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Do you like paper books or e-readers?

Do you like paper books or e-readers?

I love books. When we emigrated we brought 36 boxes of books across with us in our container – which in hindsight was stupid – but we couldn’t decide which books to part with.

Now I am looking at getting an e-reader. I have Kindle on my iPhone but am considering an iPad so that I can have an e-reader but also use it for blogging and apps for the kids. I wonder if I’ll miss paper? I do know that I don’t want to be buying any more paper books. The house looks like a library and not in a good way!

Do you have an e-reader? What do you prefer?

Books for girls

DH and I love reading and our kids will hopefully inherit our love for books. So far, so good! But… all the books for girls are full of helpless princesses or wicked witches/stepmothers, its hard to find a book with a female lead character that isn’t an absolute pain in the butt (not to mention a rubbish role model).

So, I am on the hunt for decent books for little girls – ones that wont leave her feeling like life is all about marrying prince charming!

My friend Verity told me about Blueberry Girl, written by one of my favourite authors, Neil Gaiman and I love the words. Make me some recommendations for others 🙂

Blueberry Girl – by Neil Gaiman

Ladies of light
and Ladies Of darkness
and Ladies of never you mind
This is a prayer for a Blueberry Girl
First may you Ladies be kind
Keep her from spindles and sleeps at 16
Let her stay Waking and Wise
Nightmares at 3 or bad husbands at 30
These will not trouble her Eyes
Dull days at 40
False friends at 15
Let her have Brave days and Truth
Let her go Places that we’ve never been
Trust and Delight in her youth
Ladies of grace and Ladies of favor
And Ladies of merciful night
This is a prayer for a Blueberry Girl
Grant her your Clearness of Sight
Words can be worrisome
People complex
Motives and manners unclear
Grant her the Wisdom to chose her path right
Free from unkindess and Fear
Let her tell Stories
And Dance in the rain
Somersaults Tumble and Run
Her Joys must be high
as her Sorrows are Deep
Let her grow like a Weed in the Sun
Ladies of paradox
Ladies of measure
Ladies of shadows that Fall
This is a prayer for a Blueberry Girl
Words written Clear on a Wall
Help her to help Herself
Help her to Stand
Help her to Lose and to Find
Teach her we’re only as Big as our Dreams
Show her that Fortune is blind
Truth is a thing she must find for Herself
Precious and Rare as a Pearl
Give her all these and a little bit more
Gifts for a Blueberry Girl

Books I’m loving

I know there are a few other book lovers who read my blog so I’ll share the last few books I’ve loved reading.

Zone 22 by Tig Hague had me on the edge of my seat for a few nights and was well worth the lack of sleep. Its a true story about a Brit who ends up in a Russian prison after being caught with drugs at the airport. There were a few times I wanted to give him a good thump on the back of the head for being such an idiot but it was a gripping read.

Dirt Music by Tim Winton was a gift from my dad who has similar taste in reading material. I’ll be looking out for more Tim Winton books in future – it was so beautifully written. All his characters seemed deeply flawed, very human and easy to relate to.

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (another gift). I loved The Poisonwood Bible and Prodigal Summer by the same author and this one was an odd but lovely read. It made me think about what family really is and how the people we surround ourselves with become more of a family sometimes than the people we’re related to.

Recommend some more books for me!

Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something

Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something

The red tent, by Anita Diamant is one of my favourite books. Its written by a woman, about women and for women and the writing is beautiful! Its a book I sometimes give as a gift when I know the person I am giving it to hasn’t already read it.

There are many, many reviews about it on Amazon and many are critical because it is a work of fiction set in biblical times and people are quite sensitive about things not necessarily being historically accurate. I don’t think its ever been described as anything other than fiction so not sure why people get their knickers in a knot about it but that’s the way it is.

If you haven’t already read it buy or borrow it soon 🙂

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