23.4.09

WORLD BOOK DAY

Today is World Book Day in Norway and a host of other countries - not Ireland and the UK, where books are celebrated in early March. Not sure why it's called WORLD Book Day then but as I think every day should be a Book Day, I'm not going to complain.
Coincidentally, yesterday I mentioned in passing to D2’s teacher that I was a member of a Book Club. She thought this was funny as she associates book clubs with people of her mother’s generation. The teacher is maybe three or four years younger than me, and is married with two kids. It seems I’ve just outed myself as an old fogey.
Well I’m out and I’m proud. I love books with almost as much passion as I love my family; that’s a lotta passion. My monthly book club gathering is the highlight of my social life. Really. (I say really, as I realise that this may sound unconvincing - OK sad even - to some.) I can’t imagine trying to sleep at night without reading at least a few pages first. D1 is now the same; she’s currently into a series of books called Horrible Histories.

I’m reading ‘The Welsh Girl’ by Peter Ho Davies. What are you reading?

10 comments:

Aidan said...

Oh I do like my books too. I just finished "Nervous Conditions" by Tsitsi Dangaremba and I am now on "Zugzwang" by Ronan Benett, a biog called "Blood Dark Track" Joseph O'Neill, a very tough going French book and various books about Japan I dabble in. I am not monobookamous by any means, I should live in Utah!

Joanne said...

I am STILL reading Wally Lambs latest The hour I first believed. It is unfortunately slow and not up to his usual standard! Damn cos it is loooooong. Inbetween I have just read The Outliers by Malcolm Gradwell - Brilliant!!!

JEDA said...

No no, Aidan. In Utah you're only allowed to read The Bible, The Book of Mormon, and The Pearl of Great Price concurrently. All other books are verboten. Oh--except the Twlight books, of course. Those are required reading in Utah too now.

I'm still stuck in Norwegian reading hell. Almost finished with 'Ut og Stj├Žle Hester' by Per Petterson. Pssst--it's not really about stealing horses at all. I think it's supposed to be about the Norwegian resistance but all they ever do is cut down trees or some shit. Yawn.

Leah said...

I think book clubs are awesome! My sister who is 25 says that it is all the rage now for girls around her age. You are definately not old fogey. I hope I can find a book club there!

Batgirl said...

Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence. Great book so far! It's my airplane book - I get through a couple of chapters every flight :-)

Michele said...

I don't read good books as often as I used to, which is a real shame. Mostly that's because I spend too much time on the internet and partly because I still use a lot of time reading Norwegian children's books (which I find oddly addicting...). Right now I am struggling through Nadine Gordimer's "My Son's Story." Unfortunately, the story is only barely interesting enough to persuade me to carry on through her dense writing style. Maybe it's just me but I find myself having to read some of her sentences three or four times to understand them. Damn! I'm heading back to "Frans og bestefar" ASAP. :-)

jinjir minjir said...

Colin Crouch, "Post-Democracy". Also, you might find this interesting.

hexe said...

Just finished "The Welsh Girl" and need to return it to the library along with a Marian Keyes lite read.

RennyBA said...

Didn't know so thanks for the reminder!

What I am reading? hmmmm; friends blog - does that count? :-)

Btw: did not know you where a friend of my blog friend Hexe - it's a small world :-)

OSLO said...

Thank you all for your comments and reading tips. Keep reading! Love the term 'monobookamous' Aidan! Didn't know about Hexe, Renny :)