March 2017 Reads

It has been a long time since I’ve done this, so this post is more than overdue. I started my degree, started another course at the same time, finished up the play I was working on, and then got completely swamped by Christmas and the New Year, my Brother’s wedding… Needless to say, life got a little busy, and in keeping on top of the essential stuff, I let my blog slide a little. It started as a mini-postponement as I found my reading time was being squeezed out, and then I was simply out of the routine and found it hard to know how to dive back in, even though it has been constantly on my mind!

2017 has, so far, been mostly made up of audiobooks. I love audiobooks for their convenience, and their ability to accompany me while I do other things: garden, commute, do the housework, cook, etc.

51wrzhapctl-_sl300_Andrew Marr’s A History of the World has been fascinating. He covers parts of history that I never knew existed, as well as taking well-known parts of history and showing their repercussions into the future. In the introduction, he estimates that he has compiled this history of the world from around 2,000 books – amazing!


51wrxcvfhvl-_sl300_On the theme of human history, I have just begun listening to Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. So far, extremely intrigued! You don’t need to look far online to find a lot of praise for this book. I’m looking forward to following it with his sequel, Homo Deus, which was released in paperback a little over a week ago.


51fgyclm1gl-_sl300_Also on my ‘to listen’ list is The Stand by Stephen King. It has long been one of my favourite of the King novels. It is a lengthy book but packed full of action. A great post-apocalyptic novel. Just don’t listen to it on the tube – you’ll get freaked out when the person next to you starts coughing…


51v-zdqvwll-_sl300_My most recent Audible download has been Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection with an introduction written and narration by Stephen Fry. That I could download this 71-hour, £69.99 audiobook for one monthly credit was hugely exciting and makes it my guilty pleasure for the month.



May 2016 Reads

May has been a disjointed month, and so I have not been able to get in as much reading time as I would have liked.

cover75680-mediumFirst, a week away visiting my partner’s family, which was lovely and relaxing.  Lots of food, and a little sunshine.  I took an advance copy of Rob Ewing’s ‘The Last of Us’ with me.  Wow.  I loved this book.  You can read my review of it here.



26144670Then, after a conversation with my partner about having another string to one’s bow (I work in Theatre, and often feel as though I don’t know how to do anything else), he found me a copy of ‘Starting Out With Python’ by Tony Gaddis.  I’ve been working my way through it, and it turns out that coding is actually kind of fun!  The book is very well structured, taking you through the basics and slowly building upon them at a pace that allows you to fully understand what you are doing before moving onto the next step.

The rest of the month has been consumed with staging a new musical at a performing arts academy.  Fit-up and tech week (bringing all the equipment and set into the theatre, setting it up, and programming it to do all the things required for the show) ate up almost all the hours in the day for the last couple of weeks.  Nevertheless, I have managed to start another book.

26150770So now I am contemplating the ultimate question (for which Douglas Adams fans will know the answer is “42”) with the help of an advance copy of ‘The Big Picture’ by Sean Carroll.  This is a 480-page beast, so I’m anticipating that it will take me a couple of weeks to read.  Still, as someone who has an interest in reading popular science books, especially those on the mind-bending concepts of quantum physics, I am looking forward to exploring Sean Carroll’s ideas and philosophies.

Next month sees me start another theatre production, so I’m fulling expecting my reading time to contract for a few weeks.  On the plus side, I will be part of bringing another storytelling experience to life.

In April I read an advance copy of ‘My Name is Leon’ by Kit de Waal.  It will be published on 2nd June, and my review of it will be posted the same day.

What have you read this month?