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What I’m reading Wednesday – wonder woman blogs!

14 Dec

I’m still a relative newbie on the blogging scene and am constantly in awe of all the ‘mummy bloggers’ who seem to effortlessly juggle writing, raising rug rats, running a household and blogging and tweeting about it all!

As I wrote in a previous blog post, I (seriously) don’t know how she does it, I wonder how I will ever be able to keep so many balls in the air. I’m barely able to keep on top of it as it is, and I only have myself (and The Lad) to worry about!

So in honour of the inspiring women whose blogs have made me giggle, cry, escape and ponder this week, I’ve created a new award – the Wonder Woman Blogger award!

I’m awarding the accolade to four fabulous Wonder Woman bloggers this week. I encourage you to check out and follow their dazzling blogs! And of course, I ask this week’s Wonder Woman Blogger recipients to nominate their Wonder Woman Bloggers and pass the award along to them (simply copy the image above). 🙂

This week’s Wonder Woman Bloggers

Do you know other Wonder Woman Bloggers? Why not nominate them below and share the love?  🙂

What I’m reading Wednesday – Life of Pi

7 Dec

I love a good book. I love it more than Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (I know, it’s hard to believe!) I love it more than a glass of red wine. Though I love it even more when it’s accompanied by Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and a glass of red wine!

To celebrate juicy reads, moving tales and uplifting stories, I have decided to devote every Wednesday to discussing what I’m reading (and I’d love you to share your current reads too). Think of it like Oprah’s Book Club, but without the ‘Oh. My. God. This. Book. Changed. My. Liii-iiiiiife!’ screeches.

What I’m Reading This Week

There are many books – classics – which sat on my parents’ bookshelves for years, but which I never picked up. Occasionally, when I couldn’t sleep, I would sneak out to the study and steal a few stories, in the hope that they would make me sleepy. I would end up reading a couple of pages before nodding off, and return the book in the morning.  This meant I started, but never finished, a lot of classic novels.

One text I used to spy was Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Mum read it for her book club and raved about it (not to me, I was too young. Though I took a lot of sick days as a kid and would listen in to their discussions). When I was old enough to delve into it, I never got around to it.

A few weeks ago, the lad’s sister had just finished the book and, like Mum, was raving about it. She said it would ‘make you believe in God.’ Well, I already do. But it still sounded pretty convincing!

I had to wait in line while the lad devoured it. This week, it was my turn. Like his sister, the lad gave it his tick of approval and even sent it towards the top of his ‘best books’ list. That’s no easy feat!

I’m only a couple of chapters in, but already I can feel the rhythm of the book, see the richly-painted characters and am fully absorbed in the story.

I’ve always loved reading stories about life in India – Aravind Adiga’s debut novel The White Tiger, Salman Rushdie’s challenging Midnight’s Children and even travel tale Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald. The people and places are always painted so magnificently. Their conversations are unique, quirky and honest. The characters in Life of Pi are no different. We meet the protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, in the opening chapter as he reflects on his childhood. We discover he was named after a swimming pool and was tortured at school when teachers and fellow students constantly mispronounced his name and called him ‘Pissing’. His tale is interspersed with italicised text, apparently the author’s notes from when he met Pi. Whether he did indeed meet with Pi to learn his life story, or whether Pi is a fictional character, is unknown at this point. Either way, I’m enjoying sinking my teeth into the tale every evening after work. It’s a lovely form of escapism.

I almost wish I’d saved Life of Pi to read at Mum’s over the Christmas break. It’s would have been a fulfilling holiday read. Given the compelling story, though, I reckon I’ll have finished it by next Wednesday’s ‘What I’m Reading’ post!

Have you read Life of Pi? What did you like about it (no spoilers please!) What are you reading this week? 

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