October 2015 Quick Reviews

Earlier this year I increased my goal from my usual 52 books a year, to 64 books. Maybe I will have to up it again, as I am only one book away from hitting the 64 goal.

I’ve also been prioritizing reading more fiction, and I am enjoying that very much. More regular visits to the library has helped me read more widely. I have a big problem of scanning the library shelves and going “ooh, that one looks good, and that one, and that one”. Probably a good thing they only let you take out 12 at a time.

Lately crocheting has helped me keep my sanity, and I’ve retaught myself to knit (learnt as a kid, but it never clicked for me the way crocheting did). This means I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks, I greatly recommend Craft Lit that features audiobooks from Librivox (books in the public domain recorded by volunteers), with commentary from Heather Ordover.


leaving timeLeaving Time by Jodi Picoult (currently $5.10 on Kindle): Must admit I was disappointed by this – and I’ve loved everything else by Jodi Picoult. I thorougly enjoyed the majority of the story, but the ending… I won’t give it away, but let’s just say unless you really enjoy woo-woo stuff, you probably won’t like it either. It took my rating for the book from 4 stars to 2.

overcoming arthritisOvercoming Arthritis: The Complete Complementary Health Program by Dr Sarah Brewer: Good overview of how different forms of complementary treatment (such as physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, etc.) can help with arthritis. Also goes into what herbal and vitamin supplements can be helpful. It’s a good starting point, but I would dig further into each treatment before proceeding.

pride and prejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: This is the first book featured on Craft Lit, and while I had read it before, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it with the added commentary. Even if you’ve read this classic before I highly recommend checking it out in this format.

All Along This Was Supposed to Happen by Curtis Sittenfeld: An enjoyable novella about Obama’s inauguration. I listened to the audio version on the Slate Book Club Podcast.

call the midwifeCall the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth: I loved the BBC show based on these memoirs, and the memoir had been on my to-read list for a long time. It was so enjoyable, although it truly highlights just how much things have changed since the 1950s, but also how the 1950s was a time of incredible change and progress.

beauty and the beastBeauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont: The original French fairy tale, which surprisingly I hadn’t read before. I listened to the audio on Craft Lit and it was very enjoyable.

digestive health with real foodDigestive Health with Real Food by Aglaee Jacob MS RD: The most thorough description and investigation of the digestive system, how it can be affected and how it in turn affects our health. Highly recommended to anyone dealing with any kind of health issues, or for those who just want a better understanding of their digestive health.

the legend of sleepy hollowThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: The famous novella behind several films (I really enjoyed the Johnny Depp version). Another story I enjoyed through Craft Lit – one of my favourite things about the show is the commentary and additional details that Heather Ordover provides.

money saving mom's guide to freezer cookingMoney Saving Mom’s Guide to Freezer Cooking by Crystal Paine: A decent introduction covering the basics of freezer cooking, although none of the recipes are suitable for my dietary requirements.

crochet one skein wondersCrochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World by Judith Durant and Edie Eckman: Gorgeous collection of crochet projects that only take one skein each. I really liked the way the projects are divided by yarn weight – makes it easy to find just the right project for your leftover yarn.

and the mountains echoedAnd The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (currently $4.58 on Kindle): I really enjoyed the slower pace of And The Mountains Echoed. It covers the entangled story of a family from the 1950’s until modern day. A family that is torn apart, and struggle to bit by bit figure out what pieces are missing – and how they could fit back together. Highly recommended.

a user's manual for the human experienceA User’s Manual for the Human Experience by Michael W Dean: I listened to the Podiobook version for free. There were bits of it that I really liked – especially in the first half, and then there were bits that I couldn’t disagree more with. Thought-provoking either way.

As always, I’m linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy.

What have you been reading lately?
As always I invite you to find me and connect with me on Goodreads.


  1. I loved the book and TV series of Call the Midwife — I’ve only read one of the books & seen 3 seasons of the show, so will have to catch up on both. I’m glad to be reminded of Hosseini’s book, too; I’ve read The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, but haven’t got to this one yet. Thanks for sharing all your interesting reading — quite a variety.


    • Hi Jeannie – I really enjoyed the TV series as well. Got the second book in the series home now so will look forward to digging into that.
      Both The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns were excellent as well 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Thanks for the recommendations! I read the Midwife book (three of them at my library) earlier this year, and found it incredibly interesting! I want to read that Khaled Hosseini book.


    • Yes I remember you posting about them. I found the second book cheaply at a charity shop, so look forward to digging into it.
      I really think you’d enjoy the Khaled Hosseini book, I assume you’ve already read his two previous ones, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns?


      • Yes, I have, and I enjoyed both!



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