Thursday, November 05, 2015
A bumper reading month
I had a great reading month in October. I suppose there's got to be an upside to the heatwave and not wanting to move my body one little bit.
I have 16 books to read to reach my goal of 70 for the year. 8 a month is a lot, even for me, but I think I'll make it if I get this exam done first time around :)
And if I don't faff around on Instagram. I deleted Facebook from my phone already so things are looking up.
I also made some rules for myself which I wrote on my "mouse pad". Let me tell you about this mouse pad - it's a pad of writing paper. Some of you are asking, "who even has writing paper?" That would be me. When I was Konmari-ing, I found three pads. Lovely stuff that sparks joy so I'm keeping but using them.
I wrote some letters (real letters!) to two friends (one Insta-friend) with some, and this one writing pad is my mouse pad, so I write myself notes on the paper.
Back to the rules: study 30 minutes a day, first blog, then read blogs, Instagram daily (on my Organising Queen account.
Back to the quick book review:
1. Three amazing things about you
Lovely book - a solid 4 but still not as enjoyable (for me) as other Jill Mansell books have been.
2. Tangled lives - Hilary Boyd
I LOVED this book. This author reminds me of Joanna Trollope. If you don't know who Joanna Trollope is, she writes amazing British fiction but the best thing about her is how well she notices relationship nuances.
So this author has got that same thing going. This really was a great book. I sat myself down for most of a Sat or Sun and didn't move for about 4 hours and only then, because the kids wanted food.
3. The woman next door - Barbara Delinsky
Same as the one I read from this author last month. Nice enough (3) but don't go out of your way to get these books.
4. I know how she does it - Laura vanderkam
Jeanette, you should read this and we can do lunch to dissect it :)
I read this woman's blog. I don't like some of what she says generally but I stay subscribed because it always challenges my thinking.
I liked one thing very much about this book and others really annoyed me (the income thing, for one!), but I'm going to write a few posts on the Organising Queen blog so keep your eyes out for that.
5. One Summer - David Baldacci
I actually love David Baldacci's other writing - proper thriller/ crime-type things and normally I'd be annoyed and say "stick with what you're good at" until I read Big Magic.She says something really interesting in there which is that artists should write anything they want without being scared that it won't be good. Normally the ones who wait for the brilliance only end up tortured and creatively stifled, etc. So for that reason I say, good on you, David Baldacci, but I really still like your other stuff best ;)
6. Summer of love - Katie Fforde
This is the opposite story as the one above. I normally don't like Katie Fforde's books very much but this one I really liked a lot.
It got 3 stars from me; I would have given 4 if the main character didn't annoy me in places.
Cat, I saw you didn't like this one :)
7. Big Magic - Liz Gilbert
This book was SOOO good on so many levels.
First of all, I love this lady's voice (I bought the audible version) and I love her podcast, and I super love her creative bend coupled with such practicality.
I really think everyone should buy/ listen to it. It's not just for creatives although more so for them.
Are we not all creatives? I decided while listening that while I've resisted the adjective of creative for many years now (it always comes up as a strength in my psychometric tests) because it seemed too airy-fairy for me, I actually am creative. Her kind of "work hard and you may get those moments of Big Magic happening. Work hard anyway" does it for me.
Reminded me of photography where I spend 20 minutes taking pics of things and when I'm editing I see 2 - 3 that catch my breath, and I think, "wow, was that me?" (those are my moments of Big Magic)
Fun fact - Eat Pray Love was her 4th published novel; the others were all picked up by proper publishing houses too but that one was the one that seemed to resonate with millions of people. I loved the book but apparently people don't all love it. Why are some people so judgmental about her journey to the 3 countries? I've read that she is a navel-gazing, selfish woman. My word - if you've got the money and you're not abandoning your responsibilities to go and do your thing, then I'm all for self-exploration and healing.
Um, I didn't mean to gush about Big Magic. Anyway, get it :) and listen to it in the car. You will love the audible version.
What have you been reading lately? Or listening to?
Of course, I've been listening to Roisin Ingle's podcast - all the time!