My Week: didn’t really go to plan.
- The dishwasher died last Friday.
- Not a huge drama in the scheme of things, except we had visitors for the weekend, then midweek visitors as well. Everyone concerned revisited the lost art of washing up by hand with good grace, and Mr Books and myself even rediscovered how nice it can be to wash and wipe up side by side, chatting as we go.
- On Monday B19 left for Canberra to return to his part-time job, and in a few more weeks, the start of his new university year. The usual bittersweet emotions accompanied me with this departure.
- An hour before our midweek visitors arrived, I unexpectedly felt a drop of water on my head as I was sitting at the dining room table. I raced up the stairs, squelched through our sodden bedroom carpet to discover the hot water pipe under our ensuite vanity basin had burst. Hot water was gushing everywhere.
- Amazingly a plumber turned up within the hour, my work place let me borrow their wet/dry vac and we introduced my young niece and nephew to the joys of a sushi train.
- A professional carper cleaner/dryer turned up the following day with dehumidifiers and blowers. Mr Books & I have been camping out in B19’s bedroom ever since.
- Rain returned to Sydney on Thursday, along with thunder and lightning and a power surge that took out the air conditioner unit.
- The rule of three says we should now be done!
- Needless to say, all my chapter-a-day reads fell by the wayside this week.
- The good news is that thanks to the rain of the past two days, most of the bushfires are now out or completely under the control of the RFS, CFS and other agencies. The mop up begins. As does the political blame-game and buck-passing.
|The end of Hat Hill Rd, Blackheath, NSW Dec 2019|
What I’m Reading Right Now?
- Moby-Dick | Herman Melville | #slowread
- War and Peace | Leo Tolstoy | chapter-a-day
- Bridge of Clay | Marcus Zusak | book group
- In Love With George Eliot | Kathy O’Shaughnessy | pure pleasure
- Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid | pleasure
- Yellow Notebook: Diaries Vol 1 | Helen Garner | a dubious pleasure
- The Cloud Spotters Guide | Gavin Pretor-Pinney | non-fiction comfort read after all the bush fires
- The Tempest | William Shakespeare | CC Spin
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
- So, I’m reading The Bridge of Clay for my February book group meeting.
- I’m loving the language. On almost every page, there’s a gorgeous turn of phrase, or a line that makes me stop and smile for the pure pleasure of it. At every turn, you can sense how important this book was to Zusak.
- Yet I’m struggling to feel invested in the story or the characters. The back story of the parents has been interesting, but I have to regularly remind myself to give BoC some of my spare reading time (and not just pick up one of the other books that I REALLY want to read).
- I’ve made it to the 30% mark.
- Sound I stay or should I go?
- Yellow Notebook. Hmmmm.
- Like Garner, I wrote a journal for most of my twenties and thirties. It was a pretty angst filled journey as I worked out how to become an adult and live in the adult world. In amongst the emotional dross, were some interesting (most likely only to me) observations, commentary and personal milestones.
- During a major upheaval in my life in my late thirties, I decided it was time to jettison the numerous journals clogging up my life office. They were not only clogging up my physical space, but they also felt like an emotional burden I didn’t want to have with me any longer. But before I tossed them, I decided to read them one last time, looking out for any interesting, important, significant sections. I then typed these snippets up over a period of about a year. I’m in no way suggesting that I am a writer of Garner’s calibre or experience, but my snippets look and sound just like hers in the Yellow Notebook.
- I completely understand how it’s an interesting exercise for the individual to go through this process, but I’m not so convinced that it’s such an interesting exercise for the reader.
- I’ve ho-hummed my way to the 10% mark.
- Should I stay or should I go?
New to the Pile:
- The Year Without Summer | Guinevere Glasfurd
- Coventry | Rachel Cusk
- Murder in Midsummer | selected by Cecily Gayford
- Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
- Hamnet | Maggie O’Farrell
- Middle England | Jonathan Coe
- The Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Shadow King | Maaa Mengiste
- Cherry Beach | Laura McPhee-Browne
- The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
- The Girl With the Louding Voice | Abi Dare
Yes, I know I have a problem!
I want to read ALL of the books right now.
On My Radar:
- A Margaret Atwood Live event is happening in Sydney in February. Mr Books & I have booked our tickets. I can’t wait.
- The Little Women movie – Sunday – fingers crossed.
- A timely reminder/discussion by Laurie @Relevant Obscurity of the pleasures of reading for pleasure, slow, thoughtful reading and ditching reading goals.
- Check out Bill @The Australian Legend’s Gen 3 reading week to learn all you ever wanted to know about Australian Women Writers from 1919-1960.
- January is the month when all the editors @Australian Women Writer’s challenge offer up their year in review stats and thoughts, including yours truly for the non-fiction/poetry page.