This month I read the following books:
I got this as a cheap/free download from Kindle, but it was perfect reading for first few days around chemo whilst awake on steroids. I’m a bit of a fan of moral-teenage-dystopian reads when I’m having a few down days … and there’s a strong female character (she doesn’t feel strong), and the text doesn’t shy away from some difficult situations, questions, and frequent death scenes – leading to questioning about our overall existence. And yes, I’ve downloaded the second trilogy (what does one call that?) that completes the set!
I’ve been reading this alongside a small group on Facebook throughout Lent, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being able to think about a film that I had NO expectations of when I went to the cinema to see it, and ended up really enjoying (and tempted to have This is Me as my funeral exit song, though I hope that’ll be a long way day the line!). This is a very small book, with a whole lot of content in it … I don’t know how it would be to have read it entirely individually, as I found that the online conversations added new thoughts triggered by Rachel’s original questions. Really enjoyed a little theological thinking around what can seem quite a fluffy film!
I can’t quite decide if this is a 3 or a 4! I enjoyed it much the same as the previous trilogy (and it appears there’s a third trilogy coming) – much as I do most dystopian survival books – it’s doesn’t flee away from the hard stuff, but the story felt a bit rushed towards the finish!
This trilogy brings together much of the previous books (as you would expect) with somewhat of a moral and hopeful finish. Lies are exposed, but the end is still not every end neatly tied up (I like that)… I got a little confused sometimes about who’s supposed to be good/bad – but maybe that’s the point!!
Manageable and encouraging
I saw a number of people had picked up this daily reading book for lent, so, as I’m mostly at home and with the concentration of a pea (cancer treatment) I decided to give it a go. Reading (on Kindle) was v manageable – I highlighted a few areas – and gave something to think about bigger picture/smaller thoughts and actions – each day. Very helpful.
I haven’t read much chicklit recently, but used to enjoy Shopaholic series. In one way, still did – it’s v easy reading and characters are well drawn – although Becky never seems to learn – the whole buy/fashion thing is a bit out of my life experience but I do actually like that it ends with a rejection of much of that … oh — and the story is set to continue!!
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.