Hello lovely friend. It's the first Tuesday in March already which means we're catching up to share our reading achievements for the month. I must say that I can't wait to tell you about the pages I've been turning.
On your many recommendations I devoured 'The Tiger's Wife' by Tea Obreht with great relish.
If you are one of the people who suggested this, please accept my heartfelt thanks as it gave me one of the most precious gifts that a great book can contain, insight.
I won't spoil the storyline for those of you who haven't read it, other than to say that the characters are beautifully drawn and the writing itself makes it easy to place yourself in the time and place of the story.
I turned to my art shelf for the next two reads and am thrilled that I did.
If you've never heard of the colourful whirlwind known as SARK but have a desire to add more creativity, zing and spark to your world, then pop either of these books onto your 'Vive Le Livre!' list, grab some coloured pencils or markers and away you go!
I've had these books for over a decade and every now and then return to them for a shot of creative inspiration. The added bonus this time was that because I'm creating this space for you, I also had the serendipitous delight in discovering her website whilst seeking images for this post = yippee!
I'm now receiving a lovely newsletter regularly and imagine my delight when in the first VLOG, Sark used the word serendipity several times!
The final book on my February list is a true treasure, "Five Bells" by Gail Jones.
I'm not sure which one of you lovely people recommended it to me, if it was you "THANK YOU!"From the very first page I was transfixed and I truly delighted in the many ways that Gail evoked remembered and new images of Sydney in my imagination.
This book is for anyone who has a close connection to the glorious harbour city that is Sydney, has a desire to travel there or who revels in beautiful writing filled with glorious language and real life themes. I will never think of the Sydney Opera House in the same way again....you'll need to read this book to find out why.
So there you have it, my reading goals are ticked off and on my bedside table I have:
* Anna Funder's "Stasiland" sent to me by my truly wonderful and ever thoughtful friend Jane;
* "A Guide To Natural Housekeeping" by Christina Strutt which has already made me rethink how I use and maintain my chopping boards; and
* "The Brothers Karazimov" by Dostoyevsky, which I think will be a year long endeavour.
Now I can't wait to find out what you've been up to this month.
Remember there are several ways that you can play along:
1. Leave a comment here letting us know what you've been reading
2. Leave a comment on other people's comments - I love to see interactivity between each of you
3. Write a "Vive Le Livre" post including the button or a link so that your readers can pop on over and join in too.
You'll notice that I've created a page for you at the top of my site so that you can pop in here anytime to find out what I've been reading & return to previous posts to read what others have to say.
Finally, here are the links for my books this month:
1. Tea Obreht "The Tiger's Wife"
2. SARK "Succulent Wild Woman" and "Creative Companion"
3. Gail Jones "Five Bells"
Until next month, happy page turning!