The title of this book is very apt for what I am going to start off by saying in this post, although I didn't realise it until I wrote the title for the post. Sometimes I amaze myself with my ability to not see what is right in front of me!!
What I wanted to really start off by saying was that although this blog appears to have changed quite quickly into a book review blog - the fifth one so far this year I think - it is in fact not really turning into a book blog it is just that I am reading a lot right now.
My book pile - actually stacked and poked onto and into a bookcase - is ever growing and never reducing so this year I really want to tackle it. I calculated that if I read 40 pages a day I can read about 14,600 pages in a year and that if a book is an average of 300 pages long that means I can read about 48 books in a year. Or 4 a month. So I am on track for that right now, I just have to keep going!!!
I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about all sorts of things, our home, my life, my blog, working, travel all kinds of things. Me - never a fun thing to reflect on oneself is it. This thinking will continue although I hope that I will managed to be a little less introspective as time passes. What it has led to is a decision that this year will be different, hence we come round to the title of the book!
The changes are something that I will write more about in another post, but it is funny how it fitted with this book, and more importantly the contents, which was one of the things I have been contemplating on.
This Year Will be Different is written by Maeve Binchy. It seems that I have quite a few of her books to read. I take them down from the shelf half a dozen at a time and there is another of hers in my pile in fact.
The book is a collection of short stories, some just a few pages long, some a little longer. There are 22 in fact, I just counted them. The stories are all set at or around Christmas and tell the tales of different individuals or families who are having their own troubles, how they overcome them and why, this Christmas will be different for them.
Of course this is just fiction, but the stories are real enough in that they are things that happen to all of us and we can all relate to them. Indeed there were several which reflected circumstances which I have found myself in at Christmas, some more than once, and which I have, because that is what I do, felt that I was unable to do anything/wrong/doing something I shouldn't and so on. Reading these little stories though sort of from the other side, I could see that I would totally find "for" the characters and the difficulties they had, so perhaps I should be easier on myself and realise that I wasn't "wrong" I was just in a difficult situation. In future I will try and cut myself some more slack!!
As I said, there are a lot of stories so I cannot tell you all about them, this post would take forever and I have already said a lot. Suffice to say, they are short, sweet, interesting and a jolly good read! Ideal for reading if you are travelling as you can easily finish one or two and not have to remember all that you were reading, or just for reading one before bed at night.
I really enjoyed this book, and have realised just how much I like the "short story" genre of writing, right now it really appeals to me and is very easy for me to read.
So, to summarise, would I recommend it. Yes. What am I doing with my copy. Well, for the first time I am swithering about this one. I could easily pass it on to someone I think would enjoy it, but I could easily pick this one up and read it again. However, I am trying to clear down those shelves and make some space so keeping things when I have loads of other books to read.... Not sure what to do. I must just leave this one to marinate on the bookcase for a while and see what happens!
Usually I end these posts with a question of some sort based on the book, but today I have two for you! Firstly do you like short stories and why and secondly what situations have you found yourself in at Christmas that you have made or wanted to make different? Do share if you feel able to, that is what makes blogging fun!
Happy reading everyone!
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