Monday, January 06, 2014

Read, Baby, Read

I am still blazing through my proposed reading list for the next few years, with a few dalliances along the way, of course. For example, I didn't expect to get two Agatha Christie mysteries for Christmas, so I had to interrupt my reading of the classics to read Murder at the Vicarage. I was also given, as a gift, Malcolm Gladwell's latest book, David and Goliath. Since I enjoyed all his other books so much, I immediately started this one, after finishing The Sun Also Rises.

I suppose there is a plus side to not having read many books earlier in life. You now have a lifetime's worth of reading still ahead of you. I would recommend David and Goliath. Gladwell's arguments are more like debates, with lots of examples, but they are still interesting and there's lots of amazing people to meet.

I have now started Jude The Obscure by Thomas Hardy. It is just so incredibly well written, that I'm having trouble putting it down. I have, however, had lots of time to read, since we have been iced in, snowed in and now about to be iced in again, as the temperature drops rapidly from 0ºC to -17ºC in a matter of a few hours, after a night of rain. I guess that I'll have to take the can opener out with me, when I try to start my car. I will, of course, have to get into the car first and if it's iced over, this could be a problem. I have written before about how handy a can opener is, in breaking the ice!!

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to do the amount of walking I would like lately. Friday was -25ºC for most of the day and although it warmed up to 0ºC on the weekend, I was kept in with a rare cold. I would like to see how Malcolm Gladwell could find a David to defeat this Goliath of a winter. Stubborn determination and sheer bloody mindedness is all I have as resources...oh yes and lots of books.

The picture? It helps these days to remember where you parked the car :)

Have a great day!!


  1. I love hearing about what you are reading, Carol! I will take all your recommendations to heart! I love Thomas Hardy, too, and have heard of Gladwell's book but haven't checked it out yet. Enjoy your reading and STAY WARM my friend!

  2. Hi Carol, I too am an avid reader and often have several reads on the go at once. I have set myself a 2014 challenge of reading everything on my Kindle, though to be honest I think it will take longer than a year. What luxury! All that reading stacked up, especially in the snow. Judith x

  3. You know the ONE thing I miss about snow days is the guilt-free pleasure of staying home and pleasing myself for the day! Still I am already whining about today's chilly (50's headed to low 30's) weather and probably couldn't hack it anymore anyway.

  4. We too are getting snow/ice/rain/ice, so I should be reading as well! I don't know what I would do without books... I read every night before I go to sleep. Actually, I have trouble sleeping if I don't read something, no matter how late it is. So, enjoy your time with your books!

  5. I love reading just like the rest of those who commented here. We lucked out this time with only below freezing weather for a few days. Nothing like the week of ice we had before. And yet when I think about how much of that you have had, I am humbled. Stay warm, Carol.

  6. I too miss the guilt free days spent snowbound. This is the first year we haven't been snowed in for ages (though there is still time). On the other hand I do not miss the half hour walk down the lane to the village so that I can get to my car, nor bringing the shopping home on the children's sledge.