A Year of Doing Good: One Woman, One New Year's Resolution, 365 Good Deeds
Judith O'Reilly, author of the hugely popular blog and book Wife in the North embarks on a year long social experiment in the witty A Year of Doing Good.
Fed up of New Year's resolutions involving diets and exercise abandoned on January 2nd, Judith is attempting to be good. For one whole year.
She embarked on a mission to do one good deed every day. Some called it a
It is also personal and poignant - achingly so on maternal love.
I look forward to the day when her novel breaks out of the drawer, I really do -
I enjoyed reading this and it was very funny and sent me into bouts of laughter. But I skimmed a bit towards the end, because I felt it was repeating itself too much.
I'm genuinely happy right now, just because I finished reading this book.
Now I just need to find Wife in the North...
Really not for me. By reading this diary, I feel that the author would be someone I would not want to spend time with (I am sure she would feel the same about me!).
However the consensus in the group was positive and most enjoyed it, so I think my review probably says more about me than Ms O'Reilly.
No. I am not a perfect Catholi ...more
She embarked on a mission to do one good deed every day. Some called it a social experiment. At times she called it madness.
Juggling family, friends and a variety of neighbours in the small Northumberland village she calls home, she recounts the ups, downs, moments of doubt and sheer bloody hard work of doing good.
From the small - babysitting a friend's chi ...more
Her writing is honest and humorous. She isn't afraid to let it be known that her good deeds can be frustrating as well as rewarding, and that at times she would really ra ...more
Some of the good deeds are small, like letting people in front of her in queues, some are large (and ongoing) like teaching a disab ...more
On one hand, she did a lot of good and made a lot of effort. On the other, some of the deeds - randomly posting books and phoning relatives, not to mention the poor ex-pats who get a rough deal- or at least a lousy reputation, seem like a bit of a cop out.
I had thought of doing the same, but on a quiet Sunday with family you resort to flinging a couple of quid at the nearest charity to save ...more
Judith has written three books. Her latest book is called Killing State and is out in November. It's a commercial political thriller and her first novel – at least the first one she's allowed to leave the house without her. She likes to describe it as a Lee ...more