#EmptyShelf20: March

#EmptyShelf20: March

This month I read the following books:

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well that was quite a fascinating book – some good twists and turns. I couldn’t decide if I was disappointed in the ending or not… but I do want to watch the film!

Spirituality and Cancer: Christian EncountersSpirituality and Cancer: Christian Encounters by Tim Meadowcroft
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book relatively fast (and it’s now full of sand, as I was on the beach) – and it’s a really interesting mix of insights building upon a conference held in New Zealand the year before. It brings together insights from patients, theologians and medics/scientists. As a person with Stage IV cancer (worried about the impact of COVID19 on my treatment/health) I found it a helpful book to 1) know that a lot of my feelings – I was not the only one 2) thoughts about the theology of where we are – how different churches/theologies help us interpret the whys and wherefores… and how faith can help get through the mental trauma that cancer brings. I’d highly recommend to those who are engaging at the intersection of Christianity and cancer … it’s an academic text, but still very readable (I may have skim-read some of the more sciency bits!).

This Is Living with Cancer: You Don't Do Dying Very Well Do You Mum?This Is Living with Cancer: You Don’t Do Dying Very Well Do You Mum? by Marie E Preston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m currently at Vaughan Park in New Zealand, where I believe Marie wrote some of this book. As someone also with secondary cancer, it’s encouraging to hear how she’s survived 25 years with various tumours (although the current COVID19 is playing havoc with people’s cancer treatment options). It’s written in quite a ‘personal’ blog post style, so it’s easy to read small segments at a time (although I read it in one go), and there’s a lot of insights into the whole of life with cancer – spiritual, physical and mental all require some form of balance.

Actually read the paper edition, but anyway.

Triumph of the Shipyard Girls (Shipyard Girls #8)Triumph of the Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like all the others, I just enjoyed reading this – maybe with an extra dimension in the current crisis which is being compared so widely to the Second World War. I’m looking forward to the next one too..

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