Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee has been on my to read list for a long time now. I saw on Mitzi's Lazy Days & Sunday's At The Willows blog that she'd recently reread the book and when I mentioned that it was a book I'd like to read, she kindly offered to lend it to me.
Laurie Lee was born in 1914 and the book tells of his childhood in a remote Cotswold village before electricity or cars. It has a gentle pace, which I prefer as I like to read in bed before I go to sleep, so I don't read books which make me think too much. The writing is vivid and descriptive and it transported me to the time Laurie Lee was writing about.
Thank you for lending me the book, Mitzi. I enjoyed reading it very much and it will be winging its way back to you very soon.
I came across Daniel's copy of To Kill A Mockingbird whilst packing away his books when we decorated his bedroom earlier on this year. I studied this book for my English Literature O Level, I enjoyed it then and thoroughly enjoyed it again when I recently reread it. It's such a wonderful book, it's hard to believe that this is Harper Lee's only published book.
At the moment I'm reading Midwives by Chris Bohjalian. I'm about half way through but it's a gripping novel, focusing on Sibyl Danforth, a midwife who becomes embroiled in a legal battle when one of her patients dies following an emergency caesarean section.
I haven't been buying any books just lately as I'm trying to wind down my pile of books to be read as I've got an e-reader on my Christmas wish list. I must admit that I do like to have a proper book in my hands when I'm reading, however, I'm a terrible sleeper and an e-reader will be great when I'm awake during the night. I don't like to put the light on when I wake up as it disturbs Mick, but some e-readers have a backlight which allows you to read in the dark, so this would be perfect for me.
I hope that Santa reads my list.