Sunday, 8 May 2011

One Book, Two Book, Three Book, Four... and Five...

I've been struggling a bit to keep up with blogging - my life is all over the place what with wedding cake baking (I promise a progress report this week...), training for my 10km swim, and trying to move house but I can't resist doing this meme which was created by Simon, and which has popped up all over the blogosphere in the last few days. Apologies that I didn't have my camera (up at the new house with K) to take pictures - have used Amazon pictures where I can (but sadly not all of the books had pictures I could find online)!

1. The book I'm currently reading: Myra Carroll by Noel Streatfeild. I've started looking out for Noel Streatfield books as she is one of my favourite authors, and someone who I can (when not soending money on a house) just about afford still these days (so many of the authors I'd love to collect are just too expensive). I haven't actually started it, but it's in my bag for lunchtime. I may have read it previously, but I can't remember. I'm also reading Confessions of a wedding planner by Tamryn Kirby - I follow her blog (yes, I'm a little bit interested in weddings at the moment!!) and thought this looked interested when I spotted it at the library yesterday.

2. The last book I finished. I just finished reading Noel Streatfield's Ballet Annual. This delightful book of short stories (yes, I don't even usually like short stories) written for children, all with ballet/dance/theatre themes (and a couple of non-fiction articles) by Streatfeild (some even featuring familiar characters from her childrens books such as the Fossils and Lalla the figure skater) was just perfect for a day of packing boxes, baking wedding cake and various chores yesterday. Really struggling with reading much else at the moment if I'm honest.

3. The next book I want to read. I quite want to read the book that I got K from the library called "Planning and fitting your kitchen" because I think, even if I'm not doing it, I'd like some insight into how it works. But I haven't been able to separate it from him yet. If we're talking wishlist though, I'd love to get my mitts on The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie.

4. The last book I bought has not yet arrived - it is A young man's fancy by Susan Pleydell, a new Greyladies book that I bought with birthday money and will be saving for my wedding trip.

5. The last book I given. William and Kate dress up dolly book. This was a present from Claire of Paperback Reader in return for some clothes shop vouchers that I gave her, and as a belated birthday/pre wedding present. I LOVED the Royal wedding coverage, perhaps because of my current interest in weddings. I only wish I had a second copy so that I could actually cut up and dress the paper dolls.

I think this meme should be done by everyone once a month! It would make fascinating reading.


  1. A real mix of books.

    I saw a Noel Streatfield book in a charity book shop yesterday and thought of you, perhaps I should have bought it to read myself.

    I think this would be a good monthly meme.

  2. Thanks for joining in Verity! I'll definitely be doing this meme again when nothing else is inspiring me. And I want that Wills/Kate book!

  3. Such a fun meme! What a lovely gift from Claire...

  4. The Wills and Kate book is great!! I will look out for it when I am in London this month. Also like the sound of the wedding planner book, it sounds fun!

  5. I am also very keen to read The Wilder Life. I am currently coming to the end of Laura: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Donald Zochert, so need something else for my Little House fix :o)

  6. I can't wait to read The Wilder Life. I'm 5th in line for it at my library and they're still showing it 'on order' rather than in processing so it might be a long wait! I'm also really intrigued by A Young Man's Fancy, which I'd never heard of before.

  7. Hope you're enjoying my 'Confessions' and that you'll keep following my blog too :-)

    Tamryn x

  8. Love the Will and Kate dress up dolls (I have a dd that would like one of those!). And I agree with you - this would be a fun monthly exercise. Hope you have a peaceful week in the midst of the busyness. :)

  9. Just bought my little god daughter "Dancing Shoes" for her birthday at the end of the month. Got to encourage the next generation & she loved "Ballet Shoes" which I got her last year.

  10. What a mixture of practicality and weddings - it is funny to see 'how to sort your kitchen out' books that I presume are all about grout and the magical triangle that involves fridge, cooker and something else right next to a cut-out-dolls book!

    I'm amazed at how much you're getting done - they do say that marriage and house moving are two of the most stressful things its possible to do in your entire life - and you've opted for both at once, plus PE plus entertaining all of us! Are you full of energy or torn in all directions?

    And my list is here

  11. Ballet Shoes and White Boots were my favourite books by Streatfield when I was growing up:)

    You've got so much going on so you should pat yourself on the shoulder for even posting! Good luck with the wedding baking:)

  12. I posted my link to this meme today. I think you are doing very well with wedding preparations and whatnot! enjoy the doings!


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