I've gotten through a lot of books over the past couple of months - at least for me. I know for some people this is a tiny number of books - especially given one is basically a glorified picture book!
Outdoors by Diarmuid Gavin and Terance Conran
I actually bought this book for my parents a while ago and then borrowed it back now we are working on our garden for inspiration. It is absolutely massive - I can't quite believe I carried it all the way back from Bristol to London to give it to them for Christmas! I love it though - there are so many photos of amazing gardens, and some really great insight from Gavin and Conran on designing and planning your own garden. There is a section for everything from the urban and rooftop gardens most like my own little patch, to some stunning and huge country garden. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for ideas for their own garden.
Talk to the Tail by Tom Cox
I got this out of the library the same week we got our cats, for obvious reasons! It's a really sweet and funny memoir by Cox, of his life with six (yes six!) cats. He does a great job of portraying the personalities of each cat, and I loved reading about their misadventures. All in all a very easy and loveable read, especially for new cat owners getting very panicky about whether they are doing everything exactly right! Reading this definitely helped me chill out about cat ownership!
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
This is the sequel to Wolf Hall, and in my usual manner I am reading them completely in the wrong order, as this was the only one they had at the Library. Hopefully it won't make too much difference! It's quite a long and dense book, and I confess I've only just started it. I actually went and renewed it for another three weeks, as I don't think it will be a quick one to finish. I do like to get stuck into some more challenging books as well as my usual stream of easy reads, but they do take me a while to get through. I think I was reading Anna Karenina for about six months in the end! Hopefully this won't take me so long. It's set in the court of Henry VIII and I am loving all the court intrigue thus far!
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
I have never read any of Salman Rushdie's work before, so I figures it was about time I changed that. I admit I looked through the books available at the library and went for the shortest one! I haven't started this one yet - it's next on the list after I get through Bring up the Bodies. I suspect I might need to renew again...
The Great White Palace by Tony Porter
This is another lovely easy read, and another memoir. I am having quite a non-fiction kick at the moment - I just love reading about people's lives, which is probably why I love blogs so much! This is the story of how Porter and his wife purchased Burgh Island, and the decaying Art Deco hotel on it, and restored it into a beautiful luxury hotel. If you've seen the Poirot titled Evil Under the Sun you'll have seen this amazing hotel as they filmed it here. It's one of only a couple of Agatha Christie's stories to be filmed where she set it. My parents have been to stay as they are huge Art Deco fans, and I'd love to visit one day. I really enjoyed reading about the renovation work, and the behind the scenes look at running a hotel, especially one only accessible by sea tractor!
What have your read and loved recently?