- Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
- How to build a girl by Caitlin Moran
- Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake
- The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr
- The little book of Wonder by Bernadette Russell
I very rarely read fiction in comparison to my friends from goodreads.com; I consume mostly non-fiction books and self-help, so my monthly updates will rarely show that I have fiction on the list.
I am fascinated by the structure of language and its origins, all languages worldwide, not just the development of the English language. I definitely consider myself a philologist, hence why Mother Tongue is on this month’s list.
I have a life goal to become fluent in 5 contemporary languages and one ancient by the time I am eighty years old – hopefully I’ll live that long!
I am not yet fluent in anything other than English at the moment, but I can understand small bits of French and Italian. If I were able to travel, I suspect that I could feed myself and ask very basic questions in France and Italy, I would say my Italian skills are better than my French skills at the moment. I would also say that the main problem would be hearing conversations if they are spoken fast because I am deaf – totally deaf in my right ear and with only a half working left ear. People ask me why bother learning then if you know that eventually you will lose all hearing altogether? Because I believe that tomorrow there will be a cure for me – I believe that science will provide, so why not live with what I have and make the most of it now? Basically – why give up on something I love, just in case I can’t?
I’m not really sure how I got spoken into reading Caitlin Moran’s books this month either, this is the second book I have read in the last couple of weeks by her and I can see a consistent theme, a theme which is getting eye-rollingly boring to be honest. I shan’t be reading anymore from her, there is only so much masturbation you can read about!
Entangled Life is on my list because I have a weird fascination for microbiomes, fungi, bryophytes and subterranean lifeforms in all its forms. I have no idea where the fascination came from but I can say, that if I lived my life again, I would run away from home, tell social services everything that ever happened to me and study maths and biology hard, because if I could live my life again I would like to be a microbiologist or something along those lines.
The prophets look really refreshing and I was just lured to it, I have no idea why, but at the moment I am enjoying the read. I love learning about Afro American culture ever since I found out my nan was right about her great grandmother being mixed race and from Boston USA. I believe this is fiction, but not sure to be honest.
The little book of wonder is being re-read with fresh eyes and new perspectives; I am redoing all of the tasks in there and enjoying it again – especially as I have different ideas these days about things.
So with any luck, all of these books in particular will have been finished by the 1st March and I might write up the reviews of how I feel about them all.