Thursday, April 14, 2011

Autumn Reading

It's Autumn in Brisbane and it's great time to sit outside in the afternoon - or morning - sunshine and get into some serious reading!  And I've gotten my nose into some really great books lately... all of them big and thick too!
I began 'Baudolino' by Umberto Eco.  This was one I already owned in paperback, but I searched for a hardcover; as I love being able to rest something like that on my lap and just lean on it and read as the sun warms me.  And I love the book; even though it's been losing me in some parts, it's beautifully written and has some gorgeous language in it.
Then, I picked up 'Passage to India' by E.M Forrester.  This one is also in hard cover; but it's also illustrated and has a separate piece of paper about the author and his biography in the back.  It was a book I picked up at Redland Bay one day while I was there with my Mum at a second-hand store.  The first chapter talks about how India looked in the 1930's and after that, it gets into the story; how beautiful, don't you think?
The next book I'm plowing through (well, I was up until around 1am last night reading through the prologue and the first few pages of Part One) is 'The Troy Game' by Sara Douglas.  It's a part one of two ... and boy!  Is it thick!  But it's got all the Greek Gods in it you can think of; and even Atlantis stars in it too briefly before it takes a dive under the waves of the ocean in the prologue.  But once I struggled through that, I was pretty much good. 
Before that book, though, I read a small book of short stories on animals and what they do for us.  At first I thought it was just about dogs and cats - as it has a dog on the cover - but it has all kinds of animals in it; right down to a pig!  So, this was a very good collection of stories about how any kind of animal can be a loving pet to people from all walks of life. 
So, what are you all reading this Autumn - or Spring in whichever part of the world you're from.  It's a great time of the year to be reading something great!  It's not too hot and not too cool to be outside and enjoying the weather right now.  

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