Monday, 28 October 2013

Reading October

reading october

Here's what I'm reading this month.

Just My Type by Simon Garfield
I borrowed this off my mum the other week - I love non fiction books on various random topics i know nothing about, and this is one. Although I've downloaded a million free fonts for use on my blog, I've never really thought much about the history of the most famous fonts - helvetica, comic sans, times new roman... and this is such an interesting book about them. If you are already a font afficionado then this is probably a bit basic for you, but as an introduction and whistlestop tour around the owrld of fonts this is perfect.

One Summer - America 1927 by Bill Bryson
I devour pretty much anything by Bill Bryson. Ever since my dad gave me a copy of A Walk in thr Woods when I was about 15 and said 'I think you'll like this' I have been hooked. Bryson's books about America are my absolute favourites so I am really glad to see one back in the States. He is so good at gently poking fun at the eccentricities of his homeland while still clearly having a lot of love for it.

A Piano in the Pyrenees - Tony Hawks
I picked this up for 25p at the Lewisham Pensioners Forum charity booksale. I think the pensioners are selling themselves a bit short actually, as they had some real gems at the sale. Any books about English or Americans moving abroad to Europe and instantly suffering a major culture clash when their crumbling wreck falls foul of planning permission and they can't get wifi gives me a bit of a sadistic thrill I have to say! Mainly because I'm pretty jealous of anyone who actually is living the dream of a simpler life in the French or Italian countryside, and also because it always works out in the end and they learn a valuable lesson and get a book deal.

One Fifth Avenue - Candace Bushnell
From one book of pure escapism to another - I also picked this up at the charity booksale and can't wait to get started on it! I watched so much sex and the city with my housemates at uni, but I've never actually read any of Candace Bushnell's books, but I am so looking forward to digging into this.

What are you reading at the moment?


Rachel said...

At the moment? I'm skipping between Mastering The Art Of French Cookery and Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw.

Nonchalant Rebel said...

Nice post!

xx Mounia

Sherin said...

Sound like good books. I'm reading Z: the novel of Zelda Fitzgerald at the moment - it's incredible.

Matthew Pike said...

One Summer - America 1927 sounds really good, I'll get that. I don't read so much really.

Buckets & Spades

Winnie said...

These look like good reads - I love the cover imaged for the Bill Bryson one. I'm still reading my Murakami Underground book - it's really interesting.

Asmaa said...

Bill Bryson is fantastic!

I've been flitting between the first Lord of the Rings book and The Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun (a beautifully written story!)

Asmaa :D

Maria Fallon said...

These all sound really interesting! I am reading The Marriage Plot at the moment and I'm really enjoying it!

Maria xxx

Katie Frank said...

some of these books seems very interesting! awesome :)

FAIIINT said...

I'm such a typography nerd, I think I may have to get Just My Type, even if only because the cover is so nice! I'm currently reading 'The Better Angels of Our Nature' by Steven Pinker, I love big chunky non-fiction books that are based on science or history, and this has a bit of both! It's fascinating so far!

underthewillowtrees said...

I love anything by Bill Bryson. He made me want to travel to America and trek the Appalachian trail when I was younger. Still keen on the first part, not so on the second (grown lazier with age).

Also confess to having read One Fifth Ave. Great escapism book.


Golden said...

Love that you share your reading list - always need a new book! Currently working on Wolf Hall and The Dud Avocado.

Rockster1039 said...

Currently reading Ayiti by Roxane Gay. Great book by an amazing person <3