The Bookish Side of Life #1

I’ve taken to describing Is That You Darling as a lifestyle blog with a focus on the bookish side of life. I think this sums things up quite well; I don’t want it to become only about books, but I’m a bit of a bookish character after all, and my blog is going to reflect that! So that with that in mind, I’ve decided to start a new series of posts called The Bookish Side of Life, just to round up a few of the bookish things that are going on with me lately.

I popped to the library this morning, to pick up a book that has been waiting for me for a while. I put The Chimp Paradox on my reservation list ages ago, when I heard the author, Professor Steve Peters on the radio talking about it. It sounded fascinating, but it took so long to come in at the library that I have lost some of my enthusiasm for it! I have already started reading it (walking home from the library), so hopefully I will remember why I was so fascinated with it.

I took about six books back to the library, mostly unread. I hate doing it, but sometimes I just get overwhelmed with how much I have to read, and I think it’s best if they just go back, and if I really want them, I’ll get them a second time. The idea was to take back lots and just pick up one, but I ended up having a browse of the shelves, and picking up another one too. The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress by Beryl Bainbridge took my fancy because it’s about a young couple on an American roadtrip that coincides with the Robert Kennedy presidential campaign. Anything with the words ‘presidential campaign’ in the blurb will immediately pique my interest, and it being Robert Kennedy makes it even better.

My book problem is more or less out of control. I made a list the other day of all the books I have to read, including library books, review books for the blog, review books for Essex Life, book club books and any others I want to read. It was a long list, and slightly overwhelming, so I did what any normal person would do. I reached for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and settled in for a re-read. I was supposed to be dipping in and out with a chapter here and there, which is what I did with Philosopher’s Stone, but then I devoured Chamber of Secrets within a day. It’s not really getting the job done, but I’m enjoying myself.

I’ve been baking out of a book today. My sister bought me Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe for Christmas, along with all the ingredients to make these Express Airline Altitude Cookies, and it has taken me until now to bake them! But it’s my dad’s birthday today, so along with a cake, I’ve baked some cookies. I haven’t read the book yet, but I might save it now until later in the year. It might feel autumnal today, but it’s very much midsummer!

What are you reading at the moment?

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  • Reply bevchen

    The Bookish Side of Life is a great name for a series (or even for an entire blog if it was all about books!).

    I’ve just finished reading a biography of Captain James Cook so I’m in the process of deciding what to pick up next. Oh, and I’m reading A Bear Called Paddington with Jan because he doesn’t know it 🙂

    July 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm
    • Reply Jane

      Ooh, was the biography good? I don’t know much about James Cook, so I’d love to read a book on him. I much prefer reading books about people I don’t know anything about!

      Funnily enough, I picked up a Paddington Bear book at the library today, and almost took it, because I haven’t read any in years! I hope Jan’s enjoying it!

      July 10, 2014 at 6:17 pm

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