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Monday, 4 April 2011

Day Four: Favourite Book

These days I hardly read at all. Even what I read online, I’m only able to skim and I have trouble comprehending all but the most simple of concepts, beyond a paragraph or two, now. Sometimes I can look at a two paragraph letter and it can seem totally incomprehensible, as though it was written in Swahili. If I try to read a book, it’s a long-haul at never more than a page or two at a time, but my brain won’t allow any more than that and my wrist won’t let me hold the book any longer either. (Maybe a Kindle would help with the latter.)

imageSo it seems daft that I couldn’t come up with a definite winner in this category, but whittled it down to these two which tie for the honour:

The Autobiography of Henry VIII

By Margaret George

Having spent most of my growing up years only a couple of miles away from Hampton Court, Henry VIII seems almost like an old friend.

On many a Sunday or Bank Holiday, a friend and I would walk to the palace from Sunbury, often alongside the river on the very route that this book describes Henry himself walking. Give or take 500 years, it feels almost as if I could easily have bumped into him en route.

Of course it’s fictionalised, which makes it all the more readable, but unlike recent TV depictions of his life (which is so utterly dreadful and so far from true, I’m offended on Henry’s behalf), this appears to have some basis in reality.

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I'm a Stranger Here Myself

By Deric Longden

I’ve actually read every book that Deric Longden has written, from his account of his first wife’s struggle with what was later diagnosed as ME as well as his many books about his cats. It was fairly certain, therefore, that we would share a common interest in the subject matter. The main reason though is because I like Longden’s style of writing – his ability to write about mundane and everyday stuff and make it compellingly interesting. His ability to find the humour in Diana’s illness and death, or his mother’s decline from strokes, whilst not overstepping respectful boundaries, is a great achievement and one I’d love to emulate. Here he’s at his best.

(This is one of a series of posts following this 30 Day Challenge, which really isn’t at all challenging. It’s also quite adolescent, but is just meant as fun.)

2 comments:

sand625 said...

A kindle makes a HUGE difference, or rather it has for me. I'm reading again for the first time in years :) mostly vampire chick lit lol but I have managed to finish King's Under the dome & read last months reading group author for the first time in years.
Not familiar with Deric L will have to check him out. Same title as a Bryson book...

Pamela said...

Thanks, I'm glad to have confirmation that the Kindle can make the necessary difference in cases like ours. I don't know why I've been hesitating to buy it really, but I'm now placing the order.

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