and I am not going to waste my time on something that I am not enjoying, time is too short and I want to expand what I am reading.

   3. The books that I am choosing, the majority of the them need to be available from the library. Unless it's something I really want to read and I can find cheaply.

   4. This is along term project and it's books that I am going to find a challenge. So this a project for myself. And is going to take a long time as I add and delete books from the list.

   And here is the list in no particular order, books that I have been intrigued by and want to read.

   The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

   The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien

   The Women's Room by Marilyn French

   Selected Short Stories by Katherine Mansfield

   The Collected Short Stories (2008) by Lorrie Moore.

   One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez  

   The Seven Sisters by Margaret Drabble

   I expect that there will be more to come, and I am going to be up for the challenge!  


Apple Pie

  Ahh Apple pie how I like thee. I would also throw into this apple cake as well. There is something about how sharp the bramely apple is to the sweetness of the cake or pie crust. That picture also looks amazing 

   There is also something great about the smell of apple pie. Though cooking any pie the smell is really nice, but there is something different about the apple smell. I think it's the tartness of the apple when it is just taken out of the oven. It just smells fantastic.