Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Reading and Rememberance

Today is Rememberance Day. It marks the anniversary of the end of the First World War but it's a day when fallen soldiers from all conflicts are remembered. Traditions include two minutes of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (11:00 am, 11 November), as that marks the time (in the United Kingdom) when armistice became effective.

I have just finished reading a really lovely novel
which in part tells the story of one man's fight to survive during the Great War in 1917. After escaping from a POW camp in Siberia the character Moritz Daniecki travels over 3,000 miles on foot to find the girl whos love gave him the will to survive.

The book is 'Random Acts Of Heroic Love' by Danny Scheinmann and is a pretty remarkable debut novel. It's not as lovely dovey as the title suggests but it can be quite moving.

It flits back and forward between two tales of love and loss. The second being that of Leo Deakin set in 1992 who wakes up in a South American hospital to find out his girlfriend is dead.

The two men from different worlds and different times are connected in an emotional climax of this great read.
I have recently joined a website called where you can compile a database of all the books you have read and leave ratings and reviews. You can also compile a 'must read' list for the books you haven't quite got round to yet. It's a great way to find other novels by authors you've previously enjoyed or books on certain themes. Some authors even leave feedback to readers questions. So if your a book fiend, go check it out.
Other Stuff: I have over 75 items of knitting sitting in my spare room. No I haven't been clacking my needles in super quick's all the work of Kirkcaldy Knit Club who are sending some great knits away to charity Project Peru. Well done ladies!
Fave Snack Of The Day: Not been much of a snack day...time to make up for it now. So..what's for eating?

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