A Book To Inspire

February 23, 2013


I have been so very naughty with my reading this year, after having such grand plans in January I have been incredibly lazy. I feel like I need a really good book to kick start it all. Last year it was The Help which did it for me. I received it as a Christmas present and read it in a few days. I totally fell in love with it and it motivated me to read more and to read more new books rather than just re-reading my favourites.

I set myself a little challenge to read some books I wouldn’t usually read and I started off with The Great Gatsby. It’s fair to say that it didn’t really grip me; it is left on my bedside table with the bookmark stuck half way through. I just can’t bring myself to pick it up again; if anyone has read it and would like to persuade me otherwise please do!

So carrying on with my book challenge I decided to give Anna Karenina a go. The lovely Vicki from Let’s Talk Beauty lent me the most amazing old copy which had been passed down to her. So far I am loving it, but I think it has a lot to do with the pretty book and the old book smell. I do love my Kindle but I am setting it aside for a while and focusing on finishing this book (but I do have Silver Linings Playbook on my Kindle, just waiting to be read). My challenge was to read some books from the BBC book list and I’m thinking of trying Rebecca next; I know a lot of people who love this book so I’m hoping it will keep me motivated. Has anyone read any of these books and what did you think? I could do with some reading inspiration!

A lovely old edition of Anna Karenina


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  • Vicki

    I am ashamed to admit I had been reading this on my Kindle & had never even opened this. It has been sitting on my book shelf for years unloved.
    When you have finished I am going to read it.

    February 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      You definitely should, it is nice to put the Kindle aside occasionally. I’m like you, I love my Kindle but I will always love real books more.

      March 1, 2013 at 8:35 am Reply
  • hannah

    Rebecca is great- I love it!

    March 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      I have heard from a lot of people who love it too so I think I will definitely be giving that a go next!

      March 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm Reply

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