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3 books, 3 points: January 2018

3 books, 3 points

Reviewing 3 books in 3 bullet points

Happy 2018 everybody, hope this year is treating you well so far! Catching up on reading has been a real treat during these dark, cold months. Here are the books that brought me joy in January.

  1. Deep Lane by Mark Doty
    – A gorgeous poetry book, haunting and evocative, Deep Lane deals with some heavy issues as Doty plays over his past and begins to come to terms with events.
    – Words evolve, with 8 poems entitled ‘Deep Lane’ wind throughout the remainder of the poems. I found Deep Lane not to be a dark and depressing read at all – although it deals with some hard subjects, there is hope in Doty’s observations, ending with a sense of peace and calm.
    – I re-read the book many times, each time uncovering different layers, hints in the words. The poems made me think more about the poet who wrote them, about experience, about humanity – and I continue to think about it now and dip back into the book. Beautiful.
  2. The Lost Words, by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris
    – An incredible, sumptuous treat of a book, The Lost Words is huge, the sort of book that feels magic in your hands.
    – Inspired by the fact that many words relating to the natural world are disappearing from children’s dictionaries, MacFarlane and Morris have collaborated to produce this wonderful spell-book. We are taken on an immersive journey, words and art intermingling and becoming something more than the two, something special.
    – To read the words aloud is to make magic. To run fingers over splashes of colour, movement caught in the stroke of a brush, is to feel a connection with the world through paper. This book is more than a book. It’s an experience.
  3. Fingers In The Sparkle Jar, by Chris Packham
    – The book tells the story of Packham’s life from a small boy obsessed by nature to an adult, via many wonderful adventures with otters, frogspawn, kestrels and more.
    – I loved the wonderfully flowing, descriptive language – words tumble onto the page, dragging me into a picture vividly painted, making the story all the more real and understandable – Packham guides us through his experience of Asperger’s, and how it has shaped him as a person.
    – I loved this book as I found it more than an autobiography – the enthusiasm that runs through the book, from the breathtaking excitement of a small boy onwards is infectious and re-ignited my passion for nature. The bok is also a commentary on how society treats people who are seen to be ‘different’ – living that experience through the eyes of the author brings a whole new level to the debate.

Best of the 3: The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlance and Jackie Morris
A hard decision but this book is an absolute experience. It’s quite hard to describe, other than to say everybody needs to read this, to touch it, and to speak words aloud, to bind ourselves with our world once more.

If you’ve read any of the books above, I’d love to hear what you thought! And of course I’d love any book recommendations ? See you next month for more books!

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