The Bookshelf: December Edition

The Bookshelf: December Edition

By Stella Nicholls

Merry Christmas Everyone!  We have a real feast of books for you to read this month, so let’s put our feet up,  sneak that first mince pie (uhm did I say first?) and grab a glass of spicy mulled wine.  Go on, you know you want to!


The Bookshelf December

Ikigai – the Japanese Secret to a Long Happy Life by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

Recommended by Victoria Graham – BBC Spotlight – South West

Ikigai translates as – ‘A reason to live’. On the Japanese island of Okinawa, people live longer than anywhere else in the world. There, finding your ikigai is considered the key to longevity and to happiness. Both inspiring and comforting, this book will help you uncover your own ikigai, and equip you to change your life.


The Bookshelf December

The Ender Quartet – by Orson Scott Card

Recommended by Tom Adamski – Tazma Studios

Tom loves Sci-fi and so recommended anything by Orson Scott Card.  We have chosen ‘The Ender Quartet’ which contains ‘Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind’.


The Bookshelf December

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

Recommended by Amy Ralph – Jurassic Coast Card

Something is happening to women all over the world when they fall asleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If awakened or the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed, the women become feral and violent. In the small town of Dooling, West Virginia, the virus is spreading through a women’s prison, affecting all the inmates except one. Soon, word spreads about the mysterious Evie, who seems able to sleep and wake. Is she a medical anomaly or a demon to be slain?


The Bookshelf December

Slivers of Light by Gillie Sutherland

Daily Reflections To Bring You Out Of The Darkness.

Recommended by Angela Rimmer – Angela Consulting Marketing

‘Slivers of Light’ is a biographical story with daily mindfulness reflections over 21 days.  Angela says, ‘The cool thing about Slivers of Light is that Gillie is donating it for free to Pete’s Dragons in Exmouth.’

The book will be endorsed by Alison Jordan of Pete’s Dragons and will be included in the toolbox that Pete’s Dragons use.  Pete’s Dragons – a charity supporting those bereaved by suicide across Devon.

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