For the Love of Books | Currently Reading December 2022

Truth be told, I did not read anything worth telling you about during December, but what I will mention are the books I received for Christmas.

The Love of My Other Life by C.J. Connelly | This isn’t what I would have bought for myself, as I am not usually a fan of the alternative timeline genre. That said, I am interested to see how it all works out. Plus the story is set in my beloved New York City.

Josie is a single British woman living in a tiny walk-up in Brooklyn. She misses her family, but her radio show is starting to go places. And sure, she could be a dress size smaller, but no one cares what you look like on the radio. The guy she’s had a crush on for months is finally going to break up with his girlfriend. She hopes.

She’s zipping through traffic on her way to meet her friends for dinner at a SoHo restaurant. There’s a screech of brakes, Josie crashes her bike and her world goes black.

Then something extraordinary happens.

She wakes up in hospital. The handsome stranger by her side, holding her hand and telling her he loves her, is Rob. Her husband of two years. They live in a chic Manhattan penthouse. She works in real estate. And she’s thirty pounds slimmer than when she got on her bike that morning.

Josie has no idea how she got here. This new life is everything she ever wanted. But there’s one very important thing missing . . .

And now she has to decide: should she go back to her old single life in Brooklyn or stay with the love of her nearly perfect new life?

What would you do?

See here to see what the author has to say about bad reviews.

Elizabeth, An Intimate Portrait by Gyles Brandreth | The author met Her Majesty many times, both in public and at private events. He apparently kept a record of all those encounters, and his conversations with the Queen over the years, his meetings with her family and friends, and his observations of her at close quarters should make this very personal account of her extraordinary life uniquely fascinating.

The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama | Obama believes that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us, discovering deeper truths and new pathways for progress.

The former First Lady shares her practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world. A mother, daughter, spouse and friend, she shares fresh stories, her insightful reflections on change and the earned wisdom that helps her continue to “become.” With her trademark humour, candour, and compassion, she also explores issues connected to race, gender, and visibility, encouraging readers to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness.

The next scheduled post will appear on Tuesday, 3 January 2023.

7 thoughts on “For the Love of Books | Currently Reading December 2022

  1. Always appreciate book referrals & recommendations. I’m with you on the alternate time line stories, not a favourite. Worse to me are the time travel ones … I’ll say no more (col).
    Recently I’ve seen a number of interviews with Gyles Brandreth regarding his book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait. I’ll be interested to know your thoughts once you have read. As of right now I’m on the fence about this book. 🙂 I’ll try Michelle recent book, I liked her first.

    Happy New Year Ruth, may 2023 be a gentle year .

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  2. Thank you for a year of book recommendations! I read the first Michelle Obama book, it will be interesting to hear if you find that the sequel is as interesting as the first! I am currently reading our book club choice for the month, So Long Chester Wheeler, not one I would have chosen from a book shop but I am enjoying it SO much.

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    1. I have listened to her audio of the book via Book of the Week on Radio 4 … I think it will be a much easier read than her first massive tome!


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