Category: Reading

Favourite Books of 2020

The downside bedtime reading is dozing off midway through a chapter, paragraph or sentence. And when combined with my habit of juggling several books at once, it takes me a long time to read a book. But I love reading. And although it wasn’t a favourite year, I thought I’d share my favourite books of 2020.

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To Kindle, or not to Kindle?

Amazon discounted Kindles during the Black Friday-Cyber Monday sales. I have several ebook apps, including the Kindle app, on my tablets and phones. And I have a small library of ebooks, from Amazon and elsewhere. But I’ve never read an ebook from cover to cover. Could a Kindle help me enjoy ebooks?

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Bedside Books (June 2020)

Ever since my childhood, I’ve loved reading books. Even in my teens (unlike my son, sadly), I read most nights, and in my career-driven twenty-somethings, I kept up the reading habit with short stories. Now middle-aged, I still love reading, though rather than one book, I have a pile of beside books!

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A Warm Afternoon with Isabel Allende

Walking my dog one warm afternoon in January, I heard The Book Show podcast interview with Isabel Allende. The next day I saw her latest novel, A Long Petal of the Sea, in my local library. It seemed serendipity. More so as published in 2020, it would be my first book of the new year and decade.

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My Bedside Books (2019)

In December 2018, I blogged about the sixteen books which I’d read or dipped into during that year (My Year of Books). I’m a bedtime reader and often doze off with a book on my nose. Which is why I’m happy to report there were another sixteen fiction and nonfiction titles in my bedside books for 2019.

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Book Inscriptions

Inscriptions aren’t meant to state lofty goals. They’re a snapshot in time and place, and a record of the emotions felt by the writer towards the recipient. And even if we don’t know the individuals, with a little imagination, we can reconstruct the story behind the words and names on the page.

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Do You Reread Books?

Penguin Books asked a good question on Facebook last year: Do you reread books? I’ve kept all my favourite books with the thought of one day rereading them. And then I start a new book, and it’s added to my bookcase to read again — one day! However, there are three books I have reread at least once.

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The Books You Read At School

Ask anyone who, like me, was a kid in Australia in the 1970s, “What books did you read at school?” and we’re likely to recall at least three novels. For me, these three are the classics, the ones I had to read, analyse and write essays on in English. And I still have copies of them in my bookcase!

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Large Print Editions

Having watched the movie versions of Their Finest and The Zookeeper’s Wife, I was pleased to track down the books in my local library. The librarian, however, quizzed me with an arched eyebrow, “They are large print editions, is that okay?” It felt like she was telling me the books were in simple-English.

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What Books Are You Reading?

The Writer’s Circle recently posed a question for book lovers on Facebook: What book are you currently reading? In my case, the answer is not singular, but plural. I’m currently reading three books — along with a few more on my bedside table I’ll probably need to take with me to my grave to finish!

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