Now I am 40

Now I am 40

I can get wishful for my youth

Now I am 40

I can go oh and eh when I stand once in a while

Now I am 40

I can say it wasn’t like that in my day

now I am 40

I can happily buy clothes at m&s

now I am 40

I can say what is that noise

now I am 40

I can admit I not read every book I want to

now I am 40

my life begins

now I am 40

I cansay its the new 30

now I am 40

I may listen to what people say .

As you see I turned 40 yesterday ,I want to try and find the serious books I may have missed those gems of literature that have passed me by can you help  what can you suggest because

now I am 40

I can ask for help with books

 

48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Genni
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 21:11:06

    Happy Birthday!
    My suggestions: anything by Damon Galgut.

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  2. JoV
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 21:31:59

    Happy Birthday! 40 is the new 30 indeed.
    It’s the decade to read everything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and / or Milan Kundera.

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  3. Kinna
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 21:43:59

    Imagine I get back online after quite an absence to find out that it’s your birthday! Happy Birthday Stu! All the best. Recommended an obscure Italian author: Bufalino. Plus Alejo Carpentier, Clarice Lispector.

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  4. gaskella
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 21:46:47

    Happy Birthday Stu! I would encourage you to keep reading whatever you want to, but if you can squeeze a Beryl Bainbridge in that would be great (she’s my current fave, as you’ve seen)🙂

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  5. parrish
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 21:53:46

    Now that you’re 40
    You can say sod all, that is serious
    & cultivate the absurd
    Now that you are 40
    What once thought,mysterious
    Is now ” just away with the birds”
    Now that you’re 40

    You can prepare for the slump
    Where once you were naughty
    Now just an old grump
    But now that you’re 4 0
    The corner barstool’s yours
    & annoy all those not 40
    Those unlived in bores

    With anecdotes & wisdom
    and a pile of crap jokes
    That they all have to listen to
    Now you’re a 40yr old bloke
    Cos now that you’re 40
    It’s a steep downhill slide
    and that you’re 40
    You might as well enjoy the ride.

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  6. amanda
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 22:11:17

    Happy birthday, Stu!

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  7. Penny
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 23:20:34

    Happy Birthday ! Enjoy all the best of your fortieth year. Forty is the get-fit decade after the Catch Up Thirties. That’s so you don’t keel over at 52 with a broken mast. Once you get on a treadmill, read.

    Danny Aiello did not start acting until he was 40. Kenneth Graeme published Wind in the Willows at 49. Iconic comedian Rodney Dangerfield didn’t start stand-up until he was 42. David Mamet directed his first feature film at 40. And then there’s Jonah Barrington…

    So don’t feel old — that feeling comes when your teenager or your friends’ teenagers indicate to you that they have a whole new world beyond yours, a world full of things & music & ideas & attitudes of which you were totally and I mean totally oblivious.

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  8. Heather
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 02:17:21

    Happy birthday Stu.

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  9. Rise
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 02:39:42

    Stu, happy happy birthday! I think the gems of literature will find you.

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  10. Mel u
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 05:22:15

    Stu-happy birthday!

    I wish I could even remember when I was 40!

    oh by the way, Irish Short Story Week Year II is extended until March 31!

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  11. Caroline
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 06:16:18

    Happy Birthday Stu.
    Giorgio Bassani – would be my suggestion, if you haven’t read him yet. If you have – Cesare Pavese.

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  12. Robert Burdock (@RobAroundBooks)
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 07:41:33

    Ha….I remember getting all reflective when I turned 40, too🙂

    Best of luck in your new start of life.
    Rob

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  13. maryom
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 08:04:09

    Happy Birthday! Trying to remember what I was reading at that age – mainly Guess How Much I Love You and Peepo to my baby, I think.

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  14. Nana Fredua-Agyeman
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 09:19:47

    Happy birthday Stu. We never get younger

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  15. The Book Whisperer
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 10:07:29

    Happy Birthday Stu! Welcome to the 40’s club (I’m 5 months before you as you know :))

    I say: do what you want, say what you want and READ WHATEVER THE HELL YOU PLEASE🙂

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  16. Geosi
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 11:58:57

    Hapi, birthday stu.

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  17. amymckie
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 12:11:31

    Happy birthday Stu🙂 I will have to think about what I might recommend for you to read!

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  18. Jackie Bailey (@farmlanebooks)
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 20:13:15

    Happy Birthday! I’m sure that you have a large enough TBR pile as it is, but as I’m only 33 I don’t think I’m qualified to recommend books to a 40-year-old😉 I’m going to bathe in your wisdom and demand recommendations from you!

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  19. kimbofo
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 22:36:19

    Happy birthday, Stu. Welcome to your 40s! I’ve got a couple of years on you.

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  20. aartichapati
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 23:39:04

    Happy belated birthday, Stu! I hope it was great🙂 My birthday is coming up on Saturday- yay, March!

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  21. Emily Jane
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 05:01:06

    Happy belated birthday, Stu🙂 May good books continue to come your way!

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  22. Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 16:51:36

    Stu,
    Darn!! I missed your birthday! So I send belated congratulations. This may be counterintuitive, but for me, each decade has been better and better than the one before. May the same be true for you.

    I was enchanted by your poem,

    Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)

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  23. Sarah
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 21:29:48

    How did I miss this post?! Better late than never to add my belated congratulations.

    Love your poem, Stu. Witty and wry and positive, and a great anthem for all of us who are forty plus!

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  24. Vishy
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 05:37:58

    I can’t believe I missed your birthday, Stu! Belated Happy Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day filled with cakes and sweets, parties and presents and lots of joy and fun!

    Reply

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