I wrote in an earlier post that one of my New Year Personal Promises was to commit to a balanced book diet…
…so here I share my five for March 2013!
Novel: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
This was a present from my ‘A’ Level English Literature teacher, with whom I’ve kept in touch for – wow, nearly twenty years now! At the time I was a student we had to read McEwan’s ‘A Child in Time’ which I can’t say I enjoyed much, at least then. I wanted to give him another chance though, so during a visit over Christmas/New Year she picked this from her bookshelf and gave it to me…and now I’m going to read it! Thanks Jenny:-)
Children’s Book: The Tribe by Valerie Bloom
I was drawn by the title. This sounds full of excitement and adventure of the bows and arrows kind, with a young girl as the powerful heroine – bring it on! Valerie Bloom is also a poet, so I’m looking forward to this.
Non-Fiction: Writing to Change the World by Mary Pipher
This is the book I’ve been waiting for all my life! I’m almost scared to start because I want answers, and I’m worried about feeling let down. I want to learn, I want to know, that writing CAN be (cliche alert, but true for me) a real contribution to a better world and not just some indulgent personal creative play. I found out about it by reading an article on a similar theme in a writing magazine and promptly ordered it from Amazon. I usually get my books from the library, but this was a must that they didn’t have on their borrowing shelves.
Autobiography/Biography: The Last Supper by Rachel Cusk
Poetry: Bananas in your Ears by Michael Rosen
Michael Rosen is a LEGEND in children’s poetry, so I had to check him out as I’m currently putting a collection of my own children’s poems together (more about that another time!). I’ve already read some of the gems in this book and had a good giggle, and the illustrations by Quentin Blake (another LEGEND!!!) are more than icing on an already very delicious cake.
Bye for now dear friends and…happy healthy reading:-)