Our latest venture
I had the pleasure recently as part of her tour of this book which promoted me to actually read it as it’s been sat on my bookcase for a few months and I’m so glad I did. I suffer from anxiety and depression and am currently going through one of my periods of being constantly overwhelmed. The first positive about the book is finding someone who actually ‘gets it’. Seeing my own thoughts written down in ways I struggle to express made me feel less alone and for that reason I will be recommending various family & friends read it in the hope I will finally be able to make them understand.
The book is split into several sections first explaining the feelings of being overwhelmed for the average person and then a deeper chapter for those with fully fledged mental illnesses. I even got to learn a few new ones. Then we get the science-y bit. No matter how simple people will write I’ll only ever understand one science word in 10. My brain just isn’t wired for it but as long as I can pick up the gist of it I’m generally happy. I enjoyed the mindfulness techniques. I’ve since found a class nearby that runs sessions which I hope to join from next month. I found that as someone who meditates that I’ve probably tried a few of the techniques already.
Lastly Wax compares Mindfulness with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). I think both work in their own way and don’t really think one is better than the other despite Wax promoting Mindfulness as the better option (well she would, it’s what the book is all about after all).
As Ruby Wax is a comedienne the book is littered with jokes but nothing offensive and poking as much fun at herself as she does anything else. Highly recommended for anyone with even the slightest hint of stress for even just the techniques can add support to anyone’s everyday life
I admit I bought this book in a charity shop purely because of its title. I don’t normally read chick-lit but how could I pass up the opportunity for a tale about Colin Firth?? Except as you can imagine he’s not actually in it. The story centres on three women in the small town of Boothbay Harbor, Maine: Veronica Russo who loves to bake and is trying to come to terms with giving her daughter up for adoption 22 years ago, Bea Crane, finding out she’s adopted and Gemma Hendricks, a journalist in town to report on the 50th anniversary of the teen pregnancy home on the outskirts of town. The women come together with a joint love of Colin Firth who is due in town to make a new movie.
In the end I really enjoyed this story. I like the idea of the central premise being about the pain of adoption and teenage pregnancy. I liked how March avoided coming down on any side of the debate on what’s best for baby; staying with mother or being adopted and how she explored all options within the realms of the three women all searching for answers to their individual issues.
Some of the plotlines you could see coming a mile away with Bea’s attempts to date – good guy turns out to be bad and grumpy guy is actually the sweetheart we should have been rooting for all along. Certain elements of Pride & Prejudice such as the above have been updated for this story and as a lover of P&P I have no problems with that at all.
In the end I found it to be a fun, summer read. One for the beach or garden. It’s an easy page turner and probably worth keeping for another read sometime soon.
Bruce Springsteen has written his first children’s book about bank-robber Outlaw Pete and it was inspired by memories of 1950s children’s book Brave Cowboy Bill which his mother read to him as a child.
It’s an illustrated cowboy story for youngsters about a bank-robber “trying to outrun his sins”. Pete, based on an eight-minute ballad from his Working on a Dream album, will be published by Simon & Schuster in November.
Jonathan Karp, Simon & Schuster’s president says the story will appeal to adults too“It’s a book for anybody who loves a good Western. It’s for readers of all ages,” he said. “It has an adult sensibility, and so does the book. Outlaw Pete is a quintessentially Springsteen character, brought to life here, and like the song, it’s a meditation on fate. “Pete is robbing banks at a very young age, and he does a lot of things he regrets, but as the lyric says…
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I’ve mentioned on my other blog a challenge website called www.dayzeroproject.com that I use. One of the projects is to complete 101 things in 1001 days. You make your own challenges and lists and mark them off as you go along and it’s up to you to make them as hard or easy as you want to. One of my easier ones was to read 100 books and today I finished the 100th one.
This time I didn’t have to read any books for my English Literature degree but there are still books I read for various book clubs and some I reviewed for a website. I would not have read quite a few of these otherwise but I’m glad I did gives you the opportunity to step outside your own reading comfort zone and then there are some I’ve already forgotten the plot of! I haven’t had time to make a post for all of these. I probably won’t do another of these book lists but it is good to look back and see how varied your reading list is
- Struggling to be Holy – Judy Hirst (spiritual book club)
- 101 Things to do before you Diet
- Zombie short story anthology
- The Simarillion – JRR Tolkien
- Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
- Laugh your way to Grace – (spirirual book club)
- The Power of Now – Ekhart Tolle
- The Seven Chakra Sisters
- Fault in our Stars – John Green
- The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
- Angels & Demons – Dan Brown
- The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
- Rivers of London – Ben Aaronovitch
- Moon Over Soho – Ben Aaronovitch
- Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch
- The Other Ophelia – Kirsty Ferry
- Counselling for Toads
- Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch
- The Humans – Matt Haigh
- Broken Token – Chris Nickson
- Mad About the Boy –Helen Fielding
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
- Falling into Grace – Adyashanti
- Gods Behaving Badly – Marie Phillips
- The Rosie Project – Graeme Simpsion
- The 7 Aha’s of Highly Enlightened Souls
- Vengeance is Mine Inc – Roald Dahl
- The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
- Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
- 1984 – George Orwell
- Company of Liars – Karen Maitland
- The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul – Deborah Rodriguez
- Into the Sea of Qi – Mark Popplewell
- Fallen – Lauren Kate (book 1)
- Torment – Lauren Kate (book 2)
- Passion – Lauren Kate (book 3)
- Rapture – Lauren Kate (final book)
- Sea Spell – Kirsty Ferry
- The Little Old Lady Who Broke all the Rules
- Britty Britty Bang Bang – Hugh Dennis
- The Shaman Within
- Half Bad – Sally Green
- Eleanor the Secret Queen
- Crooked Spire – Chris Nickson
- George and the Dragon – Philip Tolhurst
- Girl with the Pearl Earring
- Filth – Irvine Welsh
- Priestess of the White Trudi Canavan
- Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
- On the Road – Cormac McCarthy