The Happy Reader Issue No 3.
In the Summer 2015 issue of ‘The Happy Reader’ we catch up with the actor, comedian and newly published author Aziz Ansari. I love Aziz Ansari and after reading this interview, I’m even more excited about getting my hands on a copy of his book ‘Modern Romance’ but as enjoyable as it is reading about his reading habits (a dangerous addiction to the website Reddit) it was perhaps the second part of the magazine that captivated me most. Reading about Corsica, which is the setting for the seasonal book choice of ‘Granite Island: A Portrait of Corsica’ by Dorothy Carrington. Learning about his picturesque place was really interesting but the story that captivated me the most was ‘Being a Shepherd’ an article written by Oscar Rickett and follows the story of Erwyd Howells, a freelance shepherd, who leads a very simple and humble life. There was something about his story that really resonated with me. In the modern age where everyone demands results straightaway, where we are surrounded by material objects and technology it’s easy to lose a taste for the more simple things in life. Even love. When Erwyd talks about his late wife, it was enough to bring a tear to my eye. It’s one of those rare stories that seems so beautiful and perfectly told that you appreciate the written word and those who write them so much more. Thank goodness for you Penguin Classics, and your wonderful seasonal magazine ‘The Happy Reader’.
Until next time, my lovely followers, happy reading.
Sorry it’s been a little quiet on here but believe it or not it’s because I have been busy reading! Followers of the blog will know that I was having something of a dilemma as I was doing a car share to get to work which was cutting into my precious reading time. Fortunately work required me to be in earlier than the car share was allowing so I have been having to commute on the train once more, so I have had plenty of time to kill. And by kill I mean fill with the joy of wonderful reading.
I had stockpiled a large of amount of reading material and decided that now would be the perfect time to get started, which is why a few weekends ago I cracked open Issue No1 of The Happy Reader. A seasonal magazine for book lovers.
Each issue sees a ‘notable book fanatic’ being interviewed about the books they’ve read, loved, rated and hated. This issue was the turn of Dan Stevens. I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this on the blog before but I have always been, and always will be, a fan of the period drama. Dan Stevens will be most known to the fans of Downton Abbey amongst you, whose portrayal of Matthew Crawley had us swooning, sighing and crying in equal measure. In this interview he reveals his passion for reading and writing, it bounces off the page with genuine excitement, after suggesting some books to read over the Winter months (I did tell you I had something of backlog) the second part of the magazine selects a book and looks at various aspects of it. This time round it was the Victorian classic ‘The Woman in White’ by Wilkie Collins, which I have added to my ‘To Be Read’ list. The whole thing is contained in a wonderful little package containing stunning photos and little notes in the side margins. At an incredibly fair £3 this is the perfect seasonal read. I should also add that at the end of the issue they reveal the book for the following season, in Spring 2015 it’s ‘The Book of Tea’ by Kakuzo Okakuro.
In my opinion any magazine that manages to encapsulate the true passion of a book lover, lots of book recommendations that you may NEVER have considered or heard of, as well as insights into specially selected books is a complete win, win in my opinion. Hurrah to Penguin Classics for once again leading the way in literary beauty. Here’s to the rest of the Seasons.
Happy reading you lovely people.