Howdy party people. Long time no write. This month has been a whirlwind of midwife night duty, travelling interstate to visit family and school holiday fun.
But good news. Finally getting back into reading again. And blogging again. Yay!
My book choices this month were not the ideal choice for a busy airport or a 5 hour plane ride. Note to self. Kind of like crying at the movies and needing to wear your sunglasses at 9pm at night to cover the red, puffy eyes.
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
Maud is an elderly lady living with a foggy memory, a frustrated daughter Helen and a nagging suspicion that Elizabeth is missing. Maud’s flashbacks to her childhood, mixed up with present day are a book filled with humour, sadness and the harsh realities of someone living with dementia. Maud’s journey to solve the mystery which is haunting her is a lesson to us all.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Still Alice is a modern day tale about Alice who is a 50 year old Harvard professor, mother to 3 grown children, who discovers she has early on-set Alzheimer’s disease. The book crafts a first person account of Alice losing her memories, the impact on her family and her career and her fight to keep her identity.
You may have seen the movie recently with Julianne Moore as Alice.
The Paper House by Anna Spargo-Ryan
Another tear-jerker book from Melbourne debut novelist Anna Spargo-Ryan. I am in the middle of this book at the moment so I don’t know the ending yet.
Heather and Dave are a couple who are dealing with the grief of the loss of their child born still born. The novel delves into Heather’s childhood, elements of family mental illness and the impact all this has on family relationships. Anna has a way with words and you are drawn into the story within the first few pages.
Can’t wait to finish it!
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
After the last three books ripped my heart out, I decided a little happiness would be in order. I am a little slow on the uptake with this book. It was first released in 2009 and an updated version in 2012.
This is a self-exploratory book on how and what makes us happy. Why does the human race strive to be happy? Gretchen has a theme for each month of the year and then carries out research, experiments and daily actions to improve and test the theory of happiness.
What are you reading this month?