Facebook Reading Challenge – October choice

Hey, get me! Two posts in one week – can’t remember the last time I managed that! Perhaps I am emerging from the Covid doldrums and rediscovering my motivation again. I like to dip into so-called ‘self-help’ or motivational books from time to time. It can give you a bit of a refresh, an opportunity to reflect on the way you do or approach things, and there is never any harm in that. Earlier this year (yes, during THAT period when time lost all meaning) I read Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés and it has had the most profound effect on me. I dip into it every now and then (I have marked and highlighted so many pages that inspired me) and it continues to provide a unique kind of nourishment.

Recently I discovered on one of our less visited bookshelves at home, a copy of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s not the kind of book I would usually go for (though at one time when I was all about my career I definitely would have done) and neither my husband or I have any idea where it came from. I expected to read a chapter or two and then toss it aside, assuming it would be all business-y and ’80s, but I’m actually really enjoying it and getting some useful ideas from it. Yes, there is a lot about management in it, but primarily it’s about personal mastery, and who couldn’t use a bit of that from time to time.

I digress, since this post is meant to be about October’s choice for my Facebook Reading Challenge. I have posted my less than enthusiastic review of last month’s choice (The Unbearable Lightness of Being) and after struggling with the rather heavy philosophical content, I am delighted that this month’s theme is classic children’s fiction! Yay! I love children’s books and try to read at least one every month or two. I haven’t read one for a while – perhaps that is another reason I’ve been feeling under par – so I am very much looking forward to this one.

The book I have chosen is Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. Published in 1981, it is set during the Second World War and concerns the relationship between William, a young boy from London, evacuated from his home, where he has been ill-treated by his mother, and Tom, a widower in his sixties, in whose care William is placed. It was made into a film in 1998, starring John Thaw as Mister Tom, which has been recommended to me too.

So, that is definitely going to be a treat during what is, in my view, the most beautiful time of the year.

Conkers – one of my very favourite things! (Image by Elsemagriet from Pixabay)

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2 thoughts on “Facebook Reading Challenge – October choice”

  1. I am so happy I came across your blog. It is few and far between that books have a profound effect on me and yet I am always looking for them! I also think it’s good to switch up reading different genres because it helps you to appreciate your favorite genres even more AND it’s an excellent way to open your mind and learn new things. I wanted to recommend a visionary/metaphysical fiction book to you that I finished earlier in the month that definitely spoke to me and has stuck in my mind. It’s called “Journey: A Novel” by Andrew Zimmerman (http://andrewzimmermanbooks.com/). The book is about a spiritual awakening that happens in the most wonderful way – through travel! Paul is a successful corporate drone who takes his family for granted and seems to just be living for his job. An unexpected trip to Glastonbury, England to visit friends opens his eyes to a world of soul readers, purpose seekers, and spirituality. He returns home with a whole new perspective and it’s hard for him to go back to “normal” and forget what he’s learned on his trip as well as who he met. This is actually book 1 in a trilogy that will be coming out and I can’t wait to see what happens next. This was a fiction book that felt so real to life and so possible. Being drawn to energies and the search for the unknown is fascinating to me and I think you will really enjoy this book. If you read it I would like to know your thoughts. Happy Reading!

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