24 January 2012

Want To Play?

You get me thinking. Often.

You inspire me. Regularly.

You prompt me to be a better person. Frequently.

You challenge me. Time and again.

Thank you.

I've had a burst of creativity this afternoon and would like you to consider an idea inspired whilst writing a reply to one of your fellow Gifters just now.

In response to my post "A Year Of Books - A Challenge", Millie wrote:

2011 was the year that I read the least for pleasure & it broke my heart. 
This year will be different, nothing will get in the way, nothing. 
Lovely post Felicity.
Millie xx 

I started to type a reply and was struck like a bolt from the blue as the phrase on the poster above came to mind. Then lickety-split I set to, creating a graphic to remind myself, Millie and all of you who are committed to reading the written word to keep the art of reading books alive. 

As I was faffing with graphics, I began to ponder whether or not any of you might be interested in joining together for a regular  'show & tell' of the books that we've read?  Perhaps on a monthly basis.

Some of you already write posts like the gorgeous Kerry has here, sharing your reading delights each month.
But for most of us, keeping track of our reading activities is a bit of a 'hit & miss' affair.

I wonder if we would be more inclined to set aside the laptop for the delights of the paper page if we were to join in a monthly 'linky' along the lines of, oh I don't know...."Vive le Livre!" where we set some 'reading targets' for the year then check in listing the titles we've completed.

Actually whether or not you feel inspired to join in, I think I need your help to achieve my reading goals for 2012 and will list them here:

* I'd like to read two books per month [at the very least]

* I'm keen to read at least one Australian novel

* I'd like to complete a classic eg: "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

* At least two biographies or autobiographies will be in my selection

* One informative non-fiction will be in my list

* Inspired by Gifters' recommendations I'm going to try new authors & titles [for me]:

~ "When God Was A Rabbit"Sarah Winman;
~ "Before I Go To Sleep" SJ Watson;
~ "Shakespeare's Wife" Germaine Greer;
~ "Stasiland" Anna Funder;
~  One Gerald Durrell title - am open to suggestions here;
~  The first book in the "Mistborn" series by Branden Sanderson;
~ "The Tiger's Wife" by Tea Obreht {Read in February}
~ "Foals Bread" by Gillian Mears;
~ "Past The Shallows" by Favel Parrot;
~ "The Weight of Silence" by Catherine Therese and finally
~ "Five Bells" by Gail Jones. {Read in February}
~ "Enjoy Every Sandwiche" by Lee Lipsenthal
~ "At Home" by Bill Bryson
~ "The Paris Wife" Paula McLain
~ "A Tale Of Two Cities" Charles Dickens

Of course you might like to keep your goal/s as simple as "I'd like to read a book each month" but I'd be thrilled if you decided to play along.

I'm thinking that the first 'Vive Le Livre' linky will be in the first week of February....hhm next week.

What do you think? Are you in?

If your hand shot up straight to the ceiling and you're keen to participate, I'd love to hear from you.

And how wonderful is this? The lovely Tina has created this button for us to pop on our sidebars and any posts that we link in - thank you angel heart, you are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!





vive le livre 

For those of you who have stopped by from Laura's 'Post Of The Month' club - welcome!
I hope that you find something here that tickles your fancy. x

52 comments:

  1. I'm in! My goal will simply be to read at different times during the day, not only in bed at night. Sleep descends all too quickly and only a page or two a day makes getting through our stocked library quite a lengthy process. Looking forward to adding the button to my sidebar... gxo

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    1. Yay G! I'm so thrilled and can't wait to see what 'daily' reading you come up with.
      x F

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  2. I would love to join :) Also happy to give the blog button a go :) Check your email a little later on and I will let you know how I go!! Thanks for the lovely invite to join your new linky party...I really need someone to push me to read, especially now that I can read for pleasure!! xx

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  3. Yay girls!

    Tina you are an absolute gem - the button looks excellent and I'm going to pop it in the post and on the sidebar ASAP - thank you!

    xx's

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    1. Hi Felicity. Sorry but the first html code I gave you created a HUGE button. I have adjusted the size of the image in Photobucket and have emailed you the new html code. You will need to replace the original...sorry !! Hope this is all ok now (worked on my blog!!) Txx

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  4. I'd really like to read more this year so I will put my hand up. What a great idea. I need to look back through Kerry's posts and choose a few new titles. What fun! X

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    1. Yay Sarah!
      Definitely pop over to Kerry's space, there is a veritable treasure trove of 'great read' recommendations.
      x

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  5. Count me in! I need to read less if anything - but more quality! I love Gerald Durrell's writing - his first book My Family and Other Animals is my favourite but the others are great too. His letter to his (second) wife in his biography is worth hunting down. Stunningly lovely.

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    1. Wahoo!
      Thanks so much for the Durrell recommendation, I'll also seek out the letter.
      x

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  6. I'm reading up a storm at the moment ( in waiting rooms!). After holding out for a long time, I have swapped paper for e-books. They are so easy to obtain and carry around. You can "do it" anywhere!!! Your list sounds a treat. Tigers Wife is my next book. Notice it's on your list too.
    Mrs Catch
    Xx

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    1. Thank goodness for good books huh?
      Sounds like we could have a mini bookclub on the 'Tiger's Wife' - I'll be sure to make it the next book on my list.
      x

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  7. I'm in!!
    I've just been in reading heaven - 17 books in our 3 week sojourn at the shack
    I'm recommending "My family and other animals " by Mr Durrell cos it still makes me laugh 30 years down the track
    Great list
    :-)

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    1. 17 books - am super jealous!
      Thanks for the Durrell suggestion - am wondering how I never heard about him before.
      x

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  8. Finished The Tiger's Wife,
    last night. I will most definitely
    swing by for Vive Le Livre.
    Sweet button!

    xx Suzanne

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  9. Adore the graphic and YOU! xx, Margie

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  10. Love the motto and the button!
    Mostly I love how you share your inspiration and thus, joy.
    Tinley has put my reading on the back burner for now (heck, she's put showers on the back burner). Still, there are my dear audios :)

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    1. I'll give you a Tinley leave pass for 6 months J - but after that, I'm on your case!
      xx

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  11. Oh I love this! I am in! I tried all week to get into Shakespeare's Wife, but it just didn't grab me. I'm going to read Anna Karenina next. Time for a classic. x

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    1. Yippee!
      Am a bit worried now about Ms Greer - but not totally surprised.
      As for Mr Tolstoy - Anna was my 2010 classic read and I absolutely loved it.
      xx

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  12. Felicity, this sounds like a wonderful idea, and I just love this graphic!!
    Beautifully done.

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    1. So glad that you stopped by Lisa - hope you can 'Vive le Livre' with us!
      xx

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  13. I was also going to suggest My Family and Other Animals. I also had a book as a child called 'The Complete Naturalist" by Gerald Durrell. I used to spend hours poring over the pages getting inspiration to head out and catch some tadpoles or spot a badger. Gerald Durrell is a legend. I need to read more so your beautiful blog badge might be just what I need to motivate me!So can it be the first Tuesday in the month? Like actual book clubs? Then I might remember :)

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    1. So pleased that you're joining in Charley and the first Tuesday sounds like a fine plan....I'd better get cracking!
      x

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  14. With hand on heart I solemnly swear to keep my promise, amen. I am an eclectic reader so I hope my recommendations aren't deemed too weird! Felicity, I couldn't be more thrilled to have played a teeny part in this lovely initiative. I'll spread the word over at The Hedge.
    Millie xx

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    1. Woohoo! Looking forward to your fabulous contributions Millie - perhaps MOTH could play along too?!?

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  15. Felicity , I am so grateful that you left a comment on my post so that I was able to find your blog . I am a booklover , too, and I like the written world. I just finished an inspiring memoir of a doctor who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, but felt more alive than ever before " Enjoy Every Sandwich ". The " Vive Le Livre " party sounds as an wonderful idea. I hope I can participate!

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  16. Yippee!
    I'm so pleased that you'll be joining in Sylvia. Your latest read sounds like it would be a great addition to my list, I'm going to add it in now.
    x

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  17. As always Felicity Serendipity, you are so awesome!! The graphic & meaning is simply magnifique. Much love to you, love Posie

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    1. Thanks Jennie - hope you'll play along too.
      x

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  18. Ooh yes please you can help me keep on track too!! :) I will probably only get chance for 1 book a month though Felicity but I will have a go I know what book i will be reading in February :)

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    1. Excellent Lainey - a book a month is brilliant and I'm so glad you've got your Feb title picked out already.
      x

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  19. so ironic... i was just thinking i'm off to a good start.. :) just read Julius Caesar (book club); am 1/2 way through Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ("a palate cleanser", so says my bookclub friend); and on the que: from Beruit to Jeruselum. And the rest of The Paleo Solution, Wolffe (a very well written book on the Paleo Diet).

    definitely, a delightful blog you have here! :)

    patty @ findingserendipity.com

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    1. Hey Patty - you are indeed an avid reader and I love the eclecticism of your titles.
      Thanks for stopping by, I hop you'll come back for our first 'Vive le Livre!' linky.
      x

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  20. Oh Gorgeous, you are such a Gift to us all. This is such a fabulous idea. It's just the kick-start I need to get reading again. There are so many unread books sitting in my-newly-installed-today-bookcase just crying to be read ☺. Please count me in! J x

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    1. Hey J, I just popped by your place and am indeed impressed not only with your beautifully arranged bookcase but the lovely selection of titles on display.
      Can't wait to see what you've read for our first linky.
      x

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  21. Can I go the other way and cut my reading to 1 book a week please!!!
    My Friends and other Animals is a beautiful Gerald Durell book to read it is a well thumbed classic in our library! I will try the button

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    1. One per week! Julienne you ARE voracious!
      I'm trying to read 100 pages per day at the moment in my quest to complete 'Atlas Shrugged' before our first linky but fear I'm falling short badly - less blogging, more page turning methinks!
      xx

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  22. Millie sent me over and I'm so glad she did. I'm all buttoned up and ready to read. I've just finished Major Pettigrew's Last Stand which was a sweet holiday read and now the local library has reserved Gang of Four by Liz Byrski which I heard about somewhere. I will need further recommendations thereafter or sooner if this one is a dud.

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    1. Hi Debborah,
      So glad that you've popped in via Millies [she's a Gem] and thank you for 'buttoning up' - what a great phrase.
      It's always great to meet a fellow reader and I'm sure we'll all get inspiration from each other with this monthly linky.
      Happy day!
      x

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  23. You are indeed a gift my friend.
    I don't think I commit to 2 books a month but I'll defo be dropping in and tagging along! I LOVE reading - have just finished The Tigers Wife (really enjoyed it) and am back to see those other reccommendations...
    have a good week
    fee x

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  24. Hey f,
    Looks like 'The Tiger's Wife' is a definite 'next read' for me and I'm so happy you'll be popping in for our link ups.
    The two books a month is my goal, you choose whatever you'd like and we'll cheer you on.
    Happy day Lovely,
    x

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    1. Hello! I'm popping in from Happy Homemaker's Post of the Month Club! I'm looking forward to reading your impressions on said books. Happy reading!

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    2. Hi Emily, thanks so much for stopping in and leaving this note. I see that your own blog has a strong literary focus and I can imagine that 'Vive le Livre!' is a motto that you live by every day for yourself and the Littles in your life.
      I hope you can play along next week,
      Fx

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  25. dear felicity

    i would like to very much.
    x

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  26. Funny - this is one of my goals to, which I am just starting to get clairity on. I love your list :) Looking at your button, do I need to know French too? - Ha!

    Thank you for joining Post Of The Month Club - it is always a joy to have you there :)

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  27. Sounds great, have you joined the book club at Katherines Corner? xo

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    1. Wow Katie, yet another fabulous space to discover on your blog!
      I've popped over and had a quick peek at all the wonderful suggestions and will try to include one of your featured titles in my own list this year.
      Happy day my lovely friend x.

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  28. Love this idea Felicity! I also let my reading slide last year and I've sorely missed it. I have a neglected and ever growing 'leaning tower of books' piled on my bedside table that I am determined to get through this year, so I'll definitely be playing along with this when I can. Thanks for the extra inspiration/motivation :)

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    1. Yay Emily, I'm so pleased that you'll be playing along.
      I'm sure you'll bring a rich mix of travel, craft, cooking and fabulous literature to the mix and I can't wait to see what's been on your bedside leaning tower of books.....perhaps that could be our alternative logo?
      Hoping that your day ahead is wonderful and that there's a good book in the mix somewhere with a happy pup or two snuggled in. x

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Felicity x