As the holidays approach it’s hard to find time to do any reading. I haven’t even been using my commuting time to read because I’ve been crocheting Christmas tree stocking decorations instead. My NCT group from when Jack was born has had two new babies this year and it’s a bit of a tradition that I make them a little red stocking for the tree.
The pattern I use works up quickly and small projects like that are good for the train. I did have to remind myself of the abbreviations though – it has been ages since I got out my hooks and yarn. I’m pleased to report that it took virtually no time to get back into it, thankfully.
So, thinking back since the last time I wrote one of these roundups, what have I been reading?
Edoardo Binda Zane’s book, Writing Proposals: A Handbook of What Makes Your Project Right for Funding, has arrived but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.
I (finally) read Gren Gale’s Project Management for SME’s. Surprisingly easy to read and with little practical nuggets hidden though. My full review of it is here (and you can win a copy if you have 5 minutes to answer a few survey questions for me over here. Thanks!)
And in fiction…
Aside from reading Thomas books, which remain a popular choice for the boys, we’ve also read Don’t Call Me Sweet by Smriti Prasadam-Halls. It’s about a little monster who wants to be scary, until being scary means being eaten… It’s not scary really.
I haven’t been to the library for ages but the last time I was there I picked up House Rules by Jodi Picoult in their 20p sale. I guess they get in loads of copies of Book Club-style books (like Picoult) and then sell off the surplus once the initial rush of book club reading is over.
I love her writing style and this one was no exception. It’s a book about communication and what happens when it doesn’t work in the ways you expect. If you like her writing then I’d say go and read it. If you are new to her, try a different one first (I’d recommend The Tenth Circle or Plain Truth).
I haven’t put any books on my Christmas list but I’m sure I’ll get one! What’s your holiday reading going to be?
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