#EmptyShelf19: December 2019

After realising I'd finished NO books in November, I made more effort in December (and of course, there was surgery recovery too): On Smaller Dogs and Larger Life Questions by Kate Figes My rating: 4 of 5 stars Despite the age difference, a lot of the experience in this book resonated with me - trying to get on with life with the unknown’ hanging over your head - when will the cancer come back, how…

#EmptyShelf19: October Books

Well, a slow, but quality month of reading - I'm partway through several other books, but this is the only one that I've finished - and it was an important one to feed into our joint session at #PremDac19: Finding God in a Culture of Fear by Joanne Cox-Darling My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve been wanting to read this since it came out, and knowing that I’m doing a session with Joanne at…

#EmptyShelf19: September

This month I have read: Ticking Off Breast Cancer by Sara Liyanage My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have connected with Sara online over the past couple of years, as she was ahead of me on the 'breast cancer journey' (we're not a fan of that phrase), and had lots of great advice to pass on. I also used her website quite a bit, so really happy to see that she has put all…

#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…
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