52 Book Challenge: Week Five

The Walrus and the Elephants was a great read. I thought for a bit that it might slow me in terms of staying on task, as the nonfiction bit almost seemed intimidating. Someone told me to remember I wouldn’t be quizzed on the information so I could just read and enjoy it. After that, the book became an easy read.

I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn more about post-Beatles Lennon, as well as American counterculture in the 1970s. I learnt a great deal about both. Fascinating material. Very little was mentioned about the Beatles, however, so Beatles scholars will be best served elsewhere. If you’re interested in Lennon himself, this will be an excellent read!

This week’s book is also nonfiction but in a completely different vein. Today is the Wiccan sabbat of Imbolc, the halfway point between winter and spring. I’ve selected Nocturnal Witchcraft by Konstantinos. I saw this in a bookshop a month or so ago and was immediately interested. It’s about harnessing the energies of the night– *not* black magic– and using that time to practice. I’m looking quite forward to learning more!

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Konstantinos.  Nocturnal Witchcraft: Magick After Dark.  Llewellyn Publications: 2002.  Print.

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52 Book Challenge: Week Four

This week, I’ve decided to depart from the Hitchhiker series and from the world of fiction as a whole. I’m taking on a book called The Walrus and the Elephant: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution by James A Mitchell. It will be interesting to see if/how nonfiction changes the pace.

Life, the Universe & Everything was a good book, and I heartily recommend Adams’s series. I just felt like he was reaching a bit to keep the characters’ stories going. Almost like he was writing out of force instead of desire. There are two more books in the series. I might well start back with them, but for now, I’m going headlong in to a completely different mode.

I’m quite enjoying this challenge. Reading has always been a hobby of mine, and I’ve strayed a bit from that in recent years. I probably read three books as a whole last year. Now, I’m starting my fourth for the month.

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Mitchell, James A.  The Walrus and the Elephants:  John Lennon’s Years of Revolution.  Seven Stories Press: 2013.  Print.