These are the books I read in 2017 with my ratings – 11 fiction and 14 non-fiction:
These are the books I read in 2017 with my ratings – 11 fiction and 14 non-fiction:
|How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease||Michael Greger||★★★★★|
|The Museum of Modern Love||Heather Rose||★★★★★|
|Good Morning Midnight||Lily Brooks-Dalton||★★★★★|
|Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret||Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn||★★★★★|
|Green Kitchen Travels||David Frenkel and Luise Vindahl||★★★★★|
|Life On Earth||Mike Dooley||★★★★|
|Healing from Family Rifts: Ten Steps to Finding Peace After Being Cut Off from a Family Member||Mark Sichel||★★★★|
|Beyond the Rock||Janelle McCulloch||★★★|
|The Book of Joy||The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams||★★★|
|The Whistler||John Grisham||★★★|
|The Desire Map||Danielle LaPorte||★★★|
|The Course of Love||Alain de Botton||★★★|
|How to be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living||Rob Bell||★★★|
|How to Live a Good Life||Jonathan Fields||★★★|
|A Whole Life||Robert Seethaler||★★★|
|The Fast Diet Cookbook||John Chatham||★★★|
|My Italian Bulldozer||Alexander McCall Smith||★★★|
|Hiding in Plain Sight||Susan Lewis||★★|
|Kissed by a Deer||Margi Gibb||★★|
|The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work||Jon Gordon||★★|
|Fight Like a Girl||Clementine Ford||★|
I admit that I had not heard about Clementine Ford until earlier this year. As the person who books the speakers at a public library, I came across her while searching for suitable people for our author events.
I was intrigued by the title of her book Fight Like a Girl and reserved the print and digital copies to prepare for a possible future introduction. I still had not come across her in any media because I must tailor my feeds to see other things.
Our event booked out quickly and unfortunately due to a ‘minor bingle’ in her car on the way to us, the event was abandoned with apologies to the keen audience. We rescheduled to a later date. This booked out immediately as well, so the eagerness to hear her message was solid.
I read the book! And hated it. My review on Goodreads:
“Clementine Ford obviously does not comprehend the evocative power of words because this toxic rant does nothing towards bettering equality for all human beings. Remove the meaningless and unintelligent profanities and the book’s actual content is reduced to a third. And most of what is left is tacky personal confession a wise person would leave in the scribbled complaints of a school girl’s diary; and not made public. In her epilogue she proudly states that “this book is a love letter to the girls.” There is no love in this book!”
The last book I recall hating with as much feeling was How It Feels by Brendan Cowell back in 2010 and here is that review.
Of course I am all for equality and women’s rights; indeed human rights. I know women are treated badly throughout the world. Clementine’s message is nothing new when it comes to feminism. Is she just getting attention because of her poor language? I love to be challenged by new thoughts, so it’s not about holding fast to quaint old views, but there seems to be a huge shortage of manners, respect, courtesy, and dare I say actual femininity.
I hand-balled the hosting task to a lovely quiet gentlemanly male colleague, who did his research then introduced her with warm thoughtful and well-considered words. What a guy! His introduction and the provocative talk by Clementine were appreciated by the crowd.
Profanities lack intelligence I think. They are aggressive blockers of conversation. Politics aside, I used to enjoy Paul Keating’s colourful and inventive sledging when he was in government. His wit and ingenious use of vocabulary left others mouths agape.
I must get on to my next read in preparation Music and Freedom – sounds promising.
Given my recent lack of regularity with posting to my blog, I’m sure I won’t succeed with the challenge to blog every week. The most I have posted was back in 2008, the first year of my blog, when I posted 33 times. But here goes … #glamblogweekly #libblogweekly
These are the books I read in 2016 with my ratings – 18 non-fiction and 12 fiction:
All of the books that make it to the reading challenge list I did actually read to the end. Books I Did Not Finish aren’t listed.
These selections have been influenced by:
GoodReads is a fantastic online tool for keeping track of your reading and I have been using it for the last couple of years. By contrast LibraryThing is great for recommending books that suit your reading and uses crowd tagging extremely effectively.
I used the reading challenge within GoodReads setting my goal at 50 books for the year. I am not an especially fast reader and tend to abandon a book if it doesn’t grab me in the first chapter. With this challenge I was encouraged to read books to the end, and this worked well for the most part. I read 28 non-fiction books; 10 fiction books; and I did not finish (abandoned) 4. Only two received five-star ratings: one non-fiction and one fiction.
Also note the prevalence of self-help books. This is no surprise as it is a genre that I have always been fond of reading, ever since my father first introduced me to the book “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale. The last two years have been a challenging time for me personally trying to come to terms with the deaths of my mother and father, and life without them.
This tendency to read self-help books has been validated by the efforts of the Reading Agency in the United Kingdom, where their “Books on Prescription” program and the “Mood Boosting Books” program show the power of reading to lift us up out of habitual and damaging thought patterns.
So here are my results in order of preference:
|1||The Goldfinch||Donna Tartt||✪✪✪✪✪|
|2||An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth||Chris Hadfield||✪✪✪✪✪|
|3||Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment||Katrina Kenison||✪✪✪✪|
|4||10 Day Detox Diet Success: How to succeed on the 10 Day Detox Diet||Mark Hyman M.D.||✪✪✪✪|
|5||Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster||Jon Krakauer||✪✪✪✪|
|6||Love With A Chance of Drowning||Torre DeRoche||✪✪✪✪|
|7||The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet||Nina Teicholz||✪✪✪✪|
|8||The Fast Diet||Michael Mosley||✪✪✪|
|9||Paris Letters||Janice Macleod||✪✪✪|
|10||Why Mindfulness is Better Than Chocolate: Your Guide to Inner Peace, Enhanced Focus and Deep Happiness||David Michie||✪✪✪|
|11||The Tenth Door: An Adventure Through the Jungles of Enlightenment||Michele Hebert||✪✪✪|
|12||Walk Like a Buddha: Even If Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex is Torturing You, and You’re Hungover Again||Lodro Rinzler||✪✪✪|
|13||The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife||Marianne Williamson||✪✪✪|
|15||Bringing the Sacred to Life: the Daily Practice of Zen Ritual||John Daido Loori||✪✪✪|
|16||The Beethoven Factor: the New Positive Psychology of Hardiness, Happiness, Healing and Hope||Paul Pearsall||✪✪✪|
|17||The Power (The Secret #2)||Rhonda Byrne||✪✪✪|
|18||Gone Girl||Gillian Flynn||✪✪✪|
|19||Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting||Dr. Wayne Dyer||✪✪✪|
|20||The Best of Me||Nicholas Sparks||✪✪✪|
|21||The Gospel of Joy||Amanda Gore||✪✪✪|
|22||A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose||Eckhart Tolle||✪✪✪|
|23||Radical Forgiveness||Colin C. Tipping||✪✪✪|
|24||Using LinkedIn||Patrice-Anne Rutledge||✪✪✪|
|25||The Inside-Out Revolution: the Only Thing You Need to Know to Change Your Life Forever||Michael Neill||✪✪✪|
|26||E-Squared: Nine Do It Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality||Pam Grout||✪✪✪|
|27||Still Alice||Lisa Genova||✪✪|
|28||Fitlosophy 1: chasing Physical perfection in a World of Gluttony||Sharny Kieser||✪✪|
|29||The Breakthrough Experience: A Revolutionary New Approach to Personal Transformation||John F. Demartini||✪✪|
|30||What Westerners Have for Breakfast: Five Years in Goa||John McBeath||✪✪|
|31||Dying to Know: Is There Life After Death||Josh Langley||✪✪|
|32||The Husband’s Secret||Liane Moriarty||✪✪|
|33||A Long Way Down||Nick Hornby||✪✪|
|34||Why Is God Laughing? The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism||Deepak Chopra||✪✪|
|35||My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side||Elisa Medhus M.D.||✪✪|
|36||Driving Under the Influence||Jenna Martin||✪|
|37||Elizabeth is Missing||Emma Healey||✪|
|38||Sisters of Spicefield||Fran Cusworth||✪|
|39||Blink: the Power of Thinking Without Thinking||Malcolm Gladwell||abandoned|
|40||The Cuckoo’s Calling||Robert Galbraith||abandoned|
|41||The Word Exchange||Alena Graedon||abandoned|
|42||After Darkness||Christine Piper||abandoned|
I plan to use GoodReads again to challenge myself once again in 2015 and I think that the target of 50 books remains a good one for me.
So I spent an afternoon traipsing around the city shops of Melbourne in search of two particular books. I asked at the desks and eventually conceded that these two titles were not currently available in print. Neither were old or obscure titles. I want to support local businesses in preference to large multi-national companies that monopolise the market. Alas this was not possible.
The next day when seated at my desk with blisters on my feet I quickly and easily and cheaply downloaded the two ebook versions onto my iPad. I find that my eBook shelf is gradually filling up (if that is possible?!) Talking with colleagues at work, who share a love of books, reading, and techno-gadgets, we compare our eBook experiences. One person deletes the books she buys after she has read them assuming they remain on her invisible purchases sitting in ‘the cloud’. None of us seem to mind what format the book is in, and ultimately it is all about the content and getting our hands on it when we want it.
On my iBooks shelf
On my Bluefire Reader shelf
53 documents (either PDFs or ePubs)
Relating to work, food & health, and study