A somewhat lighter month, but with lots of skimming of books on topics that interest me: happiness, nature, mental health and self-help. The set of books that I’m currently reading is absolutely fantastic. (As usual, I’ve added in star ratings and links to Goodreads reviews where I haven’t already featured the books on the blog in some way.)
LIBRARY BOOKS READ
- Silence in the Snowy Fields by Robert Bly [poetry]
- The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley
- Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
- A Light Song of Light by Kei Miller [poetry]
- The Happy Brain: The Science of Where Happiness Comes From, and Why by Dean Burnett
- The Nature of Winter by Jim Crumley
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
- Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life by Samantha Ellis
- Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions, Johann Hari
- The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles that Reveal how to Make Your Life Better (And Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin
- Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family by Garrard Conley
- Faces in the Water by Janet Frame
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- Absent in the Spring by “Mary Westmacott” (aka Agatha Christie)
- To Obama: With love, joy, hate and despair by Jeanne Marie Laskas
CHECKED OUT, TO BE READ
- Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot [poetry]
- Injury Time by Clive James [poetry]
- Taking the Arrow out of the Heart by Alice Walker [poetry]
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Along with the rest of a new batch of university library books:
- An Angel at My Table by Janet Frame
- A Pocket Mirror by Janet Frame
- Becoming a Man by Paul Monette
IN THE RESERVATION QUEUE
- Seven Signs of Life: Stories from an Intensive Care Doctor by Aoife Abbey
- Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-wage Britain by James Bloodworth
- 21st-Century Yokel by Tom Cox
- Everybody Died, So I Got a Dog by Emily Dean
- Murmur by Will Eaves
- Also Human: The Inner Lives of Doctors by Caroline Elton
- Dream Sequence by Adam Foulds
- Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World by Lyndall Gordon
- The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison
- Lost and Found: Memory, Identity, and Who We Become when We’re No Longer Ourselves by Jules Montague
- Lanny by Max Porter
- The World I Fell Out Of by Melanie Reid
- The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken
- Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith
- The Face Pressed against a Window: A Memoir by Tim Waterstone
- Louis & Louise by Julie Cohen – The prose is fine – easy to read, but nothing special. Though Cohen says she was inspired by Alderman’s The Power and Woolf’s Orlando, I don’t have faith that significant points will be made about gender identity.
- The Binding by Bridget Collins – I didn’t even make it through the first chapter. I was getting Diane Setterfield-lite vibes, but couldn’t imagine reading 400 pages of this.
- Orchid Summer: In Search of the Wildest Flowers of the British Isles by John Dunn –The writing is great; no question about that. But the book is so dense: so many words on a page, in such small type. Unless you’re a botany nut, I wouldn’t recommend it.
- Milkshakes and Morphine: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Genevieve Fox – Fox has some amusing turns of phrase when talking about her throat cancer and treatment, but this is way too long at over 370 pages of small print.
- Daphne by Will Boast – I liked the voice in the first couple of pages and will definitely get this back out at another time.
- The Way of the Hare by Marianne Taylor – This felt more detailed and technical than I was looking for in a species overview.
What have you been reading from your local libraries? Does anything appeal from my stacks?
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