Thursday, 16 May 2013

Reading in May


Here's what I'm reading this month:

1. Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead
I never saw the tv programme they made of this (I didn't hear good reviews!) but if you are interested not just in shopping but in everything surrounding the shopping experience this book is such a good read. I work quite near to Selfridges and a trip there is often a lunchtime treat when I'm in the office, so I had a special interest when reading the book, in learning how one of my favourite shops came to be. I really didn't know much about the history of department stores, but so many things about shopping such as having the merchandise out on display so you can touch it rather than hidden in a drawer were the invention of Mr Selfridge!

2. Persopolis by Marjane Satrapi
This is a graphic novel I got for my birthday. It is the story of a girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war in the 70s-90s, and again a topic I am wholly unfamiliar with. It is brilliantly written and drawn, and I felt like I learnt a lot about the lives of Marjane and her family. It doesn't sound like a book that i going to be a barrel of laughs, but it was very funny in places as well as being incredibly moving.

3. Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald
This is what I'm reading right now. I feel like 20s fever is in the air at the moment with the release of The Great Gatsby in the cinema, and as I've already read that and a few other Fitzgeralds I decided to try Tender is the Night. I feel totally swept away every time I open the book, it's the south of France on a hot summer's evening in the 1920s as soon as I start reading, which is a pretty good place to be!

4. Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg
There was such a buzz about this book when it first came out, and having read a lot about it I am quite curious to actually read it for myself. I haven't started it yet, so I would love to know your thoughts if you've read it?

What are you reading at the moment?


Dizzy Tea said...

I have read Tender Is The Night, it was a pleasant book but I didn't like it as much as I enjoyed The Great Gatsby. I love this edition, the whole series is amazing. Hope you enjoy!

And Selfridge book looks amazing, it's one of my favourite stores ever. I do enjoy a little old time fashion and shopping. xx xx

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Nadia said...

I read Shopping Seduction and Mr Selfridge after I'd watched the tv show (which I enjoyed but then I like downton too...)

The first part of the book is nothing like the tv show which starts with him building selfridges, whereas the book begins with him as a boy in america.

After that I was actually really surprised how much of the TV show was actually true.


Annie said...

persepolis has been on my 'to read' list for aaaaages, ever since the film came out. I missed the whole 'selfridges' tv show but it sounds interesting so perhaps i'll read the book instead! I watched a channel 4 news person (i think it was C4) give the 'lean in' lady a bit of a grilling, she seemed to hold her own but it doesn't sound like something i'd read. I'd be interested to hear what you think of it.

Farrah said...

I loveddddd Persepolis, it's one of my all time favorite books, that reminds me I should read it again honestly I love it, and the movie is good too!

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Anonymous said...

I read an interview with Sheryl Sandberg in a magazine recently and was really intrigued - I bet the book is great!

Lily Lipstick said...

Lean In is on my to-read list. I've heard so much about it from female colleagues so looking forward to seeing what I think of it. x

Sherin said...

I was in need of some new recommendations. Can't wait to pick a few of them up.

Style Eyes said...

Thanks for these recommendations. I have just booked my hols so have been on the look out for a good read. I am reading Jasmine Nights, a war time story about love and espionage. It is really good so far, just wish I had the time to finish it off.

Kimberlee said...

Lean In is also on my "to read soon" list! I saw the movie Persepolis (didn't know there was a book) and it was really wonderful. I really wanted to reread The Great Gatsby before the movie came out but of course that didn't happen. There is definitely a '20s craze right now!

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Intrinsically Florrie said...

I'd really like to read the Mr Selfridge book!

I read Tender is the Night a few years ago having been told it was going to be on my A Level syllabus, which it then wasn't but I'd never have read it otherwise! The south of France definitely sounds a fabulous place to be!

I'm just finishing off a re-reading of The Hobbit then plan on embarking on The Lord of the Rings again.

Florrie x

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Tender is the Night is my favorite work by Fitzgerald. It's been criticized for having a wandering plot line, but I just think the writing is so beautiful, so many poetic phrases, it almost doesn't even matter what happens in the know? Perhaps not meant for those that don't love language though.

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