Read But Not Reviewed:
- Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan – like most McEwan’s I’m left wondering if it’s a hit or a miss – more mulling time required before I write. Also waiting to discuss it with Mr Books, who has just started it.
- Maisie Dobbs #14 To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear (well, just a little review on Goodreads) – a couple of weeks ago I was feeling a little frazzled and decided I needed an old friend to comfort me. Maisie did the trick, as always.
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett – my latest book club read – how on earth have I not read this gem of a story before?
- Boodjar ngan djoorla: Country, my bones by Claire G. Coleman in Griffith Review 63: Writing the Country – not sure how I can adequately describe this one. It disturbed me and moved me and made me curious about reading Coleman’s Terra Nullius sooner rather than later.
- Jokes For the Gunmen by Mazen Maarouf in his book of short stories by the same name. Not sure what to make of this. Somewhat disjointed & jumpy but compelling nonetheless.
New to the Pile:
- All Happy Families by Hervé le Tellier – love dysfunctional family memoirs!
- City of Trees by Sophie Cunningham – essays on life, death and the need for a forest – enough said!
- The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories – cannot wait to dive into these, but suspect they will sit on my TBR pile until my next trip to Japan!
- Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – having recently finished The Song of Achilles, I’m keen to read more now Homer adaptations. That’s how I roll.
- Unsplash for amazing pics to post on my blogs. All they ask is for you to credit the artist whenever you use one of their images.
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What I’m Struggling With:
- Tiredness & a couldn’t-be-bothered attitude.
May To-Do List:
- The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch – readalong.
- Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier – my CC #20 spin book.
- The Count of Monte Cristo – readalong.
- Write my (August) Moby Dick Readalong introduction post.
Scary, But True:
- Mr Books & I are an alcohol & chocolate free zone until the end of May.
On My Radar:
- Endless Game of Thrones speculation and conspiracy theories! None of our thoughts about what would happen in the Battle of Winterfell came to pass – except we did predict the majority of the regulars that died. Needless to say, the Night King was not on that list! Didn’t see that coming, but all hale Arya.
- Which cover of Kate Morton’s The Clockmaker’s Daughter do you prefer?
- The Australian cover (top left) catches my eye every time I see it on the shelf at work, but I also like the cover bottom right (from the US I think). I’m fascinated by the choices that publishers and editors make when choosing the different covers for each country. Teal green is certainly the colour of the moment in Australia!
- Sadly none of these lovely covers were enough to make me actually read the book.