Friday, January 3, 2014

Reading List

Boy, am I ever collecting a stack of books in my "to read" list. But reading just hasn't been easy ever since last summer when my cataracts caused such a ruckus, then the surgeries, then along comes this dumb stupid vertigo stuff.

I miss reading terribly.

But I think things are settling down a bit around here and I've cracked open a few books today and have started to triage which I'd like to finish first. Here's what I've come up with so far.

-- Radical Acceptance: Embracing your life with the heart of a buddha by Tara Branch, Ph.D.

This book has been recommended to me by several friends, all of whom have had to face significant changes in their lives and felt the need for additional strategies to deal with them.

Here's a paragraph from the back cover: "Radical Acceptance does not mean self-indulgence or passivity. Instead it empowers genuine change: healing fear and shame and helping to build loving, authentic relationships. When we stop being at war with ourselves, we are free to live fully every precious moment of our lives."

--  Tales From The Dry Side by Christine Molloy

Ms. Molloy also authors a blog entitled Thoughts and Ramblings on Life, Love, and Health and was kind enough to send me a copy of her book, which I am eager to read. It's a collection of stories shared by thirteen Sjogren's syndrome patients.

"Written by Sjögren's sufferers from various regions of the United States and Canada and including a foreword by Steven Taylor, CEO of the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation, Tales From the Dry Side brings you thirteen courageous men and women who share their journey with diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment of Sjögren's, as well as candid portraits of how this illness has affected their families, their personal lives, and their careers. This book brings hope and comfort to the millions suffering from Sjögren's syndrome and to those who suffer from any of the eighty other identified autoimmune diseases, as well as to anyone faced with overwhelming obstacles."

--  Then there's all of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes books written by Laurie King. Hoo boy. I love these things. But they're best read in order, and I've only read the first few. Here's a link to all of these books on Amazon.

This should be fun.

What are you reading these days?


Sue said...

Happy New Year! Right now I am reading a Duncan Kincaid mystery by Deborah Crombie. When that is finished, I have a Christmas mystery by Anne Perry. I also have a book by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell in the line up. I have about 15 books on my reading list. My e reader is going to get a real workout this year. Most of what I read are mysteries and thrillers. I will try to get Christine's book from, I read her blog and it looks interesting.

Karen said...

The Extraordinary Life of Henrietta Lacks is very good. About the African American woman from whom the famous 'Hela' cells were taken from without her permission. This was back in the late 40s I think. Many good scientific breakthroughs and discoveries came from scientist studying her cells; however they were taken without her permission. The family didn't know her cells were famous for 20 yrs. Very interesting.

Julie said...

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is on the top of my pile. I have a number of books, to read, in fact! I love historically based fiction.

Annette said...

I just finished Poison Flower by Thomas Perry. It's about Jane Whitfield, a woman who helps people disappear from their old lives. Very interesting series.
The Beekeepers Apprentice is one of my all-time favourites. I had to twist my friend's arm to read it and she loved it too.
Just started the new Ian Rankin. Oh and a friend gave us the complete Breaking Bad - all 5 seasons and we are enjoying it immensely after season 1. Some people say it doesn't really become gripping until season 3 but I'm hooked now, and then there's Downton Abbey as a back up

Happy Reading
I enjoyed your Christmas blogging

Heda said...

Anything about the Camino. It's a dream of mine for 2015. One - by the way - that is completely and totally do-able- she says with absolute confidence!

Christine said...

Happy reading!! I hope you enjoy Tales From the Dry Side and I love the photo, thanks!