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 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 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 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.
Call 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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?
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