What I’ve Been Reading Recently…

Today I thought I would take a minute and talk about books. I haven’t been talking about them enough on here, recently plus I’ve been reading some delightful ones! Now that school is over I find myself with the sudden capacity to inhale fiction again. It’s certainly not the healthiest long-term diet, but after being deprived of pretty much all voluntary fictional reading for a very long time, I’m letting myself indulge for a little bit. 😀 So here’s a wee snapshot overview of some wonderful fiction books that I’ve been enjoying in the past week or so.

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Call the Midwife – by Jennifer Worth

During this lock down period I have been watching a lot of episodes of the hit TV series ‘Call the Midwife’. I’ve now watched almost all of the series, and have become enamored with the wonderful characters and story line. Needless to say, I was really excited to get my hands on this book – the beautifully written memoirs of a young midwife during the late 1950s in inner city London. The stories she tells are gritty and tragic at times, but oh so beautiful and heart-warming! Her writing is vivid and captivating, and my heart was captured by the stories she tells of those she met during her work. Simply put, I loved this book and I highly recommend it – it is a read you will not forget easily.

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Charlotte’s Web – by E.B. White

One of the many perks of being at home is the fact that I get to help with the schooling of my younger sisters. I read this book to my 8 yo sister over a week or so, and was reminded afresh of the beauty and quality that can be found in children’s literature. This book is full of charm, gentle humour and delight from cover to cover! It’s been many years since I first read this book, but rereading it aloud was like meeting with an old friend again. I just love this story, and the joy and pathos that it contains. It reminds me of summer evenings and the wonder of childhood and imagination and beauty that springs out where you least expect it to. Read, or reread this book – you won’t be disappointed! 

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

I’ve heard this book’s title being thrown around for quite a while now, but this week was the first time I actually sat down and read it. It did not disapoint! This book deals with some incredibly difficult issues – abuse, alcoholism, and loneliness to name just a few. But it does so in such a starkly beautiful way that one can’t help be but enthralled by the story that plays out. The reality of being totally alone in this world is both sobering and saddening – and it reminds me of just how deeply we humans crave for relationship. We are made for relationships, and when we are deprived of them our lives so often spiral downwards helplessly. This book reminded me that so many are so desperate for human interaction – I want to move forward being more aware of those who live life on their own. This book is full of tear-jerking moments (both sad and happy tears!) and I both enjoyed reading it and was challenged by it – a great combination!

There you have it – a few fiction books that I’ve really enjoyed recently! Next week I’ll be starting up a new job, so I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for reading moving forward. But in the meantime I’m going to see how many more books I can cram in! 😀 

I’d love to hear what fiction books have been giving you joy recently! Let’s chat all things fiction in the comments! 🙂 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading Recently…

  1. Ooo, I love Charlotte’s Web (E. B. White was one of my earliest inspirations) but I’ve never read the others.
    One book I recently read that totally spoke to my heart was Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. I LOVED the frank discussion of deep topics combined with the incredibly slow pace of small farm town life.

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