December 31, 2011

Year End and Lazy Holiday Reads

One thing I really enjoy about this time of year is that I can do plenty of reading without feeling guilty about it!  I’m usually a fairly keen reader anyway - looking back over the past year I’ve realised that my love of books has exceeded any boundaries previously set.

This is my current stack of holiday reading.  Our local library is fantastic, and I’ve not bought a fiction book in years.  I may have mentioned my almost obsessive habit about new release books.   Most times the book that I'm wanting to read is already available through the library.  
Book review blogs make great reading too and one of my favourites is Milo's Rambles (and of course my long-time favourite LibraryGirl).   I have just finished reading Perfect People by Peter James which was Milo's No.1 read for the year also.

It’s a great book, and a real page turner.   Designer babies and a great story combine for a highly recommended read indeed.  I’ve read a lot of Peter James other works, police procedurals featuring Roy Grace, but Perfect People is a standalone novel.

I think Peter James would be one of my fave authors.  I am also awaiting the newly released novels of Nevada Barr and also Sue Grafton.   I think I have read every book written by both these authors and have followed the adventures of both Anna Pidgeon and Kinsey Milhone for many years.  
The other reads in this stack cover a rather diverse range, which shows how my tastes have changed and/or are changing.   I used to be a stickler for mystery/suspense books and would rarely try anything else.  Now I am drawn to various other genres and am currently exploring dystopian books in the YA (young adult) range.  I find that they are usually  better more interesting, not too gory or weird and often with less swearing!  I don't think I'd  handle the really heavy SciFi style!
Another book I’d like to mention is Knitting Beyond the Edge, which I was lucky enough to win as a giveaway from Suse at  pea soup.  It’s a drool-worthy book and although my knitting is pretty average, I’m determined to try some of the techniques soon.  One of my nieces is having her first baby mid-year and I’m hoping to knit a baby blanket, maybe with a few fancy bits added on!  Thanks again Suse!

Here’s to a Happy New Year!  Whatever you are doing, stay safe and enjoy the start of 2012.
Hope that it is a wonderful one for us all. 
Cheers for now – Wendy 

PS - the photo is one of my favourites was taken several years ago from the holiday house we were staying in at Iluka on the northern NSW coast about this time of year.    Just so peaceful.   Stay peaceful in 2012.


cathy@home said...

And A Happy New Year to you Wendy and I hope there will be many more page turners in it.

saving for travel said...

Great to hear your book reviews!

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Sft x

Fi said...

Happy New Year Wendy! I have just had 10 days off and read and reread so many books, so good to just chill out after such a busy December.

Need to get to the library myself too :)

MrsW - Smell the Roses said...

Happy New Year Wendy! Love your photo:). Blessings for good health and a fun filled 2012. Regards, Ruth

muppy said...

it is a beautiful photo :) happy new year, i really love to read too but sadly since having my kids i have only made it through 1/3 book....

Kim said...

Happy new year Duchess. Reading is such a wonderful pleasure...I often read books for young adults, even younger. My favourite book at the moment is the 100 Cupboards triolgy , with such amazingly descriptive pose that you really think you are in Kansas!