Sunday, 30 May 2010

Tea and...


This picture more or less sums up my afternoon!

And, thinking about it, it's not far off summing up my taste in novels. That's not quite true, let me rephrase - it sums up part of my taste of novels, because it comes in two very distinct categories. I like the quirky and surreal, and also the domestic and unthreatening. I especially love it when these coalesce in Barbara Comyns... more on her later in the week, of course. But this photo - well, its atmosphere, and the way it makes me feel : that's what I'm often after in books.

So, this is my challenge to those of you who have blogs: can you post a picture which sums up your reading taste, or a section of it? I'm looking for a picture which doesn't include a book in it, or a character from an adaptation, or anything like that. It can be a photograph you've taken, or a painting you've seen, or anything... have fun with it!

I'd love anyone and everyone to have a go, but I'm going to 'tag' a few people to start the ball rolling...

  1. Becca (Oxford Reader) - whose camera took that very photo!
  2. Claire (The Captive Reader)
  3. Claire (Paperback Reader)
  4. Claire (Kiss A Cloud)
  5. Karen (Cornflower)
  6. Nicola (Vintage Reads)
  7. Polly (Novel Insights)
  8. Rachel (Book Snob)
  9. Simon (Savidge Reads)
  10. Thomas (My Porch)

35 comments:

  1. Oh goodness gracious! This is a hard task Mr Thomas, but probably a good one to get me into blogging again. I love the way you've used the photo too .... t'was a fantastic afternoon!

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  2. Thought it would be fun to meet this challenge: http://thebluecabin.blogspot.com/2010/05/in-response-to-stuck-in-book.html
    M

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  3. A picture which doesn't include a book! Oh dear, time to go a hunting.

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  4. That sounds like a wonderful way to spend a holiday afternoon.

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  5. This sounds like a lot of fun. It will take me a little bit to think about this one.

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  6. http://moonmemorymuchness.blogspot.com/2010/05/cartoons-and-cubism.html

    I'd say Lyonel Feininger's art relates to my reading tastes across the board, but this is my favorite by far. Thanks for the challenge -- how intriguing on a lazy Sunday evening!

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  7. What a wonderful idea - I think I shall have to give it some thought.

    I MUST go and investigate Jane's teas...

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  8. What an interesting challenge! I'll see what I can do.

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  9. Here you go Simon.

    http://morganas-cat.tumblr.com/post/649360812/tastefully-done

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  10. I think I have come up with mine... all shall be revealed next weekend!

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  11. That table looks so inviting but perilously close to the edge of that stream!

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  12. There is a chap called Philipp Kinger who has some wonderful shots on Flickr. This one, called "Lost in the Fog II", reflects my love of mystery novels. It is also fitting because I read to try and find a way through the fog of life.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcdead/3138026213/in/set-72157603497950624/

    It does look a bit sad. Hopefully I'm not quite as glum as this might suggest!

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  13. Here's mine and what an interesting way to think about reading.

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  14. What an interesting challenge, I shall have a think....

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  15. love this idea Simon, my picture is here http://desperatereader.blogspot.com

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  16. I'd say every picture on my blog encompasses my tastes and fancies.

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  17. What a lovely challenge! Even though not Tagged, I intend to do a blog post on this subject. Dangerous to look at your blog...found I just HAD to buy Michael Faulkner's The Blue Cabin...

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  18. Done! (http://www.cornflowerbooks.co.uk/2010/06/the-gate-to-the-isles.html)

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  19. There - I've answered your challenge by compiling a lifetime list of "My Ten Best Places to Read," with pictures!

    http://lightbrightandsparkling.blogspot.com/

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  20. I LOVE that that photo reflects your reading taste to a T! The table so near the edge..

    I had so much fun doing this challenge, Simon! Here's what I came up with. :)

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  21. Your wish is my command!

    http://bookssnob.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/in-celebration-of-the-everyday/

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  22. wonderful idea i ll post mine tomorrow ,all the best stu

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  23. Here's mine: http://harrietdevine.typepad.com/harriet_devines_blog/2010/06/simons-challenge.html

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  24. Oh great fun - I have posted mine here: http://abookishspace.blogspot.com/2010/06/meme.html

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  25. Hello Simon - I have had such fun thinking about this and here's mine: http://hannahstoneham.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-book-taste-picture.html

    Thank you for a splendid challenge!

    Hannah

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  26. Thank you for such an interesting challenge and thanks to Hannah for helping me know about this! :)

    Here's my post: http://atpemberley.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-reading-taste.html

    Thank you again!

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  27. Here's my contribution:

    http://off-at-a-tangent.blogspot.com/2010/06/book-tasting.html

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  28. That table looks so inviting but perilously close to the edge of that stream! Media Books

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  29. Thanks for posting this - it really got me thinking. I like this challenge! (Thanks to Kals@Pemberly that I know about it!)

    Here's mine :)

    http://mentalfoodie.blogspot.com/2010/06/your-reading-taste.html

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  30. I took a tiny (miniscule) liberty with bookish decoration -it fit in so well with another planned post, summed up my tastes perfectly, retaking it wasn't an option- but have summed up my tastes:

    http://www.paperback-reader.co.uk/2010/06/12/books-and-chocolate/

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  31. It took me a while, but I finally found an idea that worked.

    http://stuck-in-a-book.blogspot.com/2010/05/tea-and.html

    Thanks, this was fun challenge.

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  32. Here's mine. :) Awesome challenge.

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  33. posted a picture of how I view the perfect place for reading...

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  34. I saw this on Jillians blog, here is mine.

    http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2010/06/if-reading-was-image-this-is-mine.html

    This was an interesting challenge.

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