Welcome Home: Books that Arrived in June 2011

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” – Oscar Wilde

One of my colleagues blenched at the sight of me reading a book, wondering that I still had energy to read a non-academic book after a rather busy work day. How can I make an ‘educated’ woman like her understand that there is a difference between reading for work and reading for pleasure? And besides, I think I’ll actually die if I don’t get to read something for pleasure!

So, here are a few books I bought in the month of June solely for my own ‘pleasure’ .

June 8, 2011

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl.

Anne of Green Gables. L. M. Montgomery.

Rebecca. Daphne Du Maurier.

A Short History of Nearly Everything. Bill Bryson.

Seasonal Adjustments. Adib Khan.


First up two books I missed out on reading as a kid, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Anne of Green Gables. Looking forward to both, especially to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as I liked the movie version starring Johnny Depp.

Even though I have read Rebecca before, I didn’t have the book in my own collection. This is one book that I just had to have for my own library.

I have heard a lot of good things about Bill Bryson but have never read anything by him. A Short History of Nearly Everything seems like a good place to start.

Finally, after I had finished my browsing and buying,  the book store owner gave me a complementary copy of a book called Seasonal Adjustments. Apparently it had won Australia’s NSW State Literary Award in 1994 and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in 1995. This is not my usual reading material but a free book is a free book.


The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a bookish meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link up at Freda’s site

Today’s sentence comes from my current read, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Almost every line in this book is steeped in the atmosphere of the narrative. So melancholy, macabre at times and oh so quotable!

“Not like younger men being very incoherent, very passionate, swearing impossibilities. Not like him the first time, asking Rebecca…”

Teaser Tuesdays (June 28)

Teaser Tuesdays asks us to:

Grab our current read

Open to a random page

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like our teaser!
My Teaser:

“It’s not only this room,’ she said. ‘It’s in many rooms in the house. In the morning-room, in the hall, even in the little flower-room. I feel her everywhere. You do too, don’t you?”

p. 172, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.