Friday, May 13, 2016

Day 2402 - What I'm reading

What's on your bedside table right now?


In addition to painkillers (thanks fibroymalgia headaches), a glass of water, bobby pins, hand cream and my salt lamp, I've got a bunch of reading material piled up on my bedside table.  I'm part way through all of it.



Marley and Me was borrowed from a travel companion and is light reading with a story that I know so well.  It's my "warm fuzzy" book that I'm afraid to finish because I know it will bring tears.

The Who Collector's Issue was bought for me by my lovely cousin who understands the impact Prince's death has had on my life. It's my "tribute reading" and a way of mourning the loss of my music icon.

I bought The Fictional Woman at an airport recently when I was looking for a motivational autobiography.  It's not quite what I was expecting - it's a little stronger than I thought and a tad political - but it's my dose of "powerful woman" when I'm needing to light the fire within.

In addition to the hard copy pages I read at night, I've been scanning my phone for links found via Facebook.



I think the most thought provoking read I've had recently has got to be the open letter Dylan Farrow wrote in 2014 about the sexual abuse she experienced at the hands of Woody Allen.

I can't stop thinking about her story and the fact that this man is still being celebrated.  I know there are three sides to every story, but surely this story requires greater recognition.  When a child is made to feel unsafe at the hands of a trusted adult, the only story that really matters is theirs.

To John Grogan, Prince, Tara Moss and Dylan Farrow - thank you for sharing your stories.

What's on your bedside table right now?

What are you reading?

What has got you thinking this week? 




When it comes to this ageing positively gig, reading is essential. It's good for our brain function, our memory and our ability to see beyond our own sphere.  It's exercise. Reading is a bit like a treadmill for our mind.   






23 comments :

  1. I will have to check out that Woody A thing.
    I am reading All The Light You Cannot See. Really great read. (2015 Pulitzer.)
    Otherwise, the bedside (actually a changetable) has my diary, school notices and press releases all over it!

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    1. Ooh, a Pulitzer winner. Fab!
      Ah those piles of school notices ... know them well.

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  2. Lust and Wondwr by Augusten Burroughs. I'm loving it- he's amazing. The fictional woman is on my list. Tara Moss is a powerhouse.
    My heart breaks for Dylan Farrow.

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    1. I don't know Lust and Wonder. May have to look into it.

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  3. I'm slowly getting thru Saigon, by Anthony Grey. And I have read the media stuff coming out about Allen - read the judges decision yesterday - so gross

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  4. Oh Marley and Me is such a fantastic read - I see a lot of tissues in your future. I'm currently having a 3 way with 3 different books; Lonely Planet Guide to Seattle, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi (tissues also required) and Farewell My Ovaries by Wendy Harmer. I think me and hubster are secretly trying to out book stack each other on the bedside tables!

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    1. When Breath Becomes Air sounds interesting ...

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  5. I have a natural rubber pacifier sitting on my bedside at the moment. Picked up at a baby spa opening here in Perth. I'm trying to decide who to gift it too.

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  6. Kindle with Night Shift by Charlaine Harris on it, as well as a small stuffed fox and a water bottle.

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    1. Small stuffed foxes are important in one's bedroom ...

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  7. What am I reading?! Leanne, that's a question fraught with complexity. At the moment I'm reading Jenn J McLeod's latest and the name escapes me. Of course it's in the bathroom not on my bedside table. And there's NOTHING on my bedside table cos my place is on the market and (mostly) all of my surfaces are CLEAR!!!!

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    1. I thought of you as I wrote this post :) I thought - Deb is not going to be able to answer this question in one sentence! LOL.

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  8. I am doing light girly reading at the moment - anything by Sheila O'Flanagan. I dud just finish 'Serena' and it was such a different but great read. I want to see the movie now!!

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    1. I'm always into light girly reading. My head is too full of stuff to read anything that will give me additional weight.

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  9. I saw the Marley & Me film, I didn't realise it was based on a book! I'm mostly reading true crime at the moment... then wonder why I have bad dreams! ;) #pocolo

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    1. LOL. I have ditched crime reading and crime viewing because it wasn't helping me with staying positive. Hard to be positive when everyone is getting hacked to death! LOL.

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  10. I bawled my eyes out reading Marley and Me. What's Tara Moss' book like? And yes - RIP Prince. I'm still in mourning.

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    1. Tara Moss' book is good for the feminist in us. But I found it a little heavier and more political than I was expecting so my thoughts of reading a basic autobiography kind of went out the window. But that's just me. I just wanted something lighter at the time. It doesn't take away from the fact that she's an amazing and strong woman.

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  11. I've a stack of magazines under my bedside table that I never seem to get around to reading - think I need to find a new plan! Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo x

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    1. TIme for a few champagne fueled baths perhaps? Perfect for magazine reading on a Friday night.

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