I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure

what I’ve been reading


(I found this post in my Draft folder.  It’s a bit out of date – I think I’ve read another ten books since these ones!)

I seem to have been on a bit of a roll in the last few weeks and have managed to finish quite a few books.

I’ve been twice to the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall (near St Austell) and think they are fantastic – lots to see and lovely walks.  The story of how they were ‘found’ after being lost and restored/reclaimed is fascinating. Although the book is interesting, I think you have to have visited to gardens to really appreciate it.

Giles Coren is known, chiefly, as the restaurant critic for The Times, but this is a collection of short articles about things which make him angry.  He writes in a very humourous way and gets angry about all sorts of things – dogs, skiing, footballers, Formula One Racing, wheelie luggage…


Rosie Millard was on TV talking about the trip which this book chronicles.  It sounded great – take several children half way round the world visiting French Territories – so I ordered it.  I can’t quite put my finger on it, but  I found it a bit disappointing.  Perhaps there was too much detail of the history and geography of their trip and not so much about the family in general.  It was an interesting read, but not one of my favourites.


Framed is a children’s book, but I really enjoyed it.  I started reading it to my class but we didn’t get it finished, so I finished it during the summer break.  It’s an excellent story about a young boy who lives in a small Welsh village where his family runs the local petrol station.  Mysterious convoys of trucks start arriving and driving up the mountains.  The book gives an interesting spin on the true story of the paintings from the National Gallery in London being stored in mountain caves for safety during the Second World War.  I thoroughly recommend this one.


8 thoughts on “what I’ve been reading

  1. I haven’t read any of these. Hmm.

  2. All of these are new to me… I think that I might look into getting the last one (“framed”) for my kids… and what a shame that the Rosie Msallard one was disappointing, – Himself is an “Island” fanatic and it looked at first glance like something he would really like (geography addict to boot) I know he would love the geography aspect of it etc but the whole point of doing this *with* the family was to talk about it all as a real *family* adventure so it’strikes me as odd too that apparently she didn’t (or at least not enough)

  3. A nice variety of books Elaine.
    I am inclined to get stuck on one author and read them until I can’t anymore.
    The exception being Terry Pratchett…can read him all the time.

    • I know what you mean about getting stuck on one author. Years ago I used to read all the Patricia Cornwells – hardly able to wait until a new one came out – but I think I read too many and put myself off. She must have done about 5 new ones since I last read one!

  4. Hi Elaine!
    I’ve seen the made for TV movie of the Framed book, it was good fun. I am your lucky secret elf recipient this month I just popped by to say thank you, I love my gifts x

Now it's your turn

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s