In September, I decided to press Pause on different areas of my life to take some time out. One area that was not negotiable though is my reading. I’ve always found great comfort from reading and especially during the last month when I’ve been juggling some unpleasant personal curve balls.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
There is a book for every mood that you are experiencing. Books can bring such comfort and I usually turn to books that I’ve read that have remained my favourites. I love the feeling of revisiting characters who have become friends and sharing their lives once more. That’s why I love Maeve Binchy books and in particular one of my favourites ‘The Italian Class.
Sometimes a book can make you feel like you are coming home – warm, inviting and comforting.Sue Loncaric
Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.” ― Paul Auster
Do you have a reading list of favourite books that bring comfort?
The Reading List ticked all of my boxes this month and here is my review that I wrote on Goodreads.
I had no idea what The Reading List was about but was soon engrossed in the stories of Mukesh and Aleisha and also the effect the Reading List had on anyone who found it. Mukesh a recently widowed 80 year old male wondering how life can go on after the death of his beloved Naina. Aleisha a 17 year old working in a small library over the Summer holidays, does not read books for pleasure and has dreams of studying law. Aleisha’s home life is difficult.
The Reading List is a list of 5 books, to read when you need them. An unlikely friendship forms between Aleisha and Mukesh as they discover a love of reading and comfort books bring to their troubled lives.
What would be on your reading list?
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In my online Bookclub, we are studying the Bronte Sisters and we are currently reading Villette by Charlotte Bronte . I had not heard of this book before and I have to admit it isn’t an easy read but I love our bookclub discussions and this is making the book more enjoyable as we not only discuss the characters but also Charlotte Bronte herself.
We may not necessarily enjoy a certain book but I know that all books I read enrich my life and sometimes it might just not be the right time for you to read it. Sometimes it is all about the mindset.
This is the summary of the book on Goodreads
With her final novel, Villette, Charlotte Brontë reached the height of her artistic power. First published in 1853, Villette is Brontë’s most accomplished and deeply felt work, eclipsing even Jane Eyre in critical acclaim. Her narrator, the autobiographical Lucy Snowe, flees England and a tragic past to become an instructor in a French boarding school in the town of Villette. There she unexpectedly confronts her feelings of love and longing as she witnesses the fitful romance between Dr. John, a handsome young Englishman, and Ginerva Fanshawe, a beautiful coquette. The first pain brings others, and with them comes the heartache Lucy has tried so long to escape. Yet in spite of adversity and disappointment, Lucy Snowe survives to recount the unstinting vision of a turbulent life’s journey – a journey that is one of the most insightful fictional studies of a woman’s consciousness in English literature.
BOOKS I’VE READ DURING SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
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Sharing what’s on their bookshelf this month
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Now over to you – what’s on your Bookshelf?
Deb, Donna, Jo and I hope that you will join us each month and share what you’ve been reading! If you have any questions just ask us. You can also link to any, or all of our posts, with a pingback, that way we get to see your posts quicker!
Don’t forget to tell me about the book(s) you’re reading at the moment! See you next month!