My Eyes

It would appear that old middle age is taking its toll.

It seems that I have a complete failure to cross my eyes.

I have been getting headaches when reading – been finding it difficult to adjust focus from long to short – been using my reading glasses (with contact lenses) more and more.

Sixth months ago I started to get serious floaters in my right eye – when I saw flashing lights as well panic set in and I attended the eye emergency room at Northampton General Hospital.  Apparently ‘posterior vitreous detachment’ is normal – sounds odd but it is normal – but the headaches that I had been getting – less normal.

A couple of appointments later and I am tasked with ‘exercises’ I have to look at things getting closer and closer – without allowing them to split into two.  If you are like my better half – this is easy.  He can use my card of dots to the 8th or 9th dot with ease – my eyes hurt from the 3rd dot onwards and I cannot get closer than the 5th – YET.

Next appointments in 3 weeks time.

 

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Live For This – A Review

Live For This is a new novel by Kathryn Biel.

Samirah is a party girl, living on the edge.  Drinking too much and spending time with the wrong people.  Realising that her married boyfriend is not going to leave his wife she begins to re-assess her life.  Before she has 51cgvnoFXeL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_the opportunity to make any life changes events take a turn and she finds herself lost and alone.

Michael is partially paralyzed following a road accident.  Eighteen months on he is coming to terms with his life.  Still missing his ex-fiance he has thrown himself into work.  His family and friends provide a strong support system but he knows that his life is missing something.

Fate brings the two characters together and this book tells of their growing friendship.

The book is strong on character development and the style is reminiscent of a road trip.  The alternating chapters tell the story from the two perspectives and we watch the couple from the outside.  At times I wanted to knock their heads together as they misread each others comments and actions.

The story is well told.  Sam is not a character that I warmed to at the start and there are glimpses throughout the book where she shows an unsavoury side.  At the same time, Michael, nice on the outside is not always honest with his family or even himself about his motives in befriending Sam.  The need to find out if things will end well meant that I read this book in a single sitting.

There is some explicit sexual violence in this book which was difficult to read but it is essential to the story line.

If you want a fairly easy read that focuses on character above all else – this is a book for you.

I received this book as part of an HLC Book Tours tour

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Approval Junkie – a review

Approval Junkie – Faith Salie

I hadn’t heard of Faith Salie when I chose her book.  She is an American journalist, comedian, and radio personality.

Her book is a memoir taking the form of a series of essays.  The title is a thread that runs throughout the book giving a link between good grades, anorexia, a disappointing marriage, and a varied career.

Faith takes us on a journey, signposting the important moments and people in her life.  The tone is always upbeat, even when she talks of sadness.  Sadness at the loss of her Mother, her disastrous first marriage, and her struggle to become a Mother herself.

I read this book in one sitting.  The style is conversational and I found myself wondering what would happen next.  There are no real surprises but that doesn’t stop it from being a page turner.

I found the writing ‘honest’ and I grew to like Faith.  I have even downloaded some podcasts of “Wait, wait … don’t tell me” so that I can experience her in a different way – This programme, and a few other cultural references, was new to me as someone in the United Kingdom.  But my lack of knowledge did not detract from the telling of her story.

If you are looking for a memoir that is written from the heart but still easy to read – this is for you.

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I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

 

Thinking about reviewing

I have been reading a lot of reviewers lately

  • book reviewers
  • beauty product reviewers
  • holiday reviewers

You name it they are out there – Is this something I could do – Let’s see

This Boy – Alan Johnson

I read this book because my book club had decided to discuss it.  I like memoirs but usually head for the ‘celebrity ‘section.  Previous attempts at reading ‘political’ memoirs have left me a bit cold – they seem to be about selling an ideal rather than telling a story.

Not so for Alan Johnson.  He tells a story of growing up in post-war London that takes your breath away.  The level of detail he weaves into his tale means that you can almost smell the poverty, almost taste the despair.  But this is not a tale of ‘woe is me’.  He tells a story of hope.  Hoping to get a council house, to move out of the slums.  Hoping to attend grammar school and enjoy the promised future that could provide.  Hoping that his father will pay his way so that food can be bought.

He tells of a social history that is depressing.  In the near distant past, yet a lifetime away.  Reading this book it is impossible to think of Johnson becoming anything other than a worker for social justice.

Don’t get me wrong – there are lighter moments when he talks of love – love for his family and love of his city.  His life may have been grim but growing up in London in the 50s and 60s brought plenty of excitement.  It is interesting to read of times and events that we see as established history through the eyes of a young boy.

Whether you like the man or you just want a snapshot of the time – I recommend this book without reservation.