#EmptyShelf19: June

Last month I read: Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth My rating: 4 of 5 stars Trying to decide what I think of this book - been on my shelf a long time and I know her work influences Beyond Chocolate (which I can already see has had transformational impact on life). Roth seems to be coming more from a Buddhist perspective than the God I think of,…

#EmptyShelf19: May

This month I read: Beyond Words: Illness and the Limits of Expression by Kathlyn Conway My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m looking at interrogating my own writing about my experiences of cancer, and there was a lot of interesting material in this book. I read more deeply the first half, reading somewhat faster the second half. Conway covers a huge number of writers who are writing about various/chronic illnesses (including cancer) and the struggles…

#EmptyShelf19: April

This month I read the following books: The Ravaged Land Series Books 1-3 by Kellee L. Greene My rating: 4 of 5 stars 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…

#EmptyShelf19: March

This month I've read that: Late Fragments: Everything I Want to Tell You by Kate Gross My rating: 5 of 5 stars I only meant to start this book, but I finished it in one sitting. A really lively book, with much humour and insight into the life of a woman (younger than me) writing near the end of her time. Following hard on reading Rachael Bland’s book, there’s a challenge to live well, to…

#EmptyShelf19: February

So this month I've been reading: Cancer: A Pilgrim Companion by Gillian Straine My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a powerful book, mixing faith, science and cancer, giving a sense of hope - and definitely a recognition of shared suffering as part of the ‘cancer club’. Cancer is seen as a pilgrimage - part of life’s greater pilgrimage. Lots of helpful extracts from other texts (including the Bible obviously), and insights into Gillian’s…