This Lupus Life

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Recovery: My 2014 Books



I have always read a lot. It is a bit of a ‘thing’ for me. I used to be able to curl up in a seat anywhere and read for hours. Sometimes I would stay up until five am reading in my bed and not even notice the time flying by. Yes, I like reading.

In the last few years I’ve been overcoming my mental health troubles as well as living with the fatigue that comes with Lupus and the myriad little hiccups that have come up along the way. My reading has suffered a decent amount due to this. Not only do I need to get my sleep and fall into a death coma as soon as my head hits the pillow but when I have moments in my day that I am not physically active I watch television or films and just switch my mind off.

Now I am able to focus a lot more, my mind is clear and I don’t always have an unbelievable need to sleep by the time the sun has set each day. At the start of the year I decided I was ready to immerse myself in to the written world once more and to make sure I stayed on track (I thought I may have to force myself at first) I set a reading challenge for the year. I compared my total to one my best friend Hip was doing, as I was pretty sure I could keep up with her, and could easily compare the end result with her too.

I chose to set a number target on my Goodreads account. The total was 30 books in the year 2014. No other parameters included. On the second last day of ‘twenty-fourteen’ I feel confident to release the final results. As well as that I thought I might be a bit fun and try to describe each text in three words, and give it my ‘rating out of 5’. I will also list the date of completion so you can see my order of reading and get an idea of how long it took me to get through. Please note some I read simultaneously with others and so don’t be confused by overlaps.

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My 2014 Booklist 


Fools’ Fate (Tawny Man Trilogy)Robin Hobb – Jan 11: 4/5 Value honest friendship

Les MiserablesVictor Hugo – Feb 3: 2/5 Epic French Revolution

King LearWilliam Shakespeare – Feb 9: 4/5 Avoid superficial people

The Bell JarSylvia Plath – Feb 15: 5/5 Young woman’s depression

Jane EyreCharlotte Bronte – Feb 26: 3/5 Realism style love

Jude the ObscureThomas Hardy – Feb 26: 1/5 realist, fiction, tragic

Lady Windemere’s FanOscar Wilde – March 3: 2/5 Witty, shrewd, scandalous

Lord of the FliesWilliam Golding – March 16: 3/5 Basic societal structure

RebeccaDaphne Du Maurier – March 29: 5/5 Love meets intrigue

Language and Teaching: An Introduction for Teaching – Marie Emmit et al – March 30: 4/5 Essential teachers language

HeidiJohanna Spyri – April 1: 4/5 Little mountain girl

Inferno (The Divine Comedy of Dante Aligieri Volume 1)Dante Aligieri – April 4: 2/5 Funny hell saga

Smoky Joe’s CafeBryce Courtenay – April 8: 5/5 Australia Vietnam veteran

Around the World in Eighty DaysJules Verne – April 13: 2/5 He did it

When Did You See Her Last (All The Wrong Questions #2)Lemony Snicket – April 16: 4/5 Inquisitive children’s humour

A Year in TibetSun Shuyun – April 28: 3/5 Traditional Tibetan lifestyles

A Study in ScarlettArthur Conan Doyle – May 7: 3/5 Sherlock Holmes introduction

Sign of the FourArthur Conan Doyle – May 20: 3/5 More Sherlock mystery

The Valley of FearArthur Conan Doyle – May 27: 3/5 Love Sherlock Holmes

Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in ActionNick Vujicic – May 27: 4/5 Inspiring evangelistic biography

The Grammar HandbookGordon Winch – June 18: 4/5 read speak good

Sole SurvivorDean Koontz – July 16 3/5 Mystery intrigue conspiracy

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle – July 17: 3/5 Again with Sherlock

AnnexedSharon Dogar – July 20: 4/5 Anne Frank inspired

The Willful Princess and the Piebald PrinceRobin Hobb – July 22: 3/5 Novella’s about Farseer’s

Sophie’s ChoiceWilliam Styron – August 19: 3/5 Nazi’s, Jews & tragedy

MagicianRaymond E Feist – Sept 24: 4/5 Medieval Magical Invasions

Children, Families and Communities: Contexts and ConsequencesJennifer Bowes – Sept 24: 3/5 Education through incorporation

Mere ChristianityC. S. Lewis – Oct 31: 3/5 Right, Wrong & Christianity

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Trilogy of Four)Douglas Adams – November 11: 4/5 Hilarious Universal Travelling

The Slow Regard of Silent ThingsPatrick Rothfuss – November 16: 4/5 Silent Eclectic Waif

A Funny Thing Happened on my Way to The FutureMichael J Fox – November 19: 5/5 Inspirational biographical reflections

The Year AfterMartin Davies – November 23: 2/5 England after WW1

Bellman & BlackDiane Setterfield – December 4: 2/5 Ravens and success

Sapiens Yuval Noah Harrari – Current: 5/5 Evolution Homo Sapiens


My absolute favourite texts are (of course) rated five. I would be happy to discuss any of them further, if you would like me to provide a personal interpretation. Having said that I say read them yourself if you are interested. If you want to know why or how I rated certain books, I can also answer and justify those.

I will lastly say that I recommend reading to everyone. The valuable thing to note with reading is that it gives you a moment to completely indulge another persons perspective and point of view without feeling oppressed or attacked. You have the option to take the information in at your own leisure and you can choose how they ‘sound’. You expand your vocabulary and learn about different ways of life and personalities and morals without feeling you are being told to change your own.

Reading is for everyone. Embrace it.


Author: Chevron Spots

I am in my mid twenties and fighting my battles to discover who I am and where I fit in to this zany, beautiful world. I was diagnosed with Lupus in in 2008. This takes up most of my focus, as I want to share the experience of trying to live with and rise above chronic invisible illness, so to speak. I would like to stress very much the information regarding medications, medical procedures and illnesses are discussed from my point of view, and with my understanding, colloquialisms and metaphors. I do not attempt to be legally and precisely accurate for the general population, rather I try to be emotionally and descriptively true to my experiences. I hope I can help in understanding others with chronic illness by providing one more personal recount of just how spontaneous and difficult these lives really are. One day I hope to visit every continent, climb some pretty high mountains, sleep in an ice cavern, marry a wonderfully understanding man, have children and teach more children. Mostly, I just want a simple life, you know the house with a husband and kids. Oh, and no pain.

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