01 May 2012

Vive Le Livre - April

It's the first Tuesday of the month and that means we're gathering together to share the pages that we've devoured & delighted in.  My offerings this month are very slim indeed and you'll see that there was actually only one real 'livre' amongst them. I won't even attempt to offer excuses - suffice to say that I have high hopes for May and anticipate that you can boost the ranks with your own selections.


The only book in my selection "Paris Was Ours" edited by Penelope Rowlands was a special birthday gift from my ever thoughtful friend Jane.  It's a collection of anecdotes and essays with such diverse titles as " Love Without Reason", "My Bookstore High", "Parenting French Style", "Understanding Chic", "Ma Vie Boheme" and "Paris Is Gone, All Gone".
Jane and I are both unashamed Francophiles and after reading this little gem, I'm inspired more than ever to explore the cobbled streets of the 'City of Lights'.

The remainder of pages I've turned have been of the glossy variety.
'Real Living' is my one indulgence each and every month and a great source of both inspiration and fodder for dreaming.

The 'Weekend Australian' newspaper is a mainstay in our home and after scouring the headlines, the magazine is savoured.  I've taught Captain V to check that it's inside the newsprint when he hands over the clams to the newsagent, I've been disappointed on a number of occasions when he's brought a paper home sans the magazine.

Finally I've been receiving a little pressie in my mailbox each month since the start of the year via my brother and SIL.  I think they may have doubled up on a subscription and I'm now the happy recipient of regular doses of Australian "House & Garden" magazine - a lovely treat.

So that's it for me - nothing too startling I know but some months are like that right?
On my bedside table right now is Craig Silvey's "Jasper Jones" which I began on Sunday...fingers crossed that I get through this and a couple more this month!

I can't wait to find out what you've been reading and how you've been "Vivre Le Livr'ing" in April.

For those who are looking for some new bloggy inspiration, you couldn't do better than to read the selections in this month's "Post Of The Month" Club - feel free to add your own in too!

If you're a new visitor to this space, you may also like to join in some wordy fun and go in the draw for a lovely prize in my "Say What?" giveaway.

Until next we meet, happy page turning!

39 comments:

  1. Well at least you've accomplished something good - made me feel better that my April reading was mostly magazine oriented as well :)
    I did get a few more pages of Dancing with Mr. Darcy read, but I'm having trouble wanting to finish it.

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    1. I'm very impressed with your persistence J - here's hoping that in the May "VLeL", you'll have put Mr. Darcy to bed and be flipping some more enticing pages!

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  2. Yesterday I completed reading French by Heart, which as a Francophile, you might like too. An American woman spent 4 years in France with her husband and their 3 children, and wrote about it and it is quite charming.

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    1. Ooh yes Terra, a memoir and set in France to boot = fabulous, thank you.

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  3. I'm all about the mags these days myself. I did enjoy "A Farmer's Life for Me" as well. x

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    1. I guess the glossies count as page turning Bron but there really isn't anything quite like a great book to enthrall...I think you may have been one of the people who recommended "Jasper Jones" - am loving it and think Captain V may too. xx

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  4. Oh Felicity I have had such trouble getting into a book this month so I went back to two familiar faces with In Safe Hands by Jane Sandford and Chase the Clouds by Catherine Nicolson and now I am in the middle of Picnic Races by Dymphna Cusack so probably not books that are readily available!!! I would still love to see a link here as I have done a post about them!!!! xx

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    1. It's a treat to be able to return to a 'goodie' Jules and it sounds like you're savouring a couple of favourites.
      After reading your posts about your own Picnic Race escapades this year, I can imagine you'll be seeing the story through a new lens.

      As for the link, I tried it last month and zippo takers, so until I get a few more Sparklers like yourself letting me know that they've written a post I'm not inclined to do it....what do you think? xx

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  5. I'm working on this as you know my dear F! Maybe I will have one to share next month. Fingers crossed!

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    1. Bring out the big guns MM - share some of your Art tomes!
      xx

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  6. I'm such a magazine addict!! I read at least 12!

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    1. Wowsers Melissa, that IS impressive!
      Any that you can recommend that a wordy, arty, nature lovin' gal like me might like?

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  7. I actually bought Home Beautiful magazine for the first time in years. It was delightful.
    I finished The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. AND LOVED IT. Sorry that was loud, wasn't it? Well, it was great. Barnes is brilliant. To write something this good in 200 pages is beyond understanding. He says so much in so few words. I've gone to see Barnes other work which will definitely be read at some point.
    I'm past halfway into Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. Everyone was talking about it and there were a few comments that suggested the talk was all hyped and the book not so great. But I'm loving it. It's incredibly detailed (which is why it runs to 600 pages) but it means you get to know these characters very well. I'm going to miss them when I finish this book. I hope I'm not disappointed with the ending...

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    1. You've really piqued my curiousity with the Julian Barnes recommendation Sonia and I'm looking forward to learning what you think about the Franzen tome...don't you just love a book that you can savour?

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  8. How I wish I've catch the reading bug when I was a kid. Being english is my second language I didn't get the chance to read a lot. My parents are concentrating on making ends meet when I was growing up. But since meeting my husband and having our son, my english (I hope) is improving.

    And about a couple of years ago I've started to read books (mainly children's literature) and really enjoying them. Comprehension is okay but I have to take my time to study the new words that I come across.

    I love reading classic novels and stories. So far I've read: Pride & Prejudice (which took me a long time to finished), The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Little Women, Great Expectations, A fortunate Life by A.B. Facey and most recently The Great Pioneer Women of the Outback by Susanna De Vries. I love also the "Unfortunate Events" series of Lemony Snicket.

    My reading bug is slowly catching up on me!

    That's why I love your blog Felicity! Such full of inspirations, lovely visitors and lots of new words for me to learn.

    So, I say Thank you! Ning x : )

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    1. This is the most precious note Ning - you are an inspiration and it gives me such joy to read your enthusiasm for words and reading - such joy!

      I'm sure that you're sharing this with your little boy and he will forever reap the endless gift that is reading.

      You are an enthusiastic 'wordy' and it's always a delight to see that you've visited and left a note.

      I can't even begin to think about how challenging it would be to try to tackle some of the classics that you've mentioned in your list, in a different language - bravo!

      Happy page turning my friend, you are a treasure.

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  9. I am still working my way through the game of thrones serries. I'm on book 3 right now and I really hope that I was on book 2 last month, but I kindof think I had just started 3. Here's hoping I'm on book 4 next month! I recently started reading longer chapter books with my little girl at bedtime. We just finished The Borrowers after seeing The Secret Life of Arrietty. I had never read it as a kid and I really enjoyed it.

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    1. Reading to children is such a treat as it gives us a chance to dip into stories that me may otherwise overlook.
      Here's to finishing your series this month....or not, if you're relishing it.

      Happy page turning!

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  10. I'll check out the book ... I'm an avid book reader. Can't get enough. I'm in the midst of reading several classics, but I also love a good biography. Have you read "Uncle Tom's Cabin", "The Robe", "Good-Bye Mr. Chips", "Magnificent Obsession"? All good classics! I get so engrossed in them though, that I've learned I have to wait till the end of the day to pick up my book - otherwise, I'd accomplish absolutely NOTHING during the day. Hope all is well with you Felicity!

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    1. I absolutely know what you mean Denalee, if I pick up a book throughout the day, all of my best intentions to 'do' whatever it may be get swished away.

      Your list of classics is fantastic and I'm disappointed to confess that I haven't read one of them, which would you say is your fave?

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    2. I'm keen to read Uncle Tom's Cabin but I'm worried it might be a 'hard' read. My to-be-read list just grows and grows. I need 4 lifetimes to get through all these books!!

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    3. I know what you're saying Sonia - that's why I started this.
      Too much time in front of a screen and not enough time turning pages meant that I had a rude wake up call that I would never ever finish even one hundredth of the books I wanted to read ~ vive le livre!

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  11. Yes a dismal reading month for me, just magazines, but a couple of nice ones... MollieMakes, Frankie and Real Living. I started reading the latest Niki Gemmel book whilst on holiday but had to leave it at the guesthouse. I need to get to the library quick smart or treT myself to a new book! X
    Ps I am amazed at the clever entries in your comp and am chuffed when I see my words, but I'm not sure that I'm clever enough with words to enter :)

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    1. #1 Your mag choices are delish and I can imagine you delighting in them all.

      #2 Get thee to a library - an unfinished story [if it's a goodie] is a 'no-no'!

      #3 Your words were glorious and of course you are going to enter, I can't believe you'd consider not!

      xx's

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  12. Hello Gorgeous I'm so delighted you enjoyed your birthday present. I haven't read my copy yet. Similarly, I really only had time for mags in April - Real Living, Country Style, House & Garden, Inside Out, UK Country Living and Mollie Makes. I think I will aim to finish one book a month - that's doable but still a huge ask after only finishing about 3 books in the 6 years since we arrived on Planet Baby! J x

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    1. You've reminded me that I need to sort out a MM subscription for Margie B so that she has a Mother's Day gift that gives the year through...happy page turning in May my friend. xx

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  13. I love a bit of vicarious travel through a book! It's so wonderful to be transported to another city, and short stories are a favourite of mine at the moment too (perhaps because they give you a sense of accomplishment even when you are time poor!). And I'm a magazine junkie from waaaaay back, so a good variety of glossies is permanently on my reading list.

    Oh, and weekend papers with all the extras? How I miss thee! We got the jumbo sized Sunday New York Times on our recent US trip and it was so lovely to linger over breakfast and read all the various bits. In Australia we used to get both The Sunday Age (even when we were in Sydney) and The Weekend Australian - a great mix of news, arts, food and fashion. The (English) weekend papers in Korea don't quite reach those heady heights, sigh!

    Hoping to get organised for my own 'vive le livre' post over the weekend!

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    1. Sigh....reading the NY Times sounds like it would be a great way to while away a big part of a weekend morning.

      Can't wait to read your post.

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  14. I didn't even want to come anywhere near this comment box. It is shameful how I have not read in April. Shameful! I read two pages of Nigella Lawson's book, Kitchen. Shameful!

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    1. Not shameful my friend - a very real experience of many of us in our busy lives ~ hence 'Vive Le Livre!' to get us popping our noses into books more often. x

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  15. Jasper jones is good but slow starting....

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    1. Hmmm, I didn't find that. I've given it straight to Captain V to read, will let you know what he thinks....don't hold your breath though as he's a 'turtle' reader.
      x

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    2. It was promoted as the Aussie To Kill A Mockingbird but doing that just set my expectations too high. It was a good read, tight and some good characters but overall not what it cracked up to be.

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  16. Hi Felicity,
    I haven't done very much page turning here since to garden work has started. I did manage to look through my newest favorite British home decorating magazine last night.
    I love buying the British magazines...not too happy with many US ones right now. They seem to just show the same peoples photos over and over and over. I always want to see something new when I open a magazine that I paid for : )
    Anymore, I feel lucky to get the paper read and mail that has to be sorted haha!
    There are so many beautiful blogs too (like yours) that I have a hard time getting in the house to read, that I seem to neglect the books I should be reading.
    Many hugs my darling friend...

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    1. I can see why your glorious garden would be your main focus June and I'm actually surprised that you fit anything else in to be honest!

      One of the main reasons that I started 'Vive Le Livre!" is because I was spending too much time on the computer reading blogs and my page-turning had decreased to almost nil...hopefully we will both do a bit more in the days ahead.

      Happy hug to you too my friend, x

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  17. I haven'T turned many pages this month, either :(
    I did finish "Eat Pray Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert, though, and started on "Possession" by S.Byatt - the latter definitely deserves a VleL post!

    Happy reading! (and glossy magazines ARE sometimes like chocolate, aren't they?)

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    1. What did you think about EPL?
      I've read it several times and taken something different from it each time.

      As for AS Byatt, I really need to read more of her work - "The Children's Book" was one of my favourites last year.

      Magazines as chocolates - great stuff - will remember this as I do my sugar elimination this month!
      xx

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  18. Hi Felicity I havent had chance to really finish my book yes (frustrating) I am getting there slowly but have been flicking through magazines I always get time for that (naughty me).
    The book Jane got you for your birthday look's really lovely what a great gift :)
    So sorry I missed your birthday x

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    1. You are such a busy bee Lainey I'm not surprised that you're still working through your book.
      I look forward to hearing all about it when you finish.
      xx

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