#EmptyShelf19: January Reads

So this month, I read the following: With the End in Mind: Dying, Death, and Wisdom in an Age of Denial by Kathryn Mannix My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book came recommended by the #YouMeBigC podcast, within their episode on ‘death’ (not passing on, etc), and also in Instagram @thecancerchrons reckoned it was one of the best books she’d ever read, so I downloaded it from the library! I found it powerful, gentle,…

#EmptyShelf18: December Reads

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Mary Rothschild My rating: 3 of 5 stars I found this a pretty enjoyable book - there were bits of it that felt a bit mish-mashy, and there were slightly too many characters to keep track of, and the ending felt a bit abrupt after so many pages. The characters, however, were interesting, and the insights into the world of fine/high art were definitely fascinating (but not too bogged…

#EmptyShelf18 September Reads

In September I read: Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew My rating: 5 of 5 stars Well I really enjoyed that. In similar vein to Alexander McCall Smith but I enjoyed even more! Gentle humour, a ‘gentle’ murder hunt, some ‘gentle’ comedy and plenty of delicious food ideas! Exactly what you want to read on a few days off ... Flight by Vanessa Harbour My rating: 4 of 5…

#EmptyShelf18: August Reads

In August I read: Crown of Laurel by Lucy Gordon My rating: 3 of 5 stars I don’t know quite what I thought of this book - I thought it was very well written - but heavy on the sex scenes. I’d picked it up because the cover looked like a Georgette Heyer book ... but it’s certainly not a cheerful book like that. The reality, however, makes sense - families, war, inheritance - always…

#EmptyShelf2018: June Reads

So in June I read the following: The Cancer Survivor's Companion: Practical Ways to Cope with Your Feelings After Cancer by Frances Goodhart My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m wavering between 4-5 for this book - I can’t think what I’d do differently, but also didn’t underline loads of stuff! The general feeling that I got from it was that there is a lot of good-sound and practical advice in there. A lot around…