What I read in November/December

I thought I would get this one out of the way before I list my year in books. It’s been a slow reading time recently, I’m not sure why. Tiredness, exhaustion and a little too much addiction to scrolling through my phone may have had something to do with it. I’m planning on tackling the phone thing soon and I have about 10 Christmas books awaiting me to delve into in the next week or so. Hopefully my reading mojo will kick in again soon. But for now. Here are the few books I did manage to read at the end of 2017.

Knife Edge, Checkmate, Double Cross- Malorie Blackman

I was really glad to find these lurking in our library after having read Noughts and Crosses a while ago. This is a brilliant series taking a different look at race. In this world black people make up the ruling classes and white the underprivileged minority. These books are a fascinating read and whilst the backdrop is pretty bleak I was grateful for slightly hopeful tones at the very end of the series.

The Circle- Dave Eggers

Having seen the Netflix adaptation I was curious to see what the book added. It’s a brilliant look at what happens when privacy is seen as completely antithetical to what makes a good and upright citizen. Why wouldn’t you want to share your whole life? What do you have to hide? Surely society is safer and less harmful if we all know what everyone is doing all the time? I loved this and hated it. It exposed my addiction to the little red like button and overwhelmed me with how much information I seem to randomly scroll through each day to try and keep up with …what? What am I trying to absorb and why? Oh so many good questions arise from this one. Go read and be disturbed. I was especially freaked out by the obsession with getting 100% positive feedback in the book. The protagonist starts out in customer service at The Circle and needs to be getting around 98% feedback from each encounter she has. If she doesn’t get the feedback she needs she has to go back and ask what she could improve on etc. I thought this was insane until we bought a car in real life a couple of months ago and the salesman said if we weren’t going to give 5 stars not to bother filling in the survey because they needed 100% positive feedback… A throughly disturbing read.

The Rosie Project- Graeme Simison

A fairly interesting book on how someone with Aspergers deals with life and finding love. A quirky light read.

Daring Greatly- Brene Brown.

I love this book so so much. If you haven’t read it go and do so now. It’s brilliant on how to live vulnerably and well in this world. It was my second time through and a great reminder that I have worth, I am valuable, I am enough and I can enter each situation in life with courage because of that foundation. This time through I was struck by the stuff on parenting and how we need to be the people we want our children to be. They need to see us living our values out and they need to see us grappling honestly with the gap between our values and the actual way we live. Brilliant stuff.

The Keeper of Lost Things- Ruth Hogan

I read this in a couple of afternoons and enjoyed a fairly light person finds redemption and love through a series of coincidences and meeting interesting people. Hmm. It’s a good one for train journeys, holiday reading or just if you want your brain to skip lightly across the story. I think there is a place for these kind of books (the more well written ones that is…)

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