Saturday, 22 January 2011

Five Books I'll Be Revisiting This Year

Buying books is a pleasure. I do it as often as I can. But that doesn't mean I stop loving all the old ones. Beside my bed at the moment I have:


  1. A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Very hard to explain, but very very funny.
  2. Uncle by J.P. Martin. A children's book; but, believe me, everything I know about property management I learned from Uncle the millionaire elephant. It's like chemically enhanced Babar.
  3. South Riding by Winifred Holtby. A story of Yorkshire in the 1930's which I'm rereading before the new TV drama appears this year.
  4. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now by Andrew Collins. Student life in the 80's: need I say more?
  5. Clean and Simple Scrapbooking:the Sequel by Cathy Zielske. A refresher course in great basic design.
Mmm..now I'm wondering: is five too many to be rereading at once? What do you think?

24 comments:

Ruth said...

Nope, 5 isn't too many ~ that's about the size of the pile next to my bed right now. And, spookily, I have Cathy's book right there, too. I've just finished Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese for my book group ~ I loved it!

Sandra said...

It's not possible to have to many books on the go at the same time ... although I think mine at the moment is only 3 - with one being for the book club, called The Friday Night Knitting Club.

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

That is one great pile of books - I am not a great fiction fan myself but the scrapbooking book very much appeals x

Jimjams said...

Now that's what I call multi-tasking! I'm a one-book-at-a-time girl rather than a bookamist, but that may have something to do with brain capacity rather than any high-faluting principles!

Louise said...

Quite a list you have there!
i'm the same as jimjams, one book at a time kinda girl! But saying that i always have a project book on the go to as well.

scrappyjacky said...

Must admit....I only have one fiction book on the go at a time....but with non-fiction....any number is not too many!!!

debs14 said...

Well there may be five, but they are five totally different ones! I only like to have one fiction book on the go at a time because I like to totally immerse myself in a story but I can easily have a few more non fiction ones on the go.

Karen said...

I too can only manage one book at at time and I take ages to read it because I am usually ready for sleep when I get to bed but in the holidays I read loads. My ideal summers day is spent in the garden just reading all day.

S said...

While the variety of 5 at one time works for you; it wouldn't for me. I can only have 2 books going at one time, usually just 1. I used to buy anthologies of short stories and poems too thinking I'd like the variety - but then I never make it past the first few in any one volume.

darkpoetess said...

hey, you're the first other person i know who knows/has read 'Confederacy of Dunces'. It's on my shelf too but further down the rereading list :-)

laurie said...

my nightstand looks like yours! i always read several books at a time. and i love going back and rereading old favorites, like you do. my only problem is lack of time and i don't seem to have any solutions. :-)

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

I think 5 is a perfect number. I get nervous if I don't have a stack of books by my bed - will I have enough to read? Many years back I did a cross stitch sampler that says "Old books are like old friends" - and they are!

Melissa said...

Of course five is not too many. I only have three going right now which is less than usual. I enjoyed both of Cathy Z's books on design. As a collector of children's books, I do believe I'm going to have to look up those Uncle stories. Our library naturally doesn't carry them, but I did see they were available at Amzazon.

Amanda said...

Looks interesting reading Sian......I only have one fiction book on the go at a time, I've just finished Pompeii by Robert Harris and started a Lesley Pearse. As for non fiction at the moment I'm perusing a book about making handbags, one about knitting techniques and finally one on a GL diet.

humel said...

I love to reread old favourites - I'm currently working through my entire collection of Agatha Christies for about the 5th time (and I'd read nearly all of them individually at least once before then, too!)

I can't manage to keep lots of books on the go at once, though. Maybe one novel, one non-fiction plus my Bible - and I can squeeze a magazine or two in there, too - but that's the most!

Cheri said...

Five sounds about right. I have two on my bedside table, two on my end table by my spot on the sofa, and one by my computer. All non-fiction. I'm pretty much with everyone else who can only read one fiction at a time. And then you won't see or hear from me until its done!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Five sounds about right because, as old friends, they can be skimmed.
Rinda

Scrappi Sandi said...

I can manage two...one fiction & one non at any one time. I've tried more but I'm easily confused & end up wondering why the plotlines keep going off at a tangent!! I like the sound of 'Uncle'..will have to check that out!

alexa said...

Definitely not too many! I love having a number of book on the go because they seem to cross-fertilize each other, and spark off new ideas and thoughts and energy. The only problem is making sure they don't all fall off the bedside table ...

Carmen said...

Nah not to many definitely. As someone who wants to get back into scrapbooking but never had any confidence in ANY of my pages and I just want to document stuff ... would you recommend that book then?

Lizzie said...

That's a good selection of reading material, Sian! Were there not 3 or 4 of the "Ridings" books, by Winifred Holtby - I seem to remember reading a set of them some years ago? And we had an Andrew Collins book - but it wasn't that one - another "looking back at our youth" type of book - about childhood in the '70's perhaps? I can find it if you want to borrow it!
Enjoy your reading.

Becky said...

No way is 5 too many! I think I've got about 5 on the go too, including the Pass the Book book which I only received yesterday!

Giselle said...

Some books you read once then consign them to the charity bag. But there are others, which, though you've devoured them more than once, just are too precious to let go....I'm with you on this one, 100%!

Gail T said...

Defintely not too many. When I was reading "real" books (as opposed to kindle ones that sounded about right. Haven't figured out yet how to read more than one on the kindle at a time.

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