We're reading...

Here at Strictly, we like to read and our choices are many and varied. Some of us like commercial women's fiction, others poetry and literary and historical fiction.

We're here today to share with you what we're currently reading.

Gillian is still ploughing her way through Half Blood Blues while also reading over the first draft of her current WIP as well as the dreaded synopsis.

Debs has just finished Flip by Martyn Bedford which was a fab YA read about a teenager who wakes up in a different boy’s body (a kind of Freaky Friday for lads) – total page-turner.
"Right now I’m torn between starting Nine Uses for an Ex boyfriend by Sarra Manning (I *heart* SM) or else Jennifer E Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight which is getting fabulous reviews across the globe. SO exciting, all this reading malarkey!" added Debs.

Caroline G is reading a beautiful book called The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.
"It’s a debut, amazingly. It’s based on an old fairytale and about a childless couple living in Alaska in the 1920s, who build a girl out of snow one day and are then visited by a mysterious child. I have a feeling it’s going to break my heart soon! It’s so well written. Am finding myself going back and reading sentences again. Quite sublime," Caroline added.

Susie is reading a non-fiction book called The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters, psychologist to various Olympic athletes. He divides the brain into three basic parts: the Human (frontal lobe, calm and rational), the Chimp (limbic area, emotive and driving) and the Computer which stores all the information from the other two as a memory.
"According to Dr Peters, we are the Human, and our aim is to learn to manage our inner Chimp (who can be our best friend or our worst enemy, but is always five times stronger than our Human). It's an excellent model of the human mind, although I'm not so sure when it moves into the 'self-help' area. But a very interesting read," added Susie.

Rod is reading Her Book by Jo Shapcott (again) having just done a three-day course with her at Faber Academy.

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