Friday, July 16, 2010


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The way in which humans perceive light is intergral to the way in which we interpret the world. This month, the theme is light, and we want you to interpret it however you like! Sydneysiders are never prepared for the chill of the winter months, so with an absence of sun, I'm using books to keep me warm. You may want to read a book set somewhere warm and sunny, perhaps a summer romance? Or maybe just do some "light" reading. If you have a great idea, it's said to be a "lightbulb moment"; the phrase "seeing the light" refers to a revelation or enlightenment of some kind. There are so many ways to think about the word "light", so tell us what you've been reading and how "light" it is.

Light/Sun titles
* Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
* The Saga of the Seven Suns by Kevin J Anderson
* Lost Light by Michael Connelly
* Sixty Lights by Gail Jones
* The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundura
* Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
* A Song in the Daylight by Paullina Simons
* Southern Lights by Danielle Steel
* To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Light reading
* The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
* Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
* Why She Loves Him by Wendy James
* No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July


katemary said...

I just finished reading Jostein Gaarder's new book (author of Sophie's World), Castle in the Pyrenees, which is "light" in three ways. The story is made up of a series of emails between two people that have been separated for 30 years, so it was some "light" reading for me after just finishing an English degree at uni. It's set in Norway in summer, so it stays light through the night, it never gets completely dark.

Gaarder weaves scientific and philosophical thought into his fiction in a "light" way, rather than the heavy theoretical way it is usually presented. He makes philosophy accessible to a wider audience, and just has a way of making you think, which is why I love his writing so much.

Starfire said...

Twi"light" has it's own special light. The light that makes the vampires sparkle. Who would ever dream that vampires would sparkle! In the Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, the new vampires don't know this and it plays a part in the control of the newborns. The Twilight series is also some great light reading. Don't read into it too much, Katemary! Enjoy it for the light ficion it is.

For a non-Twilight book, I'm choosing the Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett, the second book in the Discworld series. I love this series! It's funny and a great lighthearted read.

sarah e said...

For my light book I have chosen the day watch by Russian author Sergey Lukyanenko, it is the second book in the watdch series where three of them refer to "light" the "night watch, day watch and twilight watch" tho the last one is called the last watch. This is a great Sci Fi series for those who want some vampires, Russia and of course thinking as the book describes many diffrent aspects of fiction.

Matthew said...

I'd like to recommend Northern Light as mentioned in the original post. I normally read thrillers or non fiction in books so it was a bit out of the ordinary for me. A friend recommended it to me and actually gave me a copy to read so i would and i left it for w hile. When i actually read it, it was really enjoyable.
the language is quite readable and easy to get through, and you don't get bogged down in boring bits like i have found in other fantasy books. I highly recommend it for some 'light' reading, its good fun and has some cute moments too

amylou said...

For some light reading from an unlikely source, try Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. This is a lovely story about a storyteller and his son who go to a planet that no longer rotates, leaving one side in permanent light, and the other in permanent darkness. Haroun and his father help the planet which has been struggling to find a balance between light and darkness.

Paul said...

Diming the light a bit, I've chosen to read The Pacific by the experienced military historian Hugh Ambrose.

Set during the Pacific Ocean Campaigns of WWII, the book follows the "lighter" side of War.

Exposing the lives, accounts and self enlightenment of Five American Soldiers during the war, The Pacific is a great read for lovers of the genre.

Readergirl said...

I have always been fascinated by lighthouses, so I would like to recommend The ultimate book of lighthouses : history, legend, lore, design, technology, romance by Samuel Willard. It has beautiful photos of lighthouses from all over the world. Two of my favourite authors have written books which focus on lighthouses - To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf and Lighthouse Keeping by Jeanette Winterson. Both are beautifully written and evoke a strong sense of atmosphere, family, love and loss. For something a bit 'lighter', try the Round the Twist series of books by Paul Jennings, although written for kids they are a good read - heaps of fun and set in a lighthouse.

ELW said...

If you want some VERY light reading, try 'LA Candy' by Lauren Conrad. I needed some light reading in between uni work so I chose this. However whilst it was interesting as it is supposedly based on the characters on the cable show 'The Hills' it was a little too light for me. Still a good read if you're looking for something quick and simple.

MariaG said...

How enLightening. Just downloaded an audio book on to my MP3 player and am impressed. The book was “She may not leave” by Fay Weldon. Not an author I usually read, I was just curious to see if I’d like it. And I did!!! The twist at the end was so unexpected. I am going to try something else I don’t normally read and see how that goes.

inkypinky said...

I too have been trying to read books of a genre I wouldnt normally read. And I agree, it is most enLIGHTening when you realise you have missed a whole range of genres. I have just finished "the last song" by Nicholas Sparks, thinking it would be light reading for commuting. Was I wrong!!! I couldnt put the book down and finished it in less than a week. Nicholas has a talent for being able to combine a good story with a real human element that we can all relate to.

Kylie said...

For some LIGHT reading, I decided to read the tomorrow series. These books were amazing; they kept me hooked from beginning to end. I could not read fast enough to find out what would happen next. I am going to start reading the Ellie Chronicles, life after the war. Though, I have heard good and bad reviews about the Ellie Chronicles. Anyone read them??

Let’s hope the movie is not disappointing!!

Starfire said...

Some good light reading is Junior Fiction. It lets me keeping touch with the kiddies and some of it really good!!! It's great for lunch breaks and reading on the train because they're not heavy and they fit in my bag! Matty Forver by Elizabeth Fensham was my favourite Book Week nominee. I also love the Jeff Stone, The 5 Ancestors series.

Josie said...

What is the opposite of Light, Dark! I have just finished Robin Cooks new book "Cure". It was brilliant. Cook writes a medical thriller with so many twists and turns that the reader has no idea what is coming next

Julie said...

Inspired by this club I decided to read HALO by Alexandra Adornetto - it is a Young Adult read but I work in a secondary school library so I like to read what comes in. This book is a very light read and is the first in its series. The story follows the plight of 3 angels that are sent to earth to overturn the evil that is creeping into a beachside town, they don't know exactly where it is going to turn up but their human like experiences are not what they expected.

Orrin said...

Read Alchemist for the second time and have seen the light. Every so often along comes a great book, that lives up to the hype, 'The Alchemist' is one of them. All books radiate ideas, and we use lenses to focus on our lives thus far. The best books however, lead you to introspection. Not the brooding dark contemplative kind, but the light heart and soul searching kind.

A small book with big ideas, a must read. An attempt to summarize the book would belittle it.
So what are you waiting for, go read it...

ginsengaddict said...

I am not much of a reading person, but I have read the Chronicles of Narnia as a child. Of particular interest is the Silver Chair, a book in which the king's son has been taken hostage and placed in the eponymous chair, which causes his to be brainwashed for 23 hours a day, and sane for only one. It appears that he is a raving lunatic for that hour, and only when the heroes of the book realize otherwise (see the light) do they free him and escape.

elw said...

@kylie, I was a fan of the Tomorrow series and decided to read the first of the Ellie Chronicles. I must admit I didn't even finish it! It just didn't hold my interest like the tomorrow series. I have heard of other people not being a fan either. Not sure if I'll go and see the movie.... it would be good to hear back on this blog if anyone enjoys the movie.

amylou said...

Kylie and ELW- I saw the movie, and I was quite surprised that I actually enjoyed it. I thought Stuart Beattie paid tribute to the book well, even though it wasn't as good as the book. But at least that was acknowledged- there is one point where Corrie is reading My Brilliant Career, and says it's better than the movie. Ellie responds with 'they usually are!'

The one thing I really didn't like about the movie was all the soapy moments the characters had, staring off into the distance and pretending to think deep and meaningful thoughts.

So overall I liked it, but not as much as the book.