Thursday, 27 March 2014

this week's books


My reading has been a bit slow the last couple of weeks. In the evenings I have that difficult decision to make - do I read or do I craft? Do you have the same dilemma? Except, of course, when I am tucked up in bed either at night or in the morning there is no decision to be made - out comes my book (and, as of late, my reading glassess too!)

At the moment I am reading the above book, 'Bad Science' by Ben Goldacre. Ben is a medical doctor who unpicks the scientific and medical claims made by many drug companies and other advocates of less conventional medical treatments. A whole chapter of his book is devoted to Gillian McKeith. This book is a highly enjoyable read; Ben introduces and explains the process for conducting scientifically sound trials of 'new' medical/nutritional treatments but in a way that lay people can understand. It will certainly change your thinking of all those sensational high impact articles in the media loudly proclaiming that Vitamin X or pill Z will make you more intelligent, live longer and give you a better love life!!

I recently finished the above book 'Brideshead Revisited' - I blogged about it here saying how much I was looking forward to it but in truth I was a bit disappointed with it.

Like many other converts to the kindle,I absolutely love mine. It is so convenient for reading in the dark, on those winter mornings when I am awake before the sun rises and great for popping in your bag - you never know when you might get a moment to read!

The book above is one I picked up from a charity shop, 'Now we are sixty (and a bit)' by Christopher Matthew.  The book cover has been designed to look a bit tatty. The book itself is full of amusing poems and pencil drawings. Here is one below.

And here is another example - you may just be able to read it.

And of course, being a lover of yarn, I do like the drawing below - the London underground marked out by wool!

Do you like reading? Have you a favourite book? What are you reading at the moment?
Happy reading


  1. I like reading too but haven't had much time for reading books since having the girls. I have many favourites, one of them is The Orchid Thief by Susan Orleans. I have tried reading Brideshead Revisited (my husband' recommendation) but also found it disappointing and I'm afraid to say I gave up halfway through the book.
    Have a lovely weekend!

    1. Having young children takes up pretty much all your free time! I haven't heard of The Orchid Thief - thanks for the recommendation, I'm always keen to hear what books other people have enjoyed. I recently read "American Wife" by Curtis Sittenfeld which was good, based loosely on Laura Bush.
      Have a good weekend too!

  2. I love the London Underground in yarn too, wonderful. I know what you mean about the craft or read dilemma. Never enough time! I like to read children's books from time to time to see what they are into. I've loved Philip Pullmans's His Dark Materials trilogy. Northern Lights is the first one, and it's brilliant, so beautifully written.

    1. Thank you for your comment CJ. I have never read a Philip Pullman book but do intend to one day. I had a look at your blog - it made me smile, we too have muddy weekends of cross country and football and we have a house full of lego (posted about both at some time) - dare I say, I even sent my eldest son 2 lego minifigures this week - and he is at university! It's a timeless classic, and mixed in with all the new are some of the pieces my brother and I played with as children.
      Have a good weekend - hope the football is successful!
      Caz xx

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