Bedside Reading


From left. The Drunkard’s Walk: How randomness rules our lives by Leonard Mlodinow. I’m not and never will be a mathematician, but even I can understand the first law of probability thanks to Mlodinow’s amazing and entertaining book. Thanks to Stepson Two and Tom for recommending it to me.

A470: What’s On in Literary Wales, the magazine of The Welsh Academy of which I’m a member. The cover photo’s of Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales. Her poem, Love at Livebait is one of my favourites.

Edgelands, by Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley. I’ve just received this as an anniversary gift from Tom and I can’t wait to read it. Since reading some social anthropology at university I’ve been fascinated by marginal states and in-between places so this journey by two poets into ‘England’s true wilderness’ promises to be a real treat.

The Scarlet Kimono, by Christina Courtenay. I’ve just finished reading this enjoyable historical novel by fellow Choc Lit author, Christina. Christina combines a lovely romantic story with adventure and fascinating detail about 17th century Japan.

Glamour magazine. Fun and frivolous with a bit of bite. This month’s came with a free mascara and all for £2 a pop (free if one of your daughters buys it for you on subscription. Thank you, Lily). What’s not to love?

My Kindle... ooooh, how I love thee! (Note homemade slip cover – frugal so I can spend more money on books.) Currently reading my work in progress. Seeing it in book form really helps me with editing each day’s work. There’s quite a TBR collection on there too. One I’m looking forwards to is Kate Atkinson’s Started Early, Took My Dog. But that’s a treat in store for when I’ve finished my work!

Comments

Kath said…
I love finding out what other people are reading, especially when it covers such a terrific range of interests and moods, like yours does. I read Christina's book last weekend and absolutely loved it, and I am besotted with my Kindle, too. Thanks for sharing, Chris!
Fennie said…
Kindle - so kind, but really no thanks. How many of these books and magazines are on Kindle and how much free mascara can you collect and how about pictures? Can't imagine taking a Kindle to bed, or bookmarking it with some old theatre ticket.

I'm a member of the BARB audience research panel and they send me book tokens from time to time. So I get books for watching television.
Pondside said…
I always enjoy a peek at someone's bedside reading. Right now my pile is towering!
Kindle - not for me yet, especially after watching a man reading one at a table. His wife approached with a glass of lemonade, tripped and....fried the kindle....and I can't imagine taking a kindle into the bathtub with me.
Fennie said…
Just read my comment again and it seems terribly negative and curmudgeonly. Ah well, blame the East wind. At least you've got two comments for the price of one!
Ooh, several here I haven't come across – love the sound of The Drunards Walk (although perhaps a bit too close to home on a Saturday evening after the monthly village salsa night) and Edgelands - tho' not so keen on Glamour magazine which makes me feel old and boring. V V envious of your Kindle. Keep eyeing them on Amazon and trying to work out ways I could possibly justify one, but mundane thoughts such as lingering credit card bills and the rising price of oil boringly edge them over into the pending tray in my head. (Am also occasionally wishing Kate Atkinson would take my dog, too...)

J xx
Fran said…
Am going to read that Kate Atkinson book soon, too. Can't wait. She's so good. If a little confusing at times. And prone to MASSIVE coincidences ...
Frances said…
Chris, I sometimes have a tower of books near the bed. And other piles in various areas round the apartment.

I am a Kate Atkinson fan. Bought her first Museum book on a London trip years ago, and met her on a subsequent book tour she made to the States. I like that she's expolored lots of styles in her writing.

I've still got a thick Fiona MacCarthy Wm Morris bio half-read near my bed. And various magazines, Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate, and a Katie Fforde novel, too. Eclectic?

No space for any Kindles or Nooks around here.

xo
Jude said…
I love my Kindle too...so handy here, with no bookshops selling up to date English language books...and Amazon being rather expensive and slow on the snail mail side.
Pauline Barclay said…
Chris, lovely to see what you are reading, all sound very interesting and have me heading to Amazon. As for the Kindle, I love mine and have just been given a lovely cove for it too! Hope the edits are going well and book 2 will available soon! Hugs x
Cait O'Connor said…
I love to see what's by people's bedsides (reading matter that is!). Edgelands sounds interesting. I love Kate Atkinson too. I have no desire for a Kindle but I have to say that being a librarian. It will never replace books.
Posie said…
Oh enjoy all that reading Chris, eek I only found out what a kindle was the other day...soooo behind the times, I must pay more attention..
elizabethm said…
I love to see this. Mine are more boring than yours as include far to many gardening books although the occasional bit of literature passes through. I am more and more intrigued by non fiction which never used to appeal to me. Just read Michael Frayn's book about his father - just fabulous.
I think I might succumb to a kindle, not as an instead but as an extra. Do love the idea of all those books just a breath away.
Flowerpot said…
Thanks for that Chris - always good to see what others are reading. I;ve had the new Kate Atkinson recommended too so that's on my list.
hello Chris - HOW is work in progress?????
Havent had a minute to read anything leisurely since Christmas but am trying to ward off insomnia with old faves
Cottage Garden said…
Chris, its always interesting to see what other people are reading and your choices are eclectic which I like very much!

I will endeavour to find out more of Gillian Clarke and her work ...

The Kindle is not for me - as yet - only because I love the feel of a book in my hands. No doubt many of us will succumb in time!

Jeanne
x
Cara Cooper said…
So many books and so little time! I think everyone who writes have piles of stuff on their To Be Read pile. It's a bit like having a box of chocolates all ready for you to dip in and books aren't fattening so we can go for it without guilt thank heavens. Enjoy!
Chris Stovell said…
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I'm sorry not to reply individually but hope you will see from the next post that it's a bit frantic at the moment.
Debs Carr said…
I must have missed this post somehow!

I loved The Scarlet Kimono and I'm pretty besotted with my Kindle. I can't believe that only months ago I wasn't interested in them at all.

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