Frugal Friday: What are you reading?

It’s time for another Frugal Friday and this time…let’s talk about other things to do other than:

A. Buy make up

B. Think about buying make up, and

C. Writing up lists of make up to buy.

Reading! I love reading although I don’t have much time for it anymore. I have a massive book collection – gathered from my childhood, University days and current interests.  I don’t see books as a luxury purchase at all!

Cat reading

I can’t seem to concentrate long enough to read fiction so I generally read non fiction. I always have a new hobby, or a new topic I am learning about (ie. soapmaking or a new computer program) so my book collection is like a little reference library!

I am currently reading….

How to make a million 17 day diet revolutionary road

1. How to make a million before lunch – I read Rachel Bridge’s lunchtime masterclass with The Stylist magazine and I liked her approach so bought her book. I am reading this slowly to digest the information and apply it to some ideas I am currently working on.  I really love books about business start ups and entrepreneurs.

2. The 17 Day Diet by Dr Mike Moreno – another week, another diet. This one so far seems like a great book.  The diet itself seems very sensible, lots of protein and veg and cutting out the obvious, sugars and carbs for 17 days then a second phase which allows for some grains and good carbs.  Need to start this – I have a ton of food my mum gave me I need to finish first and they’re all quite carby!

3. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. I like subtle fiction and also books explore relationships and that convey a sense of suffocation…I just think it’s a real art!  I have only read a few pages of this – I only get a chance when I am tucked in bed and I manage a few pages before I pass out.

Tell me – what books are you reading?

P.S. What do you make of the Kindle? Great invention, I can see why commuters love it although for me, nothing beats the real pages of a book, and I don’t mind the bulk.  But I guess it makes sense that books will become digitised…I mean I look at my video and CD collection now, and think – what a waste of space!

Have a fab weekend. Got a new blog shop layout coming next week and a new blog announcement! xxx


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  1. says

    Nothing beats a real book! I worry those readers are gonna damage people’s eyes. I just finished up the 10th Sookie Stackhouse book, and I’m gonna read Dragon’s Oath (House of Night Novel, don’t judge) next 😛

  2. says

    Dracula, for English lit and one about Stalin for History v interesting. I have to read Wuthering Heights to but it’s about some whingy woman who annoys me and it’s crap but the whole world seems to love it! x

  3. Chandra says

    Right now Nora Roberts’ Public Secrets. This week I’ve finished re-reading Nora Roberts’ Three Fates & got my greedy hands on Sherrilyn Kenyon’s newest Retribution which was (as ALL of her books are) AMAZING!!!!! These 2 are my favs & I’m constantly re-reading all of their books since I own just about every book Nora has written & I do own all of Sherrilyn’s books. Definitely recommend them both!

  4. Nic says

    I´m reading The Far Pavilions by M.M Kaye. It´s possibly the best book I´ve ever read. It´s an epic story of adventure and romance set during British rule in India. It´s a very long book but not a single page is anything less than mesmerising. I don´t want it to end!

  5. Jen says

    I was just thinking last night that I need to get back into reading books! I get a bit sick of reading on my laptop, and I miss the physicality(?) of turning the pages of a book (feels like an achievement working your way through a thick volume!). I have quite a few novels which I’ve not read yet but bought because…I liked the covers!! Also, like you, I have quite a collection of “reference books” (I’ve got quite a few of those How to make a million-type books for inspiration!). One of my favourite books of all time is To Kill A Mockingbird

  6. says

    Someone recommended Handbags & Gladrags by Maggie Alderson on their blog, so I’ve just finished that – it wasn’t bad, but not my favourite. Nice as a simple relaxing chick lit book though 😀 I’ve been slowly making my way through a book of Agatha Christie’s short stories, and am about to start The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz, which is a sort of memoir book of his I saw in the library :)

  7. says

    Hi! First time commenting on your blog. I just finished reading Room, about a 5-year old boy who grew up confined to a room and never knowing the outside world. How to Make a Million sounds fun. I love business books as well. I love 4-Hour Work Week and 4-Hour Body by the same author!

  8. says

    Loving reading so much right now. Currently reading Caitlin moran’s “how to be a woman”, which is both thought provoking and funny. Got a stack to read through, which is great!

  9. DaenaCat says

    I have a Kindle and I love it so much. While it’s true nothing can beat a real book, I have about 1500-2000 books and simply have run out of space in my small home. I do plan to continue to buy some books in the paper versions but 99% of my future reads will be on the Kindle. Plus I find it easier to read my Kindle in bed which is a big bonus! 😀

    Right now I’m reading the 3rd book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by G R R Martin — the books the TV series “Game of Thrones” is based on.

  10. Janet Shepherd says

    I’ve gotten totally sucked into the Rizzoli & Isles series by Tess Gerritsen, and I’m also reading White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick, which is kind of aimed at teens but is still a good ole gothic story. I read on a Kindle & on my smartphone too.

  11. Penoirz says

    I’m on the final book of the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo which would NEVER have been achieved if i hasn’t been reading them on my the Kindle (on the Ipod Touch).. i used to hate having to hold a book with one hand and turn the page with the other whilst trying to lie comfortably lying in bed or plonked on my front on the beach. With the ipod+kindle i can do it all in one hand and flick the pages with me thumb=BRILLIANT

  12. Gordita says

    I have zero cash so I get my books from the library and also order from them – it’s the perfect solution at the moment because I can pay for my books when I am ready (if they do not have the books within the county, they charge you a tiny fee to get the book from out of county or buy – something like 30p per book!)

    At the moment, my reading list is basically:
    “Creepy Cute Crochet” and “The Happy Hooker” – learning to crochet!
    Any PG Wodehouse books that I can lay my mitts on – the books are escapist and wonderful. The most recent is “Mr Mulliner’s” something or other, so funny.
    I’ve got on order some books about the Borgias, should be interesting! I’ve got loads on order but my list is not near me at the moment.
    Also on order “Felt Friends from Japan” – it looks so cute, and I have felt lying around waiting to be used up.
    I also read recently “It’s Your Time You’re Wasting” – a kind of memoir by a teacher. As a teacher I can totally and depressingly relate to it. I read it on the Kindle (not mine – a relative’s), and I do have to say, while Kindles are excellent for holidays I imagine, I still love the physical feel of a book, the fact that a book’s batteries never runs out, and that sometimes the book covers are basically works of art.
    I also finished the Howl’s Moving Castle series – quite a let down. :S
    I want to read the Song of Ice and Fire trilogy!