Saturday, February 5, 2011

What i’ve read-January 2011

  Ah, a busy month, this one. With Christmas and Frosty’s birthday just behind me, Oods’ birthday looming, four orders to complete and the MIL here for a fortnight reading time was at a premium.

Hungry Planet, Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio. An absolute must-read, this is about the fifth time i’ve borrowed it out. Putting the German family’s photo next to the Sudanese refugees in Chad is the perfect example of how politics, not lack of food, leads to hunger. Definitely something that will put you in your place on a petulant day.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig (DNF)-Didn’t have enough brain for this one-some tantalising ideas to ponder, but not enough brain space left to give them credit. I gave up about halfway through, but will definitely try again in a couple of years.

Someone Else’s Child, Sue Phillips-Story of surrogate pregnancy from the surrogate’s view. Rather simplistic, but interesting nonetheless.

Texas, Sarah Hay-Novel, an easy read but with more substance than the ghastly chick-lit.

Enlightenment for Beginners, Anne Cushman-Novel, somewhat disappointing but I think that’s only because i’ve seen it recommended in a few places so expected more. Worth a read though.

How to go Carbon Neutral, Mark Brassington-A good one of it’s kind-it’s a lot more no-nonsense and much less wishy-washy than most books of eco-tips.

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