August Reading 

August reading a slower month of reading a result of getting back to routines and the start of Mum’s Taxi again. But I did read this month one of my favourite books of the year. The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett which I highly recommend. It took a few chapters to get into it but once I did I just loved it. Such a clever thought provoking book about what your life might be if you had took a different route in life. You see a couple with three views about what life might have been for them. And there are twists and turns all the way.

So the August list is:

1. Where my heart used to beat by Sebastian Faulks.

2. Broken Heart by Tim Weaver.

3. The Lost Swimmer by Ann Turner.

4. Whispering Shadows by Jan Phillip Sendker

5. The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett.

6. The Butchers Hook by Janet Ellis.

7. Putin’s Russia by Anna Politkoskaya.

My book challenge for August was to read a banned book and I chose Putin’s Russia by Anna Politkoskaya banned in Russia.  I have always been fascinated by Russia and studied it’s history and politics at University. Russia as a country never seems to  change from Czarist times to Communist to “Democracy” they seem drawn to revere their leaders like mini gods. And said leaders rule with an iron fist and a strong secret police force. Putin is one such leader and although this book was less about him personally and more about citizens living in Russia. It was a scary read and I felt nothing has really changed for Russia. And the author was then assassinated for her opposition to the Chechyn war and Putin. I despise Donald Trump for many many reasons. Just when you think he can’t come out with anything worse he does. This week he spoke of his admiration for Putin as a strong leader. Perhaps he might find reading this book changes his mind. Or maybe he does just open his mouth and spout out what comes to mind. Putin is a strong leader if fear is strength but who wants to live in a country of fear? Is this the new America Trump really wants? Anyway a fascinating book from a lady who put her life literally on the line for the strength of her convictions. 

I am really enjoying my 2016 reading challenge as it is challenging my reading and making me read and explore different topics I would never have done otherwise. Next month’s challenge is a book that I previously abandoned which gives me lost of scope and a challenge as I normally abandon a book for a good reason. Life is too short but I will give it a go.


About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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