What I’m Reading Right Now:
After a week of headaches and busyness, I needed some comfort reading, and I needed it fast. Maisie Dobbs #14 To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear has been the perfect choice. Familiar and easy to read, like spending time with an dear, old friend. I’m feeling soothed and at ease in her company once again.
Cloud Boy by Marcia Williams is my current lunch time read. I suspect some sadness will be coming my way!
New to the Pile:
City of Trees by Sophie Cunningham
Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin
Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
What I’m Struggling With:
Changes are on the horizon and we’re currently existing in a weird middle zone of anticipation, waiting and wondering. This has been going on since about September last year. I’m exhausted with marking time.
Keeping My Eye On:
Mr Books rampart Easter egg purchases!
He turns into a chocolate fiend at this time of the year and I keep finding stashes of eggs all round the house.
Read But Not Reviewed:
The Belly of Paris by Èmile Zola
Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo – the final book about Raymie, Louisiana and Beverly.
DiCamillo says in her ‘Dear Reader’ letter at the front of this book,
Now that I’ve written all three books, I can see a connection among them. Raymie Nightingale is about the saving grace of friendship. Louisiana’s Way Home is about deciding who you are. And Beverly, Right Here is about acting on that knowledge of who you are. They are all stories of becoming…the power of community – the grace of someone opening a door and welcoming you in, and maybe most of all, having the courage to walk through that door once it is open.
How do you not love a story with such big, bold, beautiful themes? I really must go back and read Raymie’s story to see how it all began.
The Monsters We Deserve by Marcus Sedgwick – read during last week’s readathon, because I thought it might be a light, easy read at the end!
Should have known better with Sedgwick – he is never light and easy.
A bit slow to start, but a riveting, thought-provoking piece of meta-fiction about Frankenstein…and always nice to find a kindred spirit who is also less than enamoured by this much-loved classic horror story.
On My Radar:
Two of the literary prizes that interest me the most announced their shortlists recently. The International Dublin Literary Award narrowed their HUGE longlist down to the books in the image below.
From the 22nd – 28th April Simon and Karen will ask readers to read books published from one particularly year. This time it is #1965club. I’m not sure if I will be able to fit it into my schedule but I have Dune by Frank Herbert and Stoner by John Williams on my TBR pile. Perhaps Dr Seuss’ Fox in Socks is a more realistic goal!
Dinner with my parents last night, the season launch this morning of the soccer season with Mr Books (aka as the President of our local football association), a Pokemon community day in the park this afternoon and the penultimate, season 7, Game of Thrones episode tonight. To be followed by the final episode tomorrow night in anticipation of the season 8 start on Monday (Sydney time). It’s a very tricky few hours for us, as the live world wide screen time is our lunch time…we have to wait until we’re all home on Monday night to watch it together and somehow avoid all social media spoilers in the meantime #canwedoit ?