December 2013

Rest, refresh and revitalise 

 

What will you doing this summer to rest, refresh and revitalise yourself? Time with friends and family, having adventures, reading, creating new experiences, or reconnecting and reflection.

 

I like experiences which take me into another world, and reading does this for me. Whether I am stressed or happy I like to read. I like reading physical books, and I love reading books on kindle my iphone, one paragraph at a time - especially when I am flying. Who would have thought?

 

So here are a few of the books I have read this year.  Each one of these added another dimension to my life.

 

The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison
Set in contemporary Tibet, this is a complex story weaving together ancient spiritual worlds and the harsh worlds of commerce and labour camps. Both the story and the characters in it draw the reader in.
 
Burnt shadows by Kamila Shamsie
A story of love and courage in the aftermath of Hiroshima drawing together people through happenstance binding both the ordinary and the profound.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich
A family and community responds to aftermath of a traumatic event.

 Mrs Garnet's Angel by Sally Vickers
Set in Venice

The Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle 
Nazi occupied Italy deeply impacts family relationships 

My Story by Jonah Lomu
If you have an eye for detail, love sport and appreciate personal stories, this autobiography satisfies. 

V is for Vengeance by Sue Braden
More adventures with detective Kinsey Milhone.Yes, this is the 22nd book in the series. Kinsey continues to hunker down, be a good neighbour, get bashed about, eat bad food, and solve mysteries. I plan to read W is for Wasted this summer.

And the Mountains Echoedby Kahlid Hossieni
I was lucky enough to travel in Afganistan in 1972 and the beauty and savagery of this country continues to draw me. if you appreciated The Kite Flyer by Hossieni, then this book is for you. 

Half a Yellow sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A harrowing story of family life set in the time of Biafra emerging from Nigeria. This book is beautifully written gently holding you as the reading as a harsh scenes unfold. 

Americana by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The relationship between dreams and believing the grass is greener on the other side and the reality of being an immigrant and finding your feet in another country unfolds in this story. 

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout  
Get to know Olive as she appears in a series of short stories

The unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
 An ordinary life becomes extraordinary as Harold Fry responds to note from a colleague.

 

and over this summer, I plan to read:

 

Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. the Little Friend was so good.

The Imposter Syndrome, by NZer Harold Hillman

 

The Melbourne Age has a great ipad app with daily sudoku and crosswords. Currently there is an inexpensive 3 months subscription available.

 

 Best wishes for a restorative festive season, 

 

Diana

 

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Diana

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