Recent reading

The holiday break has given me the chance to catch up on some reading – here’s what I’ve been enjoying lately:

What are you doing here

A non-fiction book by Janet Wainscott, on how she coped with her mother’s developing Alzheimers and the effect it had on their relationship – poignant tale, told with love and compassion.


Amish Gift

Enjoyable light reading from Cynthia Keller about a family who move to an Amish community after the husband loses his job – maybe a tad on the naive side (I found myself thinking, if only life always worked out so well!), but engaging enough for all that 🙂

Olive Sisters

“When Adrienne’s marketing company goes down, her lifestyle does too. She retreats from the city to the beautiful, abandoned olive grove once owned by her Italian grandparents. A ‘tree change’ isn’t what Adrienne has in mind, however, and life in the country delivers some surprises as she confronts the past and learns the secrets of the Olive Sisters.”

Thoroughly enjoyed this one – set in Australia, well written with nice touches of humour.

Lone Wolf

“Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: his dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara.”

I really enjoy Jodi Picoult’s books, and this was no exception – good story with a nice twist towards the end.

Zentangle Untangled

This has been my ‘go to’ book so far to learn about Zentangling!

My very favourite, though, is this one, which I just finished today:

Island Wife

“Island Wife tells the story of Judy, who, at 19, met her Wild Pioneer, Alex.  He whisked her off into an adventure, a marriage of forty years, and a life on a remote Hebridean island.  Along the way, she bears five children, learns how to run a farm and a hotel, and starts a recording studio and the island’s first whale watching business with her husband – all the while inventively making fraying ends meet.  When her children start to leave home, things fall apart and there is sadness and joy in how she puts them back together.  Judy tells her story in a clear and unique voice – in turn funny, unforgettable and intensely moving.”

I giggled, laughed out loud, and cried as I read this book (it’s non-fiction, by the way) – really amazing story of an incredibly hard life with many frustrations, but told with such humour and honesty:  really, really recommend it! 🙂

And I’m sure you’ll understand that with not being able to put down Island Wife today, there hasn’t been any time for Zentangling! (Nor any photography, for that matter …) But tomorrow is always another day 🙂

2 thoughts on “Recent reading

    • Thanks, Fay, I did! Some nice quirky stuff there, isn’t there? I’m enjoying exploring Zentangling, and the more I do it, the more I understand why they refer to it as meditative – it really is quite calming!


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