One of the longlists I genuinely look forward to every year is the Canadian Giller Prize, partly for the pleasure of seeing some of my favourite bloggers reading and reviewing it as part of the Giller Prize Shadow jury.
I’m particularly keen to get my hands on a copy of Vi as I loved Thuy’s previous two novels.
As for this year’s Booker Prize…to say I’m feeling meh about it is an understatement.
I have The Overstory on my TBR pile, but I don’t feel very inspired at all.
However, I have been inspired by Adam @Roof Beam Reader and his Sunday Salon.
With my life the way it is at the moment, I often don’t actually read it until Thursday, but I really like his views on the world and his ability to source interesting articles across a broad spectrum of topics.
Mr Books & I started a travel blog a couple of years ago on the strength of our trip to Cuba.
We’d had lots of interest and questions about how best to travel around Cuba, so thought that we could document what we had learnt.
Like most of the stuff we dream up, it was a really great idea!
But finding the time to turn it into something we could be really proud of has been a struggle.
Life has thrown so much stuff at us in the past two years, I wonder how we’re both still standing sometimes.
Part of our resilience though, comes from our many wonderful, happy travel memories.
Given that longer form travel posts are not in the foreseeable future, we decided to start a photography meme (called Thursday Travels) that could keep the site active as well as remind us of many of the amazing places we’ve experienced.
We hope you can drop by, share a pic of your own and spread the word to other bloggers who like to travel and take photos of the world around them.
Les Miserables – chapter a day
I’m back on track with this, just in time for Hugo to wax lyrical about young love – ugh!!
Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller
I loved Pure (in a love/hate kind of way) but I’m loving this one in a less complicated fashion.
It’s fabulous historical fiction, not done justice by the cover or the title.
The cover is actually quite lovely up close, but it doesn’t jump out, visually, on a bookshelf with lots of other bright, new releases. I’m 3/4 of the way through and have so far failed to see why this cover was chosen or why the title is relevant.
The Nice and the Good by Iris Murdoch
A mystery with a Diary of a Provincial Lady twist?
As a write this, I realise that I am seeing some connections between these two books:
- families with unusual ideas about life and love.
- the sea.
- a mystery that follows us (and the main character/s) all the way through the story.
- post traumatic war disorder.
I wanted to somehow combine the two as I’ve heard this classic can be a difficult one to get through on one’s own.
I’ve spent the past few years, tidying it up and making it my own as time and weather permits.
This weekend I thoroughly weeded, pruned and replanted one small section of it.
Finishing it off with some lovely, new, sweet-smelling chipped mulch.
I’m not thinking about how many more weekends I will need to do the entire garden!