While most people prefer to spend their summer holidays reading something light, I decided to tackle one of the larger books on my ‘to read’ pile: Purity by Jonathan Franzen.
Those familiar with my blog will know it is quite impossible for me to pick only one favourite book. I have my top 4, in no particular order, and then a bunch of other books worthy of being in the top 5 that can chop and change depending on my mood. But if someone was to force me to pick just one book as my favourite, it would be Franzen’s Freedom, so when Purity was released I snapped it up with glee and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to sink time into it. My week-long trip to Perth seemed like the perfect time to see whether Franzen still holds up for me. A long flight + time to relax = perfect reading conditions.
I have been a Very Bad Blogger so far this year (hence the new theme – time for a blog refresh), but I have been reading like a woman possessed. Earlier this year, due to a bit of a health scare, I decided to defer my studies for 2015 and spend a year just focusing on work and on myself. I’m absolutely intending to complete my current studies and go on to do my PhD, but for now it is me time. It’s been so nice to read simply for pleasure! I’ve taken the opportunity to smash the reading challenge I had set for myself, and so far have read the following:
Last Wednesday night I had the experience of hearing one of my favourite Australian authors, Kate Grenville, speaking about her new non-fiction book, One Life: My Mother’s Story, at the Coventry Library in Stirling thanks to Matilda Bookshop. The book is basically about her mother’s life from her birth in 1912, through her time working as a pharmacist and her marriage to a solicitor, in a time when women rarely started their own businesses or worked in pharmacy while trying to raise three children.
I always find these quite interesting 🙂 The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.
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I have been a Very Bad Blogger in 2014, but an excellent reader. I aimed to have read 30 books this year and have managed to read 33 so far, with a few days of the year left, so I’m happy with that, but humbly apologise for neglecting this blog so badly. I really have no decent excuse. This has meant that I have read a number of books that haven’t been reviewed on this blog yet. I do hope to rectify this in 2015 and turn into a Slightly Better Blogger. Anyway, it’s now time to reflect on my reads over the last 12 months and provide my opinions, because I can!
After recently reviewing some nonfiction I didn’t really enjoy, I was looking forward to having a quick fictional novel to review, and found that in Family Tree: The Novel by Andrea Carr. At only 86 pages and so more like a novella, I was happy to pick this one up and give it a go. Unfortunately, the length was probably one of the best things about this book.
Love and the Mystery of Betrayal by Sandra Lee Dennis is a nonfiction book which takes a close look at the author’s own experiences following a deep betrayal of trust within a relationship. It combines her telling of her own experiences and hardships with research into psychological reactions and a range of spiritual insights.