A few interesting new arrivals on the book front recently – 2 from the library, 1 competition win, 1 purchased, 1 requested review book and 4 unsolicited review books. Clicking on the covers will take you to their Amazon Affliate Link.
I don’t like the word diet as it conjures up visions of torture and faddish ways to lose weight. I’ve never dieted in my life but for the past 6 months or so I have been trying to eat more healthily. A blood test in June revealed raised cholesterol so I decided to cut down on the cheese (my nemesis!) and be a bit more active. I’ve lost 10lbs so far and am no longer overweight but I bought The Hairy Dieters book as it came highly recommended by friends especially as it contains meals which all the family, even my fussy bunch, will enjoy. I’ve reserved their first book How to Love Food and Lose Weight at the library. There’s a queue of 9 ahead of me but I have plenty of food for thought in the meantime… By the way, the weight loss hasn’t improved the raised cholesterol so a new exercise regime is the next step – wonder if I can run and read simultaneously…
Kill or Cure was a win in a competition organised by We Love This Book. It has proven a big hit with the all the family, particularly the more gruesome parts, of the book, not the family! Detailing the history of medicine from prehistory to modern times, this is one for dipping into and may well provide useful in the healthy eating regime…as in inducing loss of appetite.
The Cleaner of Chartres will be a re-read this month as it is our library book group’s choice for February. With less funding for libraries and limited stock, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Liz, our librarian, to source enough copies if we recommend a particular title. I know we could source them ourselves but that defeats the whole purpose of it being a “library” book group. Soon there will be no books left! Seriously…
Lean On Pete is another library loan. My bookish friend Mandy has been raving evangelically about this writer so I really need to get to it.
North of Nowhere is the latest novel from children’s author Liz Kessler. My daughter Eva loved this author’s previous books so this is one for both of us to read and enjoy. Apparently this story was inspired by a South Devon village which fell into the sea during stormy weather – ironic considering the horrendous damage the storms are currently wreaking on the Devon and Cornish coasts.
The last batch of four are unsolicited review copies which dropped through the letterbox. Sometimes these are so wide off the mark for me, even with my eclectic tastes, but these four do appeal in very different ways. I’ve enjoyed Valerie Martin’s writing style in the past and Byron Easy looks intriguing with The Winter Folly promising to be an entertaining dual time-frame story. When I was Young isn’t really singing to me at the moment, I sense saga vibes coming off it!
Wondering now if I should choose my next read according to the weather today but then they’ve forecast amber alerts for gales, rain and possible snow – enough to make an indecisive Libran doolally!