Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What I'm Reading

I love reading and generally have at least one book on the go... sometimes more (you know, an upstairs book, a downstairs book, one at work... isn't that normal?) These are the things I'm currently reading or have just finished.

Winter Holiday - I've read this before and I'm sure I'll read it again.  It's part of the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome; all about children having adventures sailing, camping, exploring, and in this book also skating and sledding.  They're really meant to be a children's books but I didn't discover them until adulthood so now I'm making up for lost time! The creative use of semaphore is perhaps my favourite part of the book and makes me think I should really make an effort to learn it.  Just in case I need to signal someone or write secret messages.

Choir - A wonderful behind the scenes look at the making of the TV show The Choir which documents Gareth Malone's journey in putting together various choirs, for various purposes across the UK.  It doesn't sound like much but it's really inspirational and a great program to watch if you get the chance.  This one was a present I gave my sister at Christmas (how handy that I wanted to read it too!)

The Simple Things - My newest favourite magazine.  It comes from the UK (so it's fairly expensive here in Canada) and I guess I'd classify it as a lifestyle magazine.  Although it's from the UK they cover other parts of the world; I've seen things from Chapters (a Canadian book store) featured as well as cities from around the globe.  It's presented beautifully and so far I have not had the heart to cut into any of my issues.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook - I'm not a reader of the Smitten Kitchen blog (although I really should go check that out as I loved the cookbook so much) but I saw this book out and about and thought it deserved a closer look.  This copy is from the library but I think it's one I'll end up buying.  Deb has a down to earth sense of cooking and provides lots of options for her recipes such as making ahead and ingredient subsitutions.  I love the personal stories she has to go along with each recipe.

Bouchon Bakery - A lovely book to look at, the pictures are amazing and everything looks delicious.  This seems to me more like a coffee table book then one I'd use.  I'm sure everything is delicious but the recipes are a little too nit-picky for me so I can't see that I'd use it that often.  It was lovely to have it for a few weeks to give it a proper look through. 

What about you, do you have any favourite reads to share?  Do you use your local library?

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed watching The Choir. Gareth was so passionate and it was amazing what he did with his students. I think he has another series too.