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Recent Reading: November 2018- March 2019

A bit overdue, as I try to do one of these every quarter, but better late than never!

I’ve been reading rather a lot and I’m reading books in tandem too. I find this works for me as I can have one book in my bag, one or two at my bedside and one downstairs. Tandem reading is also good if you are finding a book hard going and maybe you need some light relief…

Without further ado, here’s what I read over the past few months;

reading for research and wellbeing

Read since November

  1. The Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern. I’m so late to the party with this one but I loved it. Truly magical and it’s finally being made into a film.
  2. Captain Fantastic: Elton John’s Stellar Trip Through the ’70s- Tom Doyle. My love for Elton grows ever larger. This book charts his determination to achieve his goals and the pitfalls and obstacles on the way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. An access all areas look at Elton’s life in the seventies. It ends in 1980, and it really left me wanting more. I can’t wait for the film Rocketman to come out this year! See the trailer here.
  3. The Heart Goes Last- Margaret Atwood. I’m embarrassed to say this is my first Atwood book. It’s very original, expertly written and full of dark, dystopian, but comedic moments. I found the characters tricky to like, but I think that was partly the aim of this story.
  4. The Miniaturist-Jessie Burton. This unfolded slowly but splendidly. It was so much more than I expected, which was ghostly historic fiction. It really isn’t that at all, but a feminist tale of secrets, money and sexuality. I’m desperate to watch the BBC adaptation of it now.
  5. The Good Menopause Guide– Liz Earle. I’ve read a few books on this topic, and perimenopause, sadly this one felt like it only touched the surface although there were a couple of great recipes in there.

Currently Reading

  1. The Joy of Missing Out: The Art of Self-Restraint in an Age of Excess- Svend Brinkmann. I was sent this book from the publishing company and although I started it a couple of months ago, I’ve reached the mid-point and it’s become a bit dry. I shall continue and update you when I’ve finished.
  2. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work- Mason Currey. Really loving this, it’s one I keep in my handbag as its broken up into digestible chunks of famous creatives and how they get their work done.
  3. The New Astrology- Suzanne White. An interest I’ve had for years, but also great for creating characters for fiction!
  4. The Left Hand of Darkness- Ursula K. Le Guin. I struggled with the first twenty pages or so with this one but have pushed through and am now enjoying it. A groundbreaking take on gender and politics.
  5. The Art of Fiction: Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts- David Lodge. I picked this up in my local GreenHouse Books in Cheadle. The small chapters make it easy to learn something useful each time I dip into it.
  6. Secrets of the Universe in 100 Symbols- Sarah Bartlett. This is a library loan and if full of interesting stories related to symbols and signs we are surrounded by every day. It’s a great starting point for research into this subject (a bit Indiana Jones) but doesn’t go into a huge amount of depth.

What are you reading at the moment?


6 responses to “Recent Reading: November 2018- March 2019”

  1. I love that you are reading a few books at once! I do the same! I am reading – the confidence project and start with why, would recommend both xx


    1. I’ve heard of both of those, thanks for the recommendations!


  2. I haven’t heard of the books you mention. Secrets of the Universe in 100 Symbols sounds intriguing, I’m going to have a look. I’ve recently read some books (this month and last month) that I think you might enjoy as well: Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, and 1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke. At least the last one is just as hilarious as the name suggests and is non-fiction.


    1. Eleanor Oliphant is on my reading pile!


  3. Hi susie! I’m all about the audiobooks I have an audible subscription! I am currently going old school and listening to the valley of the dolls narrated by laverne cox, but I also just listened to the busy Phillips book and I’m always half way through business books too! Xxx


    1. I’ve just borrowed a couple of audiobooks from my library!


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