Monday, 30 April 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday already! In the last week I read this book, 

because I wanted to learn a bit more about the First World War. We know about Anzac Day, but this book looks at the whole war and all the different battles. It was easy reading but not light. All the soldiers in the war endured such harsh conditions, and these are described in explicit detail. I found out a lot of things I hadn't realised before, and the chronology of the events of the war are now clear to me.

I actually struggle with Anzac Day because, although I want to appreciate that our men went to war, I don't believe war is the answer. We don't encourage fighting between children, within families, or between people in the street, and yet, our supposedly highly intelligent leaders can't work things out through discussions?? 
Two educated people cannot come up with a reasonable negotiation, so millions of people have to die for that? Key word: NEGOTIATE (taking into consideration history, cultural differences, economical needs etc)
It just blows my mind. 

But, stepping down from my pedestal, one of the books I am reading this week is:

which I got for my birthday!  I love inspirational books, and, while this is probably aimed at much younger people than me, there are little anecdotes and stories within that are applicable to all age groups. 

I also haven't quite got into this one yet, although I have started, but got distracted by the Anzac book:

My Mum found this one for me, which I've been wanting to read:

which, for the one or two of you that haven't already read it, is the record of a man's conversations with his older teacher. Looks like a quick and easy read.

I've also been dipping into a couple of books on my iphone, including this one 

and this one

and they both seem like interesting reads. It's so hard sometimes to decide what to read next!

Anyways, I'm linking up with Sheila's Book Journey to see what other people are reading this week, so join me if you are curious too!



  1. Tuesdays with Morrie is a great book! It certainly gives a different perspective on life and makes us appreciate the short existence it actually is. I'm not part of this meme/blog hop (maybe next week) but in case you wanted to know, at the moment I'm reading The Novel in the Viola. It's a beautiful old-fashioned story set in the 1930s about a Jewish girl from Vienna who gets sent to England to work as a parlour maid. I'm only a few chapters into it but so far I'm loving it!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  2. The Great Gatsby! Fabulous story. One of the most memorable books I've ever read.

    Here's my
    It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
    I hope you will stop by!

    1. Good! That makes me want to read it even more! :)

  3. Ooh, great looking books! I have 11/22/63 and really must start reading it! I know I will have to read it along with other books, as it will take awhile. Or maybe not.



    1. 11/22/63 must be a thick book, as the size of it seems to turn people off - luckily I've got it on e-book, so it won't be heavy or cumbersome! :)

  4. You read some great books this week :) Tuesdays with Morrie is wonderful!

    Happy reading!!
    What are YOU reading??

    1. I've seen lots of positive reviews for this one! :)

  5. I had no idea Miranda Kerr wrote a book! Interesting. :)

  6. The Great Gatsby is on my to-reread list. We read part of it in high school, and then watched the movie. (I always hated when teachers did that. Didn't give me enough time to read the whole thing, and then ruined the ending. Le sigh.)

  7. Tuesdays With Morrie is great, hope you enjoy it. The Host has been on my bookshelf for ages, and friends have loved it.

    PS thanks for your well wishes on my surgery, I'm slowly getting around to bloggers I've missed. Have a great week and happy reading :)


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