Friday, 31 January 2014

I read, therefore I am

Most of you know that I am a passionate reader - fiction being my poison of choice but I also have a soft spot for a pretty cook book or a great real life adventure. I have also been in a Bookclub for a few years, acing as secretary like forever for the club. I also have a blogging connection with the wonderful folks of Exclusive Books - my hangout of choice in many shopping malls. Even in the day of Kindle I still like to sit with a "real"book and read my heart out.

I have recently discovered that Exclusive Books makes the "Buy a good book" thing a lot easier by publishing an "Exclusive Books recommends" list of 5 books every month, chosen with care from the publishers list of the month. You can be sure that choosing any one of these will give you great reading joy.

Their golden favorite for this month is by one of my all time favorite writers - Amy Tan and is titled: "Valley of Amazement".I will never forget the first Amy Tan I ever read - "The Joy Luck Club" - it had me running to the closest Chinese takeaway to eat the lovely flavours so vividly described in the book while devouring her great characters and story line. This book spans over 50 years and two continents and promise to be a riveting read.
The other books on the list are:
  • Donna Tart's "The Goldfinch" I will never forget her "The Secret History" - such a chilling tale. This book sounds like a great read and has received excellent reviews.
  • One of the most inspiring books of the last six months is An Astronaut’s Guide to Life by the world’s most famous astronaut by Colonel Chris Hadfield who has spent over 4000 hours in space. It promise to change the way you think of our world.
  •  In the traditional and cosy vein of PG Wodehouse is Sebastian Faulkes’ resurrection of the inimitable Jeeves in Jeeves and the Wedding Bells
  • Rounding off their selection is the stunning The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg. With all the men off to war, Fritzi and her sisters must learn men's work, from fixing flats to driving the tow truck. Wearing smart little caps, short skirts and roller skates, they fly round the forecourt of The All-Girl's Filling Station. But it's wartime, and the sisters' peace won't last long. I really want to read this one - its sounds great.
 ( You may notice that I have incorporated the "Cat's bookclub" blog into this one - there is going to be a lot of book talk here)


  1. I love this know I am always on the lookout for a good read.

  2. I have just posted a book review today. I also LOVE to read.

  3. Oh - blogspot does remember "ship passing ..." :-) Did that Rietvlei post get submitted ok then - it didn't say "will be reviewed by blog owner."

    Donna Tart - interesting person. I browsed The Goldfinch in Exclusive Books.
    How did you find it in the end?

    I thought it was just a bit too unreal, it could never happen that way in real life.

    1. In the end after reading many reviews I did not attempt to read it


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