Thursday, 8 January 2015

Book Haul

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I got quite a few books for Christmas which I am excited to get reading. Last year I read 17 books, which wasn't terribly impressive to be honest. When I was younger I read constantly, and would get through that number in a month, but these days I get way too distracted, by the Internet mainly, and I hate being interrupted when I get to a good bit, so reading before bed and on the tube is problematic as before I know it, it's 1am, or I've missed my stop!

In 2015 I want to get better at making time for reading, and so my aim for the year is to read 30 book That's nearly double what I read last year, so it's a decent challenge, but not unachievable.

For Christmas I got two collections from the Book People, which were seriously good value. Firstly the box set of Hilary Mantel, which if we are talking words per £ here must be the best return on investment ever. I read Bring Up the Bodies last year and it was one of my favourite reads of 2014, and I have got started with Wolf Hall already this month. They aren't the easiest books to read (and they are so long!) I can't see myself reading all of these this year, but I do enjoy her writing so much, that it keeps me going even when it seems a bit dense.

The other collection is three much shorter books - the Culinary Fiction collection, featuring The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C Morais, The Restaurant of Love Regained by Ito Ogawa and White Truffles in Winter by N.M. Kelby. I love books set around food or travel, so hopefully these three will be good, interesting reads.

Finally I got two cook books - both at opposite ends of the spectrum. Gwenyth Paltrow's It's All Good, a totally health focused book, which should help my annual 'Help it's January and I need to get healthy!' panic, and Jamie Oliver's comfort food, which is all about indulgence. My goal health wise this year is to aim for moderation. I tend to do all the classic mistakes of over indulging, then flipping to the other end, depriving myself for a week, hating it, falling off the wagon, rinse and repeat. This year I am going to try and be a bit more balanced. Simple, home cooked food most of the time, but with enough treats that I don't feel like I'm totally deprived of anything! I'm hoping these two cookbooks will therefore work well together, rather than being completely anachronistic.

12 comments:

Rachel said...

I'd love to hear what It's All Good is like, I've always been curious about her books. As for Comfort Food, I'm a massive fan. I've made the steamed buns so far, and they were pretty awesome!

char said...

I've not yet read Wolf Hall, but it's on my list of books to look out for in the library. 30 books sounds like a great challenge.

Lily Lipstick said...

I'm hoping to read more in 2015, too. Hilary Mantel has been on my to-read list for so long, the box set looks great! x

Katiecakes said...

I love Comfort Food, such a great book. I've got Gwenyth Paltrow's first book and it's a bit hit and miss, love to hear what this one's like.

Katie xoxo

Joanna. said...

I've set myself the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. I'm on Number 2 already so I'm hoping that I keep it up! I kept umming and ahhing whether to get Bring Up the Bodies, but no excuse not to give it a go now!

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Carey Martin said...

I agree with reading more when I was younger! I have so much on y plate between college and internet time as well! I definitely would like to enjoy a few books here and there this year!

Juliet said...

Hi! I've been following for a while but think this is my first comment :) I got that Hilary Mantel collection last year (or the year before last now...) on Amazon's deal week and absolutely loved Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, but you're right about them being dense. I couldn't have read all 6 in a row - The Giant O'Brien is a short and interesting read though, and I felt it was quite different to Wolf Hall/ButB. Still got the other three to go!

SJ said...

Comfort Food sounds good – I have a couple of Jamie Oliver books and we brought his Great Britain one out with us to SF as there are lots of tasty home cooking/comfort food recipes in there.

Katie Frank said...

aw, I see so many interesting books! I also bought so many books lately but I won't read them untill I finish writing mine cus deadline is closer!

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Sherin said...

Definitely adding a few of these to my reading list. My list at the moment is huge but I'm always on the hunt for new books.
I need to read Wolf Hall. I've been meaning to for ages.

Stacy said...

That is amazing!!! Would like to read everything from here!! I am soooo much interesting in these hauls than in makeup. The last one type of buyings has become so typical: the same palettes, powders and brushes...BORING!!! And the books....oh it's the real treasure)
xo
Stacy

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Nicole Mary Kelby said...

I totally love MS. Mantel, and did my PhD thesis on her so am over-the-moon that you have WHITE TRUFFLES (my novel) and hers on the same shelf. Very nice haul indeed. Enjoy! www.nmkelby.com