Friday, February 25, 2011

Down Time

Sometimes the best nights are those in which you can curl up in your softest snuggie blanket, put on some easy listening, brew a cup of tea (or more favourably, pour a glass of wine), and get completely enthralled in your new favourite book.
One of my favourite pastimes is reading.  Put a book in front of me and chances are you will not hold my attention for very long.
It’s funny... you’re either a reader or not a reader.  Those who read get into their books and the characters and the story and can’t wait to pick it up again where they left off.  Those who don’t read simply can’t understand why you wouldn’t just watch a movie.  To them, I explain that reading is like watching a movie in your head... you get to imagine all the characters, the scenes, and it can last much longer than an hour and half.  (From that description, I usually just get an eyebrow raise and a response such as “Riiight.. I think I’ll just watch a movie”).

So for you fellow boring people that would rather spend time reading that pumping iron at the gym intellects, I bring to you a list of some of my favourite books.  If you have read some of the books below and you can think of some that I should read, please comment and let me know!

(These aren’t in any order.. just where they were on my bookshelf)

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
Sarah’s Key – Tatiana De Rosnay
The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill
The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls
Little Bee – Chris Cleave
Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
Still Alice – Lisa Genova
Princess – Jean Sasson
The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton

Oh, and by the way, there’s this really cool app on Facebook called Visual Bookshelf that allows you to search and rate the books that you’ve read.  And if any of your other friends have the app you can see what they’re reading as well and read any reviews that they’ve wrote. It’s pretty cool actually J
Happy Reading!


  1. I love reading. Always have. Lately I'm reading a lot of Chuck Palahniuk, the author behind Fight Club. He writes very thought provoking books. If I'm in the mood for something lighter I like Christopher Moore. He wrote Lamb, quite possibly the most sacrilegious book I've ever read but its very very funny.

    Happy reading yourself.

  2. Hey Kristy

    further to your query darlin... it's (hopefully I got that right... if I am wrong, come back and tell me okay). It's a good place to link up and find other blogs etc... and a good place for exposure...

    Oh and I like your booklist, I am a huge avid reader.


  3. Yup, I just double checked.. that's the right address!

  4. Thank you for your great booklist! I have a chapters gift certificate and I'm definitely going to pick up one of your recommendations! :) Thanks for the cozy picture too..