The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #2


R E A D I N G

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight, The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, and My Life Goals Journal by Andrea Hayes 

W R I T I N G

Ok! So I’ve started the book My Life Goals Journal by Andrea Hayes and it’s a journal where you really have to sit down and think about yourself and the goals you want to set! 


Yesterday I bought myself a new writing journal (as if I really needed another one) and I sat down to work on the first few tasks in the book. I’ve made lists about the type of person I feel I am; e.g., a teacher, a sister, a daughter…etc. And I’ve written down where I would like to see myself this time next year. My next task is to write down the words I want to identify with! I am happiness, I am fun, I am successful! I’m excited to see how this book impacts my life! It’s not just a once off book, it’s a year long project and I’m seriously excited about it! 

L I S T E N I N G

I’ve been listening to Liz Gilbert’s podcast Big Magic, very encouraging and inspirational! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book and get myself psyched up to write my first novel! 

S M E L L I N G

Smoked Bacon! Someone is cooking and it smells amazing! 

H O P I N G

That I get back on track for Slimming World! I’ve been very off track the last two weeks so I need to get my mojo back and get rid of the extra pounds! 

W E A R I N G

My Law of Attraction top and tracksuit bottoms! Such lovely positive loungewear! 

L O V I N G

Today! It’s been such a lovely Sunday!  

W A N T I N G

A sun holiday! How amazing is this; a friend of mine won a sun holiday worth €1300 the other day… her boyfriend had won the exact same prize just two weeks earlier! Absolutely phenomenal! 

N E E D I N G

 For someone to cook for me! Today has been a total veg day!  We’ve played three games of Scrabble! My brain  is absolutely fried after it and I have zero energy for cooking dinner! 

F E E L I N G

Very chilled out and also very in control of my life! Even though I am totally overwhelmed with work and other commitments, I feel like the books I’m reading are very much keeping my head above water! 

W A T C H I N G

We’ve watched Hacksaw Ridge, Moana, and Storks all whilst playing scrabble. Of all three movies I must say I enjoyed Storks the most! I’m a huge war movie fan and even though Hacksaw Ridge was good,  and Andrew Garfield gave an outstanding performance, as a whole I thought it was only ok! 

Until next Sunday!

C x 

Book Review

Review: The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

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As an Irish twenty-something, I am ashamed to admit that I’m not too fond of Irish authors. A friend of mine has often admonished me, asking me why I won’t read Irish authors when I’m hoping to become one myself someday. Luckily, I’ve started to change my opinion as of late. I’ve discovered some Irish authors that I like and admire and have managed to find authors who take a giant leap away from the “diddly-idle” and “oldies and Irish” style of Irish fiction. Donal Ryan is one such author.

Being honest, The Spinning Heart is a book I had to read. Not because I wanted to, but because I’ve had to teach it. Never in a million years would I have picked up this book and read it because I really wanted to. This is one of the joys of teaching. Without having to read this I would never have discovered this piece of literary art! So, lets get down to the nitty-gritty and jump into my very first book review!!!!

Book: The Spinning Heart
Author: Donal Ryan
Year: 2012
Publisher: Doubleday Ireland

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The Spinning Heart is one of the most brutally honest books I’ve read that takes place in modern day Ireland. Set during the recession of 2008. we are immersed in tragic Limerick where a town is trying to  cope with their newfound misery. Each chapter is narrated by a different character; each with their own unique voice, each with their own story to tell. The characters range from a bereaved mother, to the daughter of the very disliked builder-gone-bust. We meet a character with serious mental illnesses, a devout wife, and an abusive father. Their stories are gripping, their pain very real. While the novel has many different narrators, each character has one thing in common; Bobby Mahon. Bobby was the foreman on the building site and has somehow influenced each of the characters that we meet in this book. He is a friendly character who is always willing to help anyone out; as Jason tells us,

“Bobby done that turn for fellas that was as good as strangers to him and looked for nothing back and nearly made it sound like it was us doing him a favour”

However, Bobby finds himself at the end of some very serious accusations as the novel progresses.

The Spinning Heart is definitely a book I’m glad to have read. For me, it started out slow. I was unsure how I felt about it until I was about three to four chapters in. After that I was hooked. I just wanted to find out what was happening!  I’m very glad that all the pieces of the jigsaw fit together at the end! I would like to stress how accurately Donal Ryan portrays the disheartened citizens of Ireland who were ‘done over’ during the recession. As a young person in Ireland today, often struggling to make ends meet in a country where wages are low and prices are rising, I felt that I could relate to the sense of disappointment that these characters expressed. The knock on effect of the recession is still in full swing and I was impressed to read something that captured the real Ireland of the 21st Century in such an honest way.

My rating:
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Is this a book that you have read or are thinking of reading? Drop a comment below and let me know!

C x