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?