(The artist for my header pic is a Russian artist named Demakov Yevgeniy)
So many books, so little time.
Artist - Tavik Frantisek Simon
What makes a perfect winter’s Saturday apart from constant sunshine, blue skies and a temptingly beautiful frosty landscape outside my window? (Answer a few lines down). To be honest, as they say in these parts, the sun started to go down soon after three o’clock but it was certainly much appreciated while it lasted. I did the supermarket sweep as quickly as I could this morning and then returned to examine what the book angel had left for me.
Library books! Hot off the press too, some of them. Like buses they have all come at once ,but aren’t libraries wonderful?
These are the books I ordered, now waiting to be read, in no particular order.
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Migashida. I heard parts of this on Radio 4 and found it so enlightening and interesting. I think everyone should read it. A rare and important insight into the mind of an autistic child.
Sisters of the East End by Helen Batten. If you enjoyed the Jennifer Worth books that inspired the Call the Midwife series on BBC then this should be a must read. Heart-warming tales of nursing and midwifery from the Sisters who worked with Jennifer Worth.
Staying on the’old’ London theme. As well as being my birthplace, I have East End family connections so snapped this one up.
My Lost London by Len Goodman, the Lovely Strictly Come Dancing judge. The book is crammed with fabulous old black and white photos of London as well as Len’s reminiscences.
In Len's own words:
Maeve’s Times by the much-missed and dearly loved Maeve Binchy. These are selected writings for the Irish Times which span five decades.
Journey into Mindfulness by Dr Patrizia Collard. There are lots of books published on the theme of meditation, mindfulness and relaxation etc but this is new one of the simplest and the best I have ever seen. I recommend it highly. Below is the book description.Mindfulness is a new way of experiencing life; it's about reconnecting with our original way of being and moving into the now. Through the practice of mindfulness you can find a path to better living, reduced stress, higher levels of energy and enthusiasm and increased self-confidence. Journey into Mindfulness explains the principles of mindfulness, a meditation cognitive therapy, in a simple yet inspiring way and comes with practical exercises that suit both the beginner and the experienced practitioner.
Living in the moment can be harder than we think in a tech-filled world of to-do lists. This gentle guide shows you easy, enjoyable and effective ways to slow down and develop awareness of your thoughts, actions and the environment. Exercises include step-by-step breathing and sound meditations, eating, walking meditations and movement sequences inspired by chi gong, tai chi and yoga to bring the mind and body into the present moment.
In this fully-illustrated book by leading mindfulness educator and author Dr. Patrizia Collard, discover the meditations and body moves to combat stress and anxiety, deal with fear and procrastination, eat better, manage change, love more, and ultimately feel the joy of being 'in the now'. You can learn: mindful eating, how to get out of a low mood, what to do with anger, how to embrace ageing, brilliant stress-reduction techniques, and how to get beyond fear. Use this book to reconnect with the simple moments in life; by truly living moment-by-moment rather than merely existing, your life will change for the better.
Diary of a Heretic by Mark Townsend
If you are interested in religions, be they paganism, druidry or Christianity this man's personal story may interest you.
Finally one of local interest which covers an interest of mine - the sacred springs, holy wells and spas of Wales. Written by Phil Cope who is a fine writer and photographer, I may well end up buying this one. Borderlands by Phil CopeI can't find a photo of this book online so will take one myself asap.
I am still desperately needing a good novel to get lost in – I am nearing the end of The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey which I can recommend. It’s a good winter read and the sort of novel to savour in short bursts, not one to race through. I am waiting for Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn to arrive from the library but must look out some more novels to order. Can anyone recommend any good ones?
Well I mustn’t linger, the evening is closing in and the armchair by the cosy Rayburn is calling............... but which book shall I read first? And what is on your bedside table?
Bye for now,