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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 January 2013!

My Jan 5

Novel: Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin

Baking cakes

This was a Christmas present from my father who liked the idea of me reading it on the plane as I fly into Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, where I will be in a little over 48 hours!!! If you enjoyed The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith then you’ll love this. I’ve already started and am in love, not least because I know some of the places it specifically mentions and the dialogue also brings warmth to my heart, I can really hear it.

Children’s Book: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The little prince

This is a re-read for me of an absolute classic, one of my all time faves which just happened to be on my father’s bookshelf (where I’ve been staying for Christmas and New Year). The illustrations are so wonderful…if you’ve never read this, do so…now!

Non-Fiction: Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe

Diet for a small planet

This is another one snaffled from my Dad’s shelves. What can I do, I’m away from home and my local library! I’ve heard of it but never read it and, though it was originally written in 1971 the topic is as relevant now as it was then. How to feed yourself healthily and sustainably on a vegetarian diet with the intention of living lightly on our beloved planet Earth. I’m looking forward to this one.

Autobiography/Biography: A Mad World, My Masters by John Simpson

John Simpson

I picked this up in a charity shop (Dad didn’t have any autobiographical writing – unbalanced bookshelf alert!…) and it sounds brilliant! John Simpson is a news presenter and has traveled all over the world with the BBC. This volume promises adventures in Columbia, Ivory Coast, Cuba and more…can’t wait! What me? An international news correspondent? Well…

Poetry: A survival kit for modern life – 101 poems to get you through the day (and night) edited by Daisy Goodwin

101 poems

Well done Dad, you had some poetry…although I think this may have been a long ago present from me. Ho hum, what goes around comes around:-) So 101 poems is certainly plenty and, having had a quick flick through and found names such as Sophie Hannah, Wendy Cope, Samuel Beckett, Lord Byron and Stevie Smith this is a pretty star studded collection – looking forward to this one. That’s more than 3 poems I’ll need to read a day on average. OK, let’s get stuck in….

Bye for now dear friends and…happy healthy reading:-)