Reading 2018

December 2017

Elizabeth Is Missing - Emma Healey

This is not the type of book I'd generally read, but I picked it up at the charity shop and by the time I'd realised it was about a woman, Maud, suffering from dementia, I was already enjoying it. Elizabeth is Maud's friend, and she is missing, so Maud goes about trying to find her. Of course Elizabeth is not really missing, but Maud is unable to retain the information given to her about her whereabouts. The story flicks from the present day to the post-war period and the events surrounding the disappearance of Maud's older sister, Sukey. As the book progresses the past and present become increasingly intermingled - in that way people familiar with dementia will recognise, I found it to be so sad, but also wonderful, I loved it. 

The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton

Didn't get on with this book. I thought I was really going to enjoy it, but after a hundred pages I didn't really care about the past, or future of any of the characters, and although I could tell it was building to something I wasn't all that interested in what it was. I think part of the problem was the period, it was just too far in the past for me and I couldn't latch on to the people or the time.

Small Move, Big Change - Caroline L. Arnold

I bought this book for my Kindle after reading about it here. The idea is that you set really small goals in order to bring about desired changes "microresolutions". I absolutely love this idea and it's the kind of thing I like to do anyway, but the first part of the book really helped to clarify some thoughts I had and offered some useful suggestions. The second part of the book was a little too long for me, and I found myself losing interest in the many, many illustrations of microresolutions in action. It was worth reading for the first section alone, even if I did find my mind wandering towards Gretchen Rubin frequently towards the end.  

Simplify Your Life - Sarah O'Flaherty

This, thankfully, was a freebie for the Kindle. Not for me at all, but gets good reviews elsewhere.

January 2018

The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin

I love Gretchen Rubin, and knew so much about this book before I even turned the page so thought I would love it. However, I was sold a duff copy! The book started on page 19 then when I got to page 50 the section of Chapter One from page 19 onwards was repeated. Daft as it may sound it really put me off! Only off reading the book, not off the ideas within.

A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

I understand what it is about this book that I'm supposed to love, and maybe I didn't fall for it just because I was ill when reading it, but it just reminded me if the endlessly tiresome conversations I have with certain grumpy customers that come to the charity shop to whinge about "the way things are these days". 

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