Put the Book Back on the Shelf (6)

 

https://debbiescancerblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/put-the-book-back-on-the-shelf-5/ – this was my last post about the books I’ve been reading. I’ve only read 4 books in the last couple of weeks, which normally I’d be very happy with, but it is a fair bit less than I’ve been managing so far this year! I’m still ahead of target though. There’s two main reasons I’ve read fewer books than planned – one good, one bad! The good one is that I’ve been on a fair few trips out so I’ve had less time, but those trips have been a lot of fun! The less good reason is that this fortnight I’ve tried reading two books which I really disliked – one of them I was able to complete, but the other one I had to give up on!

The one I gave up on (so haven’t included it in my running total) was the Golden House by Salman Rushdie. I’m not sure why, but I just couldn’t get into it at all – I might give it another go at some point. I’m also always put in mind of Bridget Jones when I think about Rushdie, so that might have something to do with it.

(This next book comes with a big content warning for clerical child abuse)

If I were to give PD James’ Death in Holy Orders an award, it would be for the book which has most annoyed me. There were quite a few things which made me angry, but most of all was the subplot about child abuse and the way it was treated by almost all the other characters – and, I think, the author. I really wouldn’t recommend this to anyone – it’s the first Dalgleish novel I’ve read and I’m not rushing to read anymore.

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In contrast, the other three books I read were all very good! Shameless (by Nadia Bolz-Weber) and Reclaiming Our Space (by Feminista Jones) were both non-fiction works, but I was hooked. I’ve read other books by Nadia (and even met her/sang next to her in the ‘pub’ at Greenbelt!) and this more than lived up to those. She is a wonderful and articulate writer, and Shameless is no exception to that. Reclaiming our Space was also really good – and it was refreshing to read something focusing on the good that social media can do. With both books, I’d have liked to see them go slightly deeper into other areas in addition, particularly how disability can affect these things, but I know that’s really a personal issue I’d like to see spoken about more!

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My final book of March was Lissa Evans ‘Old Baggage”, which I ended up liking a lot more than I thought I would when I started it. It was sometimes a little simplistic but I thought it was well-written and had engaging characters.

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Running Total:  54/130

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