Saturday, 11 February 2017

So January...

So January… 

You showed us how appalling people can be but also how this can inspire people to take a stand. It scares me the way people are so narrow minded, or don’t seem to think outside their own social situation. People seem to have forgotten how to be human and care for each other. It could be easy to get depressed with the world situation but we can make small differences just by being fairer and kinder to each other.

Somehow I managed to read six books in January:

We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Such a short book but such an important book about creating happier women, happier women living in a fairer, truer world. This book should be posted through everyone’s door with a note saying read this. Especially to the road rage guy, with children in the back seat, last night who scream and shouted some nasty things because I was half parked across an entrance to another road in back to back traffic so no one could move.

How Much The Heart Can Hold – Various Authors
This short story collection contains seven stories on love but not the clichéd type. There are stories about a husband watching his wife die from starvation, a woman trying to hold together her family after her father ends up in hospital and a woman obsessing years later over a school crush. My favourite stories from the collection were Nikesh Shukla’s White Wine and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s Before It Disappears.

Strange Weather in Tokyo – Hiromi Kawakami
Tuskiko finds herself drinking alone in a local bar and ends up sitting next to her former school teacher. Over the coming months they share drink, food and time, developing a deep intimacy. This is a book about a slow burning friendship leading to romance, and urban loneliness. This is a fantastic book. Think Haruki Murakami crossed with Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City.

The Empathy Problem – Gavin Extence

This is a book about second chances. Gabriel, a hedge fund Manager, finds out he has a tumour. It’s now or never as he starts changing his life around, trying to find meaning. You can read my review here.

The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher
This is Carrie Fisher’s last book, and also the first book I’ve read by her. This is her diary from when she worked on the first Star Wars film. This is an interesting read showing that famous people are just as insecure as normal people.

Books For Living – Will Schwalbe
This is a fantastic book for readers as Will explores the power of books and reading in a series of essays. This is also a dangerous book as I’ve already added several books to my wish list thanks to this one book. I’ll be reviewing this book in more detail soon.

I have five chapters left to redraft! It has been a long slog and I’m still not there but I’m hoping that later this year I can start submitting it to agents.

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