The Lost Girls of Paris By Pam Jenoff Review

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The Lost Girls of Paris, is a fictional story of how in World War II woman were used by the Special Operations Executive (SOE), in occupied France in the aiding the French resistance during the Nazi occupation. The story is told using the point of View of three women, Grace Healey, Elanor Trigg and Marie. Using the documents and letters in a simaler way to The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova which was reviewed here.

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Reading Life And Mental Health

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I have not posted in a while although I have continued buying and reading books in that time. The main reason for this is I am, suffering from anxiety and depression, having been diagnosed over a year ago. I am going though treatment at the moment and with the close support of my family I am getting through it although slowly. Though this post is partly about my Mental Health I will only concentrate on how this effects my reading and this blog.   

Minutes Per Session

This is always key state for me in telling how am feeling at the moment, I use a Kobo ereader, for my fiction reading, and pay particular attention to the Minutes per session of time I read, as the better I fell the longer I read for when I pick a book up.  

Having to finish a Book

I know this is a highly debated among readers if you should always finish every book you start. For me at the moment I feel, that I have, no choice in the matter in that I have to finish every book I start as the times when I am not enjoying a book Is it my depression or the book.

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Total time Read each month

Every month I get an email telling me the total length of time I have bean reading using my Kobo ereader. This gives me an over view of how I have feeling for the previous month.

Looking for new books

Like most readers I can spend as much time looking for a books to read as much a reading them, My To be read list can grow every time I am within reading distance of a book cover either in a store or on-line. However their are times when going out side is hard let alone going into the city even to do something I find pleasure in doing.

Communicating

I love every thing about the reading life including talking about books but my mental health means that it is very had to meet people and talk about a book I am reading or even write about it.

Enthusiasm

This is a lack of get up and go with reading or this blog I work out in my mind what I want a post to be about, or even get as far as planning what I want to write. Then my mental health kicks in and I just don’t do it or a I start it to finish it latter and then I do not go back to it.

The above are just of the few ways that mental health affects me in my reading life and they even go and effect my life outside of reading. The one thing that helps me is the ability to talk to someone about what is happening and that is what I advise you to do if some of these things are happening to you.

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The Pillars of Earth Review

Synopsis

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is novel can only be an epic due to its size as it is around 1500 pages long. It also covers 50 years of turmoil in English history from the White Ship Disaster 1120 through The Anarchy, to shortly after the Murder of Thomas Becket in 1170. The novel does this by telling the story of a Building of a Cathedral in the priory town of Kingsbridge and how these are affected by the history of the time

Books Read in July

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history.

My Goodreads rating ****
average Goodreads rating 3.78

Boys from Brazil By Ira Levin Book and a movie Review

Feeling in a bit of a rut in how I choose which book to read, I decided to give my reading life a bit of a boost to this end I have been doing some of the reading rush 2019 challnges which is happening this week. One of them was to read a book and watch the movie, as readers we all know that the book is nearly always better then the film, but I decided to both read the and wach the movie with an open mind.