Friday, 5 February 2021

In Progress | January - February


Earlier on this week I wrote about the books I finished in the month of January and noted that I'd be writing a separate post about the books I currently have in progress - well, this is that post. I didn't want to make my wrap up too lengthy and so splitting the two seemed like a good idea. 

Moving into February, I have bookmarks sitting partway through three books; two of which I will carry through to the end of the year.

The first book I'm going to be talking about is Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field by John Lewis-Stempel. Chronicling the year of a specific nature site, I decided I'd take this book month by month and read along in real time, as my own landscape shifts and changes.

As regular readers will know, I love nature writing, and this title is known for being a bit of a must read within the genre, so I'm happy to be finally getting round to experiencing the book for myself.

My next book shares the spanning of one year with Meadowland, and so although not initially intending to read month by month, I decided to give that a go for this title too... The title being Thinking on my Feet by Kate Humble. 

Thinking on my Feet details a year of walking in Kate Humble's life, and whilst I have only read the month of January, there is been great variety in her footsteps and she has voiced some thoughts that I find myself nodding along with. Kate Humble is an advocate for walking, not only for physical health, but also that of mental health too - something I greatly agree with. I look forward to continuing with this book, month by month, over the course of the year.

Lastly, I have a another walking based book on the go, working my way through a pretty hefty coffee table nonfiction book: A History of the World in 500 Walks by Sarah Baxter. The book is split up into time periods throughout history and I am aiming to read a chapter every month or so. So far I am keeping up with this, ending January having finished the first chapter of 'Prehistory'. I love that I am learning more about the history of the land, as opposed to just a guide of certain walks as we'd see them now.

So, based on all that I intend, you'll probably see these books lingering around a while on my 'In Progress' posts.

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  1. I love the idea of reading Meadowland a month at a time! I love Nature writing but it's not an area I've really focused on but it seems like it would be perfect for this year. I'm adding all 3 books you mention to my TBR.

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    1. I hope you're able to enjoy some wonderful nature writing this year, Katherine.

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  2. The nature books sound wonderful especially with spring just 6 weeks or so away.

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    1. Spring only being 6 weeks or so away is a wonderful thought Diane.

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  3. What interesting titles, enjoy the journey!

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  4. I love walking and go for walks pretty much every day. That History of the World book sounds like something I’d enjoy.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. A History of the World in 500 Walks sounds fascinating. Enjoy your reading!

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  6. I'm always on the lookout for books with a nature focus. Thanks for sharing the books you have currently going.

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