January’s Reading Round UP

I can’t believe it is the start of Februay already.  January seems to have whizzed by.

So here I am, already into month two of my year of challenges and trying new things.  One such area is reading.  You can see more about the two reading challenges I have set myself here, and here.

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H is for….


…High-Intensity Reading.  And what a read indeed.  I could not put this book down, even when I was not reading.  It became for me like my very own hawk – always watching and waiting in the room, ever present, until I could next pick it up again.

Helen Macdonald’s award winning book, H is for Hawk is the story of how she comes to terms with the death of her father, while also, and because of her time spent, training a goshawk.  It is a magnificent account of the intricacies of falconry, as well as a highly personal confession about one of the most difficult things someone can experience.  A complete page turner, I recommend this book unreservedly.

Read on if you would like to know more detail about my thoughts.  I have tried to avoid plot spoilers, but have included quotes and references to material throughout the book.

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What will I be reading in 2016?

Some of you will know about my 2016 Reading Challenge.  I have settled on my list (although I reserve the right to change my mind – particularly about the penultimate category!).

I have very much enjoyed thinking about my choices.  Some came to me instantly, as you will see below.  Others took more research, weighing up, or general pondering.  But now that I am finished, I am delighted wth the overall collection.  It will be a good set to contribute to my goal of reading at least 50 books in the year as a whole.

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Travel Essentials

When I travel south to visit my family and friends this week, I will be away for seven days.  Not very long in the grand scheme of things.  But long enough to warrant proper consideration about what to take in the way of ‘hobby-related’ items.

I always over-estimate how much time I will have to read, knit, sketch etc whenever I go away.  But on the other hand, a holiday to me seems like the ideal time to allow oneself to be inspired by new places and new things.  So I don’t want there to be a moment when I am not fully prepared!

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