Reading Rebecca

An open book laid on the bed ("Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier).

It’s stating the obvious to say we spend far too much time in front of screens these days.  I recently rediscovered the joy of good old paper and ink and have been dedicating time during early nights, lazy weekends, and dull train journeys to reading (although admittedly I’ve also downloaded some classic fiction to my new iPad).

On Friday I turn 27 and will be celebrating in Cornwall with the boy, so I thought it’d be fun to read a book by a Cornish author before we go.  I just cracked the spine on “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier (of course the title makes my choice extra-appropriate) and though I often find myself disappointed by must-read books I’m absolutely besotted with this one.  Have you read it?  I just joined Goodreads so if you’re on there please come and befriend me!

I hope you all had fun weekends.  I waved ‘bye to summer with a final outdoor drinking session, went to the Paralympic games (after obtaining last-minute tickets via a friend), and now it’s time for dinner with the boy’s family, plus a poke around their new house.  Good times.

p.s. As you will hopefully have noticed I’ve given the blog a bit of a facelift, I do hope you like it!

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  • Chiara [chiaweb]

    yes I’ve noticed! I really like the header and your new profile pic :)

    Regarding travelling I try to do the same: reading a book about the place where I’m going to is something that I really like. Or if I can’t do it before, I try doing it when I’m back home!

  • The Style Box

    Love the blog facelift!

    I’m a sucker for books, our lounge has 3 enormous book shelves that are overflowing and the ratio of books to DVDs we own must be about 5:1!

    I joined Goodreads in January so I could set myself a target of 25 books to read this year and it’s really working. I’ve never been so motivated! I’m currently one book ahead which is nice so I’ll pop along and add you as a friend now :)

  • Kiki

    I love reading. Sure, I spend a lot of time in front of the screen, but there’s honestly nothing better than crawling under the duvet with a cup of cocoa and a good book. :)

  • Bobbi

    This is one of my top favorite books…I read every three years or so. Not to derail your noble efforts to cut down on tv or anything but after you’ve finished the book I highly suggest watching a very specific movie version. I can’t remember the name of the actress who plays Rebecca but Diana Rigg plays a very sinister Mrs. Danvers.

  • notsopoisonousivy

    As much a convenient the kindle and ipads are for reading, it doesn’t beat the good old classic book. I love reading and currently have my teeth in the dark hunter novels and will be adding this one to my book list.


  • Anna

    Love the new design… I’ve also been reading lots and lots- I’ve got through about twenty books in two weeks and I realised I really missed reading so my internet activity has been completely neglected.

    Makes me crap at replying to emaisl though which isn’t so good!

    Have a lovely birthday trip xx

  • Lola

    I am constantly feeling bad about spending way too much time on laptop/in front of tv, sometimes I’m just wasting time on twitter. This year I’ve made more of an effort as well, on my 11th book of the year :) I started Rebecca but never finished it (feeling bad about this habit too!!) Right now I’m revisiting my childhood and re-reading Philip Pullman’s his dark materials. p.s. loves the new look! XX

  • Ria

    I’ ve got a GoodReads book target I’ve got to hit by New Year, it’s definitely helped me become more motivated to read more. Commuting’s also helped too, trains can be surprisingly relaxing places to read.
    Definitely loving the new design btw, the header’s very swish :) xxo

  • Sarah

    Enjoy your birthday! I’ve not read Rebecca but I do enjoy Daphne du Maurier. And I also really enjoy cracking spines as I read books.. Chris will not do that and hates it when I do!

    Very chic new header.

  • winnie

    Oh I totally know what you mean about cracking the spine on a book. I love it when this happens because it’s a sign of a well – read book! Your blog is looking gorgeous.

  • A Girl, A Style

    What a lovely post Becky! I absolutely treasure having time to read books, but I too find I get too drawn into my computer for much of my spare time so have to consciously make the effort to carve out time at bedtime and on weekends to read an actual book. And Rebecca is such a great choice (do look up Hitchcock’s movie version too when you’ve finished).

    Briony xx