Today I raided Google Images for pictures of women reading - believe me, there are a zillion. Go there and have fun. I'm a day late for my contributions to Sarah's Blogger Book Boost, however, reading never has a time limit.
Here a woman in Iran reads reminding me of the illustrations in Marjane Satrapi's astounding Persepholis. This graphic novel -- an account of her life growing up in Iran --is very easy to read but deeply moving. Should make those of us whose youth was spent in Britain and the US very grateful indeed.
This poor woman looks as if reading is giving her a headache and she will shortly reach for the Advil. She probably hasn't discovered Persephone books yet. I challenge you to fail to find a perfect book for the reader in the house. (They should pay me for all this boosting........in books please.) Bee agrees with me. My latest favorite: Good Evening Mrs.Craven by Mollie Panter Downe.
This is a picture of me in my negligee and high heeled pointed slippers sitting by my Parisienne window enjoying The Caliph's House by Tahir Shah in which he describes all the dramas, disasters and joys of refurbishing an old haunted house in Casablanca. Very funny, full of amazing stories. Arm chair travelling at its best.
On a more serious note, I' m currently reading the gripping and saddening non-fiction Human Smoke by Nicholson Baker. The events leading up to the Second World war - little snippets of diaries, newspaper accounts from all over the world.
Hope everyone gets at least one super read for the holidays..........