You asked and I’ve sprung into action.
One of my big missions for 2019 is to actually spend more time doing stuff that I love to do andf not for the sake of doing it. By that I mean, much of my job involves social media and then theres this blog and generally ‘being online’. Much of being online is a superficial numbers game (I get that part) and it can be really difficult even when you are a pretty intelligent women, not to get swept up into it. I don’t want to do things because I think other people might like them,. I don’t want to do things in the hopes that more people read this site or “follow me’ on social media - It’s exhausting. This year, I’m working less (Have you read my posts on my 2019 goals? You can see it here if not)
I don’t want This Welsh Mother to feel like a chore or work, which sometimes it has but crucially I know that was my own doing, because I was doing things that didn’t really light me up - and babes that’s not something I want to preach to any of you .
One of my personal little ‘things of enjoyment for 2019’ was to read more books. I love to read but the last two years have been filled with me voraciously reading business type books that would help me advance myself and my business in general. i love them, don’t get me wrong but I really missed just reading for the hell of it. I missed picking up a novel and being unable to put it down. I missed stifling my own tears in bed with a real soppy book. I missed the escapism.
I recently finished my first book for 2019 which was Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Now this isn’t a new to the market book by any means. I actually bought it years ago and it had remained unread in my pile that I always meant to get round to but never seemed to have the time. I loved it. I loved her taking me by the hand along the pacific crest trail, I loved meeting the people she met along the way and exploring some of the harder emotions that hit her as she walked.
I posted on the Facebook page that I had finished my first book of the year (OK, I was feeling pretty smug because I managed to do it in January) and Danielle mentioned starting a book club!
Great flipping idea.
So I’m doing it.
Now, I’ve never really made a book club before - but let’s not let that small point deter us. I’ve searched online and found some choices for our February book and I need you to help me pick.
Here are the choices, which have been pre-selected from a few existing online book clubs that I have found.
This is how it always is
Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it's about the ways this is how it always is: change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don't get to keep them forever.
Dear Mrs Bird
A J Pearce
London, 1941. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance - but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman's Friend magazine. Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back.
The woman in the window
A J Finn
It's been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers. But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened.