What I’ve Been Reading

I’ve had a lot more time for reading so far this year, so I thought I’d do a few mini-reviews for those of you who like this sort of thing. There really is something for everyone on this list, so enjoy 🙂

Books

Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey
I often struggle with gender stereotypes and inequality within Christian culture and I found this book very affirming. It shows that there really can be an egalitarian approach to Christian life, church organisation and marriage. Although passionate, it is also happily without a trace of anger or bitterness. You can read Sarah Bessey’s blog here.

The Hobbit, JR Tolkien
Although a big fan of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films, I had not read any of the books, so I decided to correct this, beginning, of course, with the Hobbit. It was an easy, enjoyable read, transporting me to other worlds, making me laugh and emphasising all the important things in life. I can’t wait to start on The Fellowship of the Ring.

Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch
This is the second in the Peter Grant series, which I was keen to read after finishing the first, Rivers of London. These books have been described as ‘Harry Potter for grown ups’ and are certainly as addictive. They follow the story of a London policeman, who finds himself working for the secretive magic division. While some of the content might be a bit too weird and twisted for some readers, I found this story as gripping as the last one. Bring on the next book in the series!

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, Vaseem Khan

This book commences another new detective series, and I loved it! It follows the story of Inspector Chopra who has been forced to retire from the Mumbai police force for health reasons. On the same day as his retirement, he receives delivery of a baby elephant courtesy of his eccentric Uncle. Of course, in spite of his retirement he becomes drawn into a curious and dangerous investigation in which he has a little help from Ganesha the elephant. This is an enjoyable read, not unlike Alexander McCall Smith’s Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, and it really captures something of the culture and atmosphere of Mumbai too.

Meadowland, John Lewis-Stempel

Very different to the other books mentioned in this post, Meadowland has really caught my attention. It takes the form of the nature notes of a farmer who observes the wildlife in his meadow throughout the year. It is stunningly well written and incorporates history, poetry and folklore seamlessly. Every time I pick it up I am completely transported to his meadow, whether it be buried under drifts of January snow, a Springtime home to nesting curlews and meadow pipits, or in the midst of summer haymaking (done the old-fashioned way with a scythe).

Online Reading

This is an interesting article about singleness, inspired by the late novelist Anita Brookner.

Sarah Bessey’s touching letter to her daughter as she turns one.

Tips for Taking Good Photos at A Cup of Jo.

This new blog, recommended by a friend.

Next on the List

My brilliant friend Karina sent me My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, which I am looking forward to getting stuck into. I also have two books by Victoria Hislop. In spite of having been recommended her numerous times, I’ve never actually read anything by her so I need to rectify that!

What are you reading?

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