i murdered my library

I Murdered My Library (Amazon, 2014)

Well if this isn’t the most wonderful title for a book then I don’t know what is. I downloaded this short Kindle Single last night and read it in no time at all, nodding my head past myself as novelist Linda Grant tells of what it is to dismantle your library, and choose to read on your Kindle thereafter. A lament for all our lost books, Grant’s feeling on her (indispensable) e-reader remain ambiguous  until the very end when she is settling into a tiny flat after many a year in a rambling house, and finds herself with empty bookshelves…

Read it and weep for all those hardbacks lost for ever. 

do the work

Do the Work (The Domino Project, 2011)

Over the weekend I signed up for a free trial of Kindle Unlimited ~ (US Amazon accounts only at the moment) and for absolutely nothing I have been going a little e-book crazy! You simply download your chosen book from the collection of over 600,0000 currently available, read it and then virtually “give it back”. What’s not to love??

Do the Work is a book I have been meaning to read for many a month now, and last night as I simultaneously painted my toenails and sipped from a long cool glass of cucumber water, I read it and found in among its pages all my creative demons. This then is for every artist, writer, entrepreneur, blogger or other creative who knows what it is to hit a wall…

It is short and sharp but it is absolutely key to understanding that our creative battles are never our own but simply part of the process of birthing something that matters.

lynnefranks

Absolutely Now! (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)

I have long admired Lynne Franks – indeed her Seed Network books inspired me as I was starting my own business – but as I read this autobiography I feel even more admiration for her than ever before: not least because she is so willing to mark herself as ridiculous during some of her more extreme “phases” and to recognise when she has outgrown something and spiritually needs more room to grow.

Published next month “Absolutely Now” is true and real and occasionally silly: the story of our times for women of a certain age in search of something more…

death comes to pemberley

Death Comes To Pemberley (London: Vintage, Random House, 2011)

Heck this is a treat and a half: a delicious combination of Jane Austen and an absorbing mystery by mistress of the genre, P.D.James. I only started this one in the wee small hours of last night (after acquiring it at the school fair), and I am already head over heels obsessed…

Thank heavens I didn’t see the BBC dramatised version this past Christmas. Don’t tell me whodunnit will you?

atangled web

A Tangled Web (Sourcebooks Fire, 2014)

Oh my. I have downloaded a Lucy Maud Montgomery story I have not read before. I do believe all work will have to be halted this morning while I sit down with Lucy and a nice buttered scone…

thevetsdaughter

The Vet’s Daughter (New York Review Books Classics)

Yesterday we travelled across the country to my Uncle’s 60th birthday party, and ignoring the flash of motorway I let myself be utterly transported into another of Barbara Comyn’s incredible early twentieth century worlds. Now half way through The Vet’s Daughter I simply want to stop the world so I can find out what becomes of poor, brave Alice…

jump

Jump And Your Life Will Appear…. (Hay House, 2014)

Currently Reading…

Jump…And Your Life Will Appear: An Inch-by-Inch Guide to Making a Major Change
Are you ready to make changes in your life—but feel something is holding you back? Is your soul asking you to take a leap—but you’re too afraid to take it? Are you ready for something new—but aren’t sure where to start?

If this sounds like you, the book you hold in your hands will give you the courage and faith you need to jump across the threshold from where you are—to where you want to be. Jump . . . and Your Life Will Appear is a step-by-step guide to clearing the path ahead so you can let go and make the change you need the most. With a series of effective exercises, coach and author Nancy Levin will walk you through your fear, usher you up to the moment of jumping, and help you navigate what awaits on the other side.

Whether you want to switch careers, move to a different part of the world, set boundaries with someone in your life, or increase your capacity for self-love,Jump . . . and Your Life Will Appear will support you on a practical path from start to finish.