October 2013 – Back to basics…

After a break for a month, our twitter reading group is back and we are going back to basics. This month, we are going to welcome you all by just asking you – what are you reading and why? Don’t be shy – we don’t care what you read, as long as you are reading something.


Tell us what you love reading, tell us what you hate reading, tell us what have has surprised you, tell us what has disappointed you.

Here are some examples:

I loved reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker again. I first read this book as a teenager, after watching the wonderful film adaptation. I am a firm believer that books mean different things to people at different times of their life and I certainly believe that this is the case with this book. I don’t remember being so moved, shocked, or in the end, uplifted at 18, as I am now (I am not divulging my current age).

I have hated reading the news over the last few weeks. I am finding reading the news through which every medium – newspaper, online, through my smartphone – increasingly depressing and some cases, annoying. I would love to abstain for a couple of weeks and go about completely unaware of all the tragedies of life that are reported daily. I know, however, that my ongoing quest (some might say obsession) for information will not allow this – pass me my BBC News app quick, what have I missed?


I was really surprised by Fluffy by Simone Lia, a gorgeous graphic novel. I am not really a graphic novel fan. I am not knocking them, in fact, I quite like the idea (in my inner geeky way) but my brain doesn’t seem to want to understand how the story flows. I, however, loved Fluffy, a book that tells the story of a little rabbit who thinks he is a little boy, of his relationship with his daddy (a human called Michael) and life’s little anxieties. Brilliant – that is all.

Like many women out there, I was disappointed to hear that Helen Fielding had killed off Mark Darcy in the latest Bridget Jones incarnation, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. Mark Darcy was one of the few characters in a book that I secretly swooned for and I suspect that I will miss him. I haven’t read the book yet, so I will reserve my judgement until the final page. Maybe.

So, anything goes… let’s all get together on Twitter on Tuesday 29th October at 8 p.m. We will be using #NPTbtb to bring our tweets together.

See you there,


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