November’s Reading

November took me up to 119 books of the year.  But it was a very average reading month none of the books really setting the heather alight apart from the challenge book which I hated but it did challenge me. So here is the list and the scores on the doors:

1. The Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood -3/5

2. All for nothing by Walter Kempowski – 4/5

3. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty – 3/5

4. The Hebridean Storm by Libby Patterson – 3/5

5. The Sell Out by Paul Beatty -3/5

6. After the Lie by Kerry Fisher -3/5

7. Orphans of War by Leah Fleming -3/5

8. The Stornoway Way by Kevin McNeil -3/5

My challenge for the month was to read a book that intimidates me. My husband who has always tried to get me to read The Lord of the Rings suggested it or the Hobbit. But in truth it doesn’t intimidate me the subject matter is of no interest what so ever and the films are good for insomnia they send me straight to sleep. The Manbooker book intimidates me though so I read this years winner. It was a difficult read. Firstly and most importantly as I was in shock over the USA election result. And this book graphically depicts why America is so divided right now. It made uncomfortable reading. And that was my second reason. I didn’t enjoy this book and it’s subject matter scared me. However that is a good thing as we are living in times that scare me too and if you just read what makes you comfortable what do you learn from it? Would I have read this book if it wasn’t for the reading challenge? No. Would I have finished it if it wasn’t for the challenge? No. Am I glad I read it? No not glad but grateful as it challenged me and made me see things from others points of view. It is easy to surround yourself with similar people with similar views. And then 2016 takes you by surprise. But in order to understand it you need to see the view from all however uncomfortable that makes you feel. This book did that for me. It doesn’t make me less scared about the future but it does make me realise that those of us who want to see positive change for all can’t just sit back and do nothing. We have to act just as Brendan Cox said so eloquently in his Christmas speech.


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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