Christmas Reading List

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors and the most patient of teachers. Charles William Eliot

Today is the first day of my Christmas holidays. After the last two horrible Christmases that I had when I was with him, I hope that this one will be merrier and more relaxing. Since I have been fairly busy this term, I haven’t had time to read all the books I had planned to, so I have some catching up to do.

I am currently reading 3 books which I alternate depending on my mood. They are as follows:

I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton.  I read this detective novel for relaxation. Usually in bed or in the bath. I am a big fan of Kinsey Millhone as I like her independent and tough but kind personality.

Let Go Now, Embracing Detachment by Karen Casey. I read this self-help books when I am in need of a little boost and that I feel myself getting drawn into the crazy world of the narcissist.

68 1/2, Movies, Manson & Me by  Nick Gilbert, my teaching colleague,  fellow blogger and also huge film buff, I read this book when I want a bit of intellectual stimulation. It is unique in its genre and is semi autobiography and semi 60s and 70s cinema guide. It is written in a sort of stream of consciousness style and is very entertaining.

When I finish reading these three books, I have another three books on my list:

The 11.05 Murders by Brian O’Hare. I recently read the book  review on The story sounded interesting and I need my murder mystery to get me to sleep.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. It was recommended to me by another of my fellow bloggers, Daniel,, when I made a comment on one of his posts about choice. Franklin was a psychologist who got interned in several concentration camps. From what I have read in a few reviews, Frankl believes that we cannot avoid suffering in life but that we can choose how to cope with it.

9 Covert Ways to Outsmart a Narcissist by Jamie Keller. I chose this book purely for the attractiveness of its title! Many people think that it is impossible to get the better of a narcissist but I can always dream…

That is it for my Christmas Reading List. I’d better get started…

Happy holidays!


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