This is a list of books that I’d like to read or have read…with my view & such…Enjoy & share 🙂 [PS Great gift ideas right here 😉 ]

PPS I like to read, a lot, just never seem to get round to posting here….will work v v hard in 2010

#1  Books I’d like to read

  1. ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck[12 October 2009]: It’s been praised so much I want to get my hands on it
  2. ‘The Golden Notebook’ by Doris Lessing [12 October 2009]: Ms Lessing’s book is deemed a feminist book…can’t wait
  3. ‘The Grass is Singing’ by Doris Lessing [12 October 2009]: I want it!
  4. ‘The Icarus Girl’ by Helen Oyeyemi [5th Jan 2010]: I need to get round to reading male African authors…here i go with another woman 🙂

#2 Books I have read

  1. ‘Disgrace’ by JM Coetzee: it’s beautiful portrayal of racial tension, sexuality & morality is gripping
  2. ‘Reading the Ceiling’ by Dayo Forster: I’ve always loved those books that allow you the pleasure of deciding what end you will take…and Ms Forster takes us on an exciting journey…
  3. ‘Bee Season’ by Myla Goldberg: A family fraught with secrets & things that seem not as they are…poignant
  4. ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd: I felt a connection with the main character’s search for self…and I love its celebration of the inimitable strength of women
  5. ‘The God of Small Things’ by Arundhati Roy: This is one author I’d love to meet. Well deserving of The Booker Prize.
  6. ‘Sons and Lovers’ by DH Lawrence: Classic view of a man’s battle to define himself in the face of an overbearing mother and the women he loves…
  7. ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde: How far are we willing to go to get this or that? Incredible, really
  8. ‘The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing’ by Melissa Bank: Chick lit at its best. Are men toys, people we string along? What do women want in life, relationships?
  9. ‘To the Lighthouse’ by Virginia Woolf: Philosophical introspection at a level I have not experienced in standard non-fiction before.
  10. ‘Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True tales of a Pretend Adulthood’ by Laurie Nataro. My friend W and I got the book together at a second hand stall on a whim. OK, he bought it and I read it…. Hilarious 🙂
  11. ‘When You Are Engulfed in Flames’ by David Sedaris. Irreverent humour, served up with hints of irony & dollops of sarcasm…
  12. ‘Pygmalion’ by George Bernard Shaw: X tries to go all Higgins-like on me…so annoying. It’s hard not to like Ms Dolittle. A wonderful play on the value we attach to class & class distinctions…and the ability of the marginalised to assert themselves.
  13. ‘The Reluctant Landlady’ by Bernadette Strachan: The benefits of living in a city where you can get new books for under $3… This book is hilarious…so unreal you start to believe. Interesting…:)
  14. ‘Between, Georgia’ by Joshilyn Jackson: I love books that celebrate the strength of women so this was a winner with me. Nonny’s struggles to leave a man that does not treat her well & be with the one who does is a struggle many women will recognise on some level. her family is quite something…a gripping tale & awesome at under $3
  15. ‘The Sweet Shop Owner’ by graham Swift: This book is riveting. Angsty teenagers should read it…not everything is as it seems…
  16. ‘I Didn’t Do It For you’ : Miss Wrong is evidently rooting for Eritrea. Informative & slow…
  17. ‘Coconut’ by Kopano Matlwa: One of the most recent South African authors I have read. She approaches post-apartheid SA with clarity & precision… The book is terribly relevant for those of us who’ve grown up on the continent & a triumph 🙂 [read an excerpt here]


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