What I’m Reading – My February Round-Up!
Hey there, how’s it going? February has been a bit of a mixed bag to be honest. I had flu at the end of January, mr D then got flu during half term and we’ve had crappy news too. I haven’t made time to read a lot this month but I will share with you the books I have managed to read. If you want to see what I read in January, take a look here.
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics – Tim Marshall
I finally finished Prisoners of Geography. I started off really enthusiastic back in January, and then my appetite for reading about world politics and issues waned. I got back into this book though and the chapter on the Arctic was so interesting. I didn’t realise just how important this whole area is from a global point of view.
If you want to read a book that will teach you all you need to know about geo-politics, then this one is really accessible and easy to read.
Horrible Histories Special: Wicked Words – by Terry Deary and Philip Reeve
I love the Horrible Histories series of books because they make learning super fun! This book goes into detail about language and how worlds evolved into what they are today. There are some fascinating facts and things I never knew. A few of the chapters I found less interesting and speed-read through, but on the whole, this book was great! I actually felt reasonably interested in Shakespeare and the Canterbury Tales!
A Hundred And One Days: A Baghdad Journal by Asne Seierstad
I picked this book up in a local charity shop for a quid. I enjoy mooching for books at car boot sales too. Roll on the spring when the weather is warmer and they start up again! This book caught my eye because I really enjoy reading books that are true. I love learning something as I read.
I’m part way through A Hundred and One Days and I’ve found it a little slow going. It’s an account of the Iraq war by Norwegian reporter, Åsne Seierstad. She entered Baghdad on a ten-day visa but ends up staying longer, reporting the horrors of war. It’s a fascinating insight into Saddam and Baghdad. A must-read if you want to learn more about this part of the world.
A short but sweet list this month I’m afraid. What are you currently reading? Any gems to share with me? I need something good to get into. Something to take me away.