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Bookish mood swings – reviews of 2016

Since I finished up study for the year I have been reading like a crazy woman, kinda. I finished a book tonight that I felt was starting to put me in a funk, but fortunately I really liked the ending so I’m hopeful it’s a good vibe for tomorrow, a much needed home day.

The book was Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp. Although it had a rather predictable plot line around embryo adoption and abduction, I enjoyed the story for it’s characters and the endless relate able question of mothers – am I good enough? Although I fear it got me asking the question too much the last few days when I’ve been sore and tired and not up to scratch. After a bad work day today I felt very much on the verge of a slump and was a bit wary of continuing the book, especially as part of my negative thoughts are around all the work I’m not doing at home while reading…  but as already shared it had a positive ending so instead of going to bed too-tired to do anything else, I’ve found some energy to write a blog and connect, hooray! Do you find books get you into a mood? It’s all positive when it’s a feel good book but not so healthy on depressive topics.

Some other books I’ve read recently (i.e. last year or so :p)

I had to wait to finish the Divergent series by Veronica Roth but loved the third book Allegiant – particularly the epilogue and Fours chosen career path (really appreciate authors who write epilogiues!). Two quotes I also loved/appreciated

I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.” -> so very very true of marriage.

There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself…But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, I found it both very interesting and very boring! I would find myself getting caught up in the story only to find myself lost again and utterly confused (particularly by character names). It was a bookclub read and most didn’t finish it, but one girl loved it, describing the writing style as beautiful.I would have liked to have made it to the end but it was not an easy book to come back to.

And you know you should be glad by Bob Greene. A lot of it I couldn’t relate to – personal anecdotes, perhaps from an older era and of male friendships. I loved it though as it celebrated the amazing gift of friendship and gave me a wonderful excuse to think about a dear friend.

It took me awhile to finish The Walk Home by Rachel Seiffert but I think it was worth it. Set in Glasgow about a community deeply affected by the Troubles in Ireland it was interesting for it’s historical insights (although initially difficult to comprehend) and complex characters. In the end it was a story of family and hope which I enjoyed.

The Power of Bones by Keelen Mailman – a very honest story about a modern aboriginal woman and all she’s achieved despite adversity. An inspiring and sobering read.

We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler – really enjoyed it by the end – her mother wanted her life to be extraordinary – but I think this is better -A Mediocre Life – http://www.alifeinprogress.ca/?p=1065

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert I wanted to like it but it just kept going and going!!

Two I couldn’t finish were The Dressmaker (Rosalie Ham) and The Heart Goes Last (Margaret Atwood).

Next I’ve been given a very thick Judy Nunn book….or perhaps it’s time to get to those guilt evoking jobs…

 

 

 

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