Sunday, 6 February 2011

The Joy of Words

'Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting'

I love that quote by Edmund Burke. One of the many things I have LOVED since getting my nursing qualification is being able to read books that I want to read. I still enjoy reading books related to nursing but it is so nice to have the time to read and have the choice about what I read as well. I love to read, it is one of my favourite hobbies ever! So I want to share with you the books I read towards the end of last year and one day, if you can, immerse yourselves in their stories :)

Taking Charge Of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler - I have done a post and video on this. I cannot praise it enough. I learnt so much in 415 pages! It was the sex ed class I never had.

One Day by David Nicholls - This book moved me and I could not put it down. It was recommended to me by my friend Sam. Since reading it it has become an international best seller and I am not surprised. One Day is about a girl called Emma and a guy called Dexter who meet at university. From then on they decide to be firm friends but it is evident they have this connection. Dex goes on to live the lives we can only dream of but it is tinged with a lot of unhappiness. Emma goes onto the have the life she did not plan but proves that with enough fight you can get where you want. The book follows them over the next 20 years of their lives. The author was witty and I was fixated by the Emma/Dexter will they wont they? Get it and read it. It is all I can say! And trust me once you finish reading it you will want to visit Edinburgh, Scotland because I am planning on it!

The Gift by Cecelia Ahern - Ahern (PS I Love You, Where Rainbows End) is one of my favourite authors. She takes daily life and reflects upon it so vividly in her books. I have come away from all her books thinking "she needs to be my counsellor or something!" The Gift is about a guy called Lou Suffern who struggles with time. He has a top notch job, a beautiful family and is filthy rich. He is just useless at prioritising and his work comes before family. Then he meets a homeless man called Gabe who gives him the unexpected gift of time. It is just how wisely Lou uses it to help sort out his life. The only thing I am not so keen on is the language Ahern uses in it at times. You can still write a good book without the swear words.

A Funny Thing About Love by Rebecca Farnworth - Is it shameful of me to admit I only bought this because the author had the same name as me? haha. This book was really really sweet and I loved reading it. It is about a comedy agent called Carmen who is divorced, infertile and just wants to be happy and find love. She decides to change her life by moving, write her own comedy series and find love somewhere else. I found it quite entertaining and light hearted about a woman who needs to realise that love is not the problem. It's the men she chooses.

The Legacy by Katherine Webb - Please read this book! It was voted Britain's best summer read and I totally agree. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. At. All. Where do I start? It is based on two stories that come together so well. It starts with two sisters who need to sort through their late grandmothers belongings. In doing so they try to question why their grandmother was so bitter and why their cousin Henry disappeared all those summers ago. As they go through her stuff they find history that dates back to old century Oklahoma and the love story that started and ended there. It was so beautifully told and I found my heart breaking. I have recommended it to so many people and they have all told me how powerful the story telling was.

Same Kind of Different as Me - This had to be my favourite book I read in 2010 - it was utterly compelling. It was part of the Bloom book club and my friend Laura also highly praised it. I have read some Christian novels before so I was keen to read this! It is written by two Christian men (Ron Hall and Denver Moore) and is a true story. Ron tells the touching story of how he was a Christian who went to church on Sundays because it was the thing 'good Christians' did. Then his wife is diagnosed with terminal cancer and he meets a homeless man Denver at a shelter. I cried on most pages! I cried at Denver's story and background which led him to serving the Lord as passionately as he does. I cried when Ron just prayed for miracle for his wife to be healed. I have never been a big believer in miracles before reading this book. And even though it wasn't the miracle I wanted when reading it, there were many miracles throughout it. I found it to be so passionate about a man (Denver), who came from the pits of virtually nothing, taught a rich man (Ron), who had everything you could ask for, that if you believe and have faith miracles can happen. If you read any book in this list, it is this true story hands down!

Have you read any of these books?!


*~Christine~* said...

Never have read any of these, but they all sound soooo good! I cannot wait til this last semester of college is over and I have more time again to actually read what I want! I will keep these ones in mind when I finally have time, thanks for sharing! (That last one looks soooo good, I might have to try reading it even though I'm busy!)

Kristen said...

I have same kind of different as me on my book shelf. I keep meaning to read it and after reading your review I am on it!

Suki said...

I have read The gift by Ceclia Ahern and it is such a wonderful wonderful book.
One Day is on my list and go visit Edinburgh it is one of my favourite cities in the world.
Hope you are doing well, love!


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