Books I’ve been reading


I love it when I read a book that it so brilliant that I want to tell everyone about it and I just happen to have read a few of those recently. This is why, whilst I don’t tend to do that many random books I’ve read posts, I am today. In no particular order, these are the books I really want everyone to read:

  • The Unexpected Truth About Animals by Lucy Cooke I’ve been desperately waiting for this to come out in paperback and finally grabbed a copy from Waterstones to bring with me on my three week rehab programme. It’s easy to read and filled with fascinating information about 13 different animals. There have been so many bits and pieces that I’ve read out loud to whichever long suffering carer has been with me. I’d highly recommend reading this even if you don’t think of yourself as a nature or animal person.
  • This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel One of my carers recommended this book to me and when I looked it up I bought it straight away. It is a really well told story of a family and a small boy who feels he is a girl. It’s about how the different family members react and adapt and how society reacts. Interestingly, and I didn’t know until after reading the book, Frankel has first hand experience of being a parent with a transgender child although she does stress that this is not her story, that this is fiction.


  • The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell I devoured this book and promptly told everyone I know about it and I wish I could send copies to all my friends.  This is a true story which sees Tom as a young man heading off to Argentina to take up a teaching post.  At some point in his travels he rescues a penguin but when he goes to release it, the penguin has other ideas and keeps returning to his side.  Not sure what else to do, Tom and the penguin head back to the school, venturing through customs, and in very little time at all the penguin is a much loved fixture at the school.  All of this is going on at an interesting time in Argentinian politics and Tom has got the right balance of penguin and politics.  I defy you not to fall in love with Juan Salvador, penguin extraordinaire!



  • The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth – a saunter through some of the interesting bits of English.  Where did words come from and how did phrases come about.  I struggled to put it down!


a page from The Unexpected Truth About Animals 

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