My reading has been severely curtailed for the last two months. Starting my PGCE has really limited my free time and most of my reading has been around teaching- and no one want to hear about my teaching course books! I am getting back on track this month, but for the time being I have a paltry three books to review for the last two months!
PGCE Survival Guide: Tim Handley
(no picture because its an e-book I’m afraid!)
This is an excellent book for anyone thinking of starting a PGCE or considering going in to teaching. It has lots of practical tips and is written in a very approachable style. It defiantly defused a lot of the fear and uncertainty I had about starting university again for the second time. Highly recommend.
How to be Good: Nick Hornby
This is a very easy read which I completed on a train journey to go see my sister at university one weekend. It is written in Nick Hornby’s signature style- a fluffy read with enough substance to keep you turning the pages. The basic premise is that Katie, a London GP, is having a mid life crisis of sorts when her life is turned upside down because her husband has a personality change over night. Its an interesting read which tends to labour the question ‘how can you be a good person?’ over and over again without ever really giving an answer. Nonetheless an interesting and easy read.
The Skull Beneath the Skin: P.D. James
This is my second P.D. James novel and she continues to be an author who I would actively seek out. This is exactly the type of murder mystery novel that I love. More of a brain teaser than a gore fest with a strong female lead character, set in an improbable historical location. The cast of characters and central plot could be viewed as a little outdated, but I prefer to view it with a pinch of nostalgic charm. A great read for those of us who enjoy crime fiction but prefer to be spared pages of gory descriptions concerning the actual crime. I will most defiantly be seeking out more of James’ work in the future.
I hope everyone has had an excellent start to their week, and hopefully next month I will have been able to find more time to do some reading!