Book Pile ~ April

Book Pile ~ April


Lila by Marilyn Robinson: This is the third book about the people and town of Gilead, USA. Beautifully written, with realistic characters and yet very different from her other two books. (Review to follow)

Life! Death! Prizes! by Stephen May: Billy, aged 19 and his brother Oscar, aged 6 mother is dead. She was murdered during a bungled street murder. Stephen May tells the mother and boys story before the mother and afterward too. Although Billy is offered help from a number of sources in the end everything becomes to much for him to take care of Oscar. It is at this point that Social Services, their Aunt and eventually a judge step in, awarding custody of Oscar to their Aunt Tonia. The boys go through all levels of emotions and we are taken on the same journey. Although sad and depressing at times, there are moments of humour too. This was the library book group for March/April. 3:5

Whole:Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by Colin T Campbell: Campbell originally carried a nutrition study that became known as the ‘The China Study.’ This book is a follow on from the original China Study book. It was long-winded and the technical parts were hard to understand. I think it could have been written in a more reader friendly/user way than it was, in the end I gave up about a third of the way through. 2:3

Pray, Write, Grow; Cultivating Prayer and Writing Together by Ed Cyzewski: I kept thinking this book had been written by a woman, not sure if that is a good think or a bad thing, i guess it just is. I did read all of it and there were small parts that were memorable, but on the whole I found it confusing and generally ‘bitty’ and although I read a number of positive reviews I didn’t feel like I was reading the same book. Maybe it was too geared towards a certain religion, rather than God in general, again I didn’t finish it. 2:3

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler: You want to read a good story set between two time periods, that is well written and will keep you reading, well this is the one for you, I loved it! Review to follow.


A Tale For a Time Being by Ruth Ozek

The Essential Guide to Chakras: Discovering The Healing Power of Chakras For Mind, Body and Spirit by Swami Saradananda

To Read. The to-read list is very ‘yummy’ as I have been out shopping, well online anyway. At the beginning of the year I set aside money from my budget for books, but I haven’t been shopping till now, mainly because I didn’t know what I wanted to buy, in the end I bought the following –

The Essential Guide to Chakras: Discovering The Healing Power of Chakras For Mind, Body and Spirit by Swami Saradananda

Mindfulness in Motion:Healthier Life Through Body-Centered Meditation by Tamara Russell

Mudras for Modern Life: Boost Your Health, Re-energize Your Life, Enhance Your Yoga and Deepen Your Meditation By Swami Saradananda
Simple Matters: Living With Less and Ending up with More By Erin Boyle
Emma by Jane Austen (Kindle)
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (Kindle edition)

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