Lockdown reading - What’s everyone reading?

I am finding lockdown fairly difficult to deal with so I have started burying myself in books.

I have just finished reading this book called Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto. The book is has 2 stories and it deals with grief in a beautiful way. I highly recommend for some light reading this weekend.

How everyone’s doing and also reading?

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Good books are certainly helping pass the time.

Last weekend I raced through ‘the beekeeper of Aleppo’ by Christy Lefteri.
Setting current but shows there are other bigger issues. At the same time it wasnt hard hitting and depressing right now. Just makes you think. Easily readable.
Finally also read Little Women as found an old copy on bookshelf. Now have to see the latest film.

I’m enjoying The Man Behind the Menu by Greg Watts, which lampoons the London restaurant scene and celebrity chefs, It’s laugh out loud funny. A brilliant book!

Roughly in order, since lockdown:

John Masefield’s The Midnight Folk then The Box of Deiights
Peter Hoeg’s Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow
Agatha Christie’s After the Funeral
Those were all re-reads

Just finishing Agatha Christie’s Come Tell Me How You Live
Next up Christie’s Grand Tour

Plus lots of poetry and random history stuff.

Also re-reading Elizabeth David’s bread and yeast book (no it’s not just a cookery book!)

The lockdown has focused me to look at my own bookshelves again. Luckily had recently stocked up with second hand books from St Christopher’s hospice shop. However always fall into trap of reading the newest books I have purchased and over time others fall to back of bookshelf. Going to make a point of finally reading some of them! Must have bought them for a reason in the first place. Then should have a decent pile of donations to spread between Charity shops and Leaf & Groove when then reopen. Am looking forward to the library reopening though (at some time, hopefully)!!

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@Sgc I have been following these prompts that help me pick up what book to read next in a mission to get through the books that I have picked up from charity shops. Helps me go through the bookcase thoroughly before I settle in one :slight_smile:

I’m going to need to read something funny - So I will add The Man behind the menu to the list - Thanks @Steve

Agatha Christie is such a good shout. I remember borrowing those from school libraries.

I haven’t read any poetry since I was made to read them in school :frowning: Any good ones you recommend? @marymck

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The Haynes book of chicken husbandry.

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Gosh that’s a hard question, because poetry is such a personal thing.

I’d say start with a really good anthology, like the Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes edited Rattle Bag. It’s just basically some of their own favourite poems arranged no more cleverly than alphabetically. Then you can decide for yourself what touches or entertains YOU. Don’t listen to anyone else’s opinion as to what’s “good”, or “bad”, or “sentimental” (not that there’s anything wrong with sentimental). It’s up to you. It’s what touches you personally that matters. I was put off Emily Dickinson for years because of someone else’s opinion. Now I relish her: “Unable are the loved to die, For love is immortality.” How could I have allowed myself to be put off the woman that wrote that?

Others I’ve been reading a lot lately: Edward Thomas, Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, John Clare, Seamus Heaney, Patrick Kavanagh (who also wrote Tarry Flynn and the Green Fool - two of my favourite books.) But those are just some that I like personally. Everyone will feel differently. Don’t listen to me. You decide for yourself. I also love the much misunderstood and looked down upon Kipling.

You can find great resources online at sites like Poem Hunter Just have a browse and enjoy. :blush:

Edit to add a link to Poem Hunter (I confess I’ve never listened to the readings on here, though Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes reading their own works are always a luscious treat).

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