- In the past few weeks I’ve suddenly been confronted by the ageing process and genes.
- I am now taking cholesterol reducing tablets (not so surprising, the numbers have been heading in that direction for a few years now).
- But not so expected was the sudden sharp spike in my blood pressure. I’m slim, I eat well, and exercise some, but the bad genes will get you in the end!
What I’m Reading:
- The Last Migration | Charlotte McConaghy
- Vesper Flights | Helen Macdonald
- Phosphorescence, On Awe, Wonder And Things That Sustain You When The World Goes Dark | Julia Baird
- The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
- Hansel and Greta: A Fairy Tale Revolution | Jeanette Winterson
- Duckling: A Fairy Tale Revolution | Kamila Shamsie
- Cinderella Liberator: A Fairy Tale Revolution | Rebecca Solnit
- Blueblood: A Fairy Tale Revolution | Malorie Blackman
Read But Not Reviewed:
- Intimations: Six Essays | Zadie Smith
- Our Shadows | Gail Jones
- Fracture | Andrés Neuman
- The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst | Jaclyn Moriarty
- Landing With Wings | Trace Balla
New to the Pile:
- A Russian Journal | John Steinbeck
- The Cat and the City | Nick Bradley
- Coventry | Rachel Cusk
- Last week I attended my first Zoom book event thanks to Avid Reader Bookshop in Brisbane and Lisa @ANZLitLover alerting me to the fact that they were hosting a chat with Gabrielle Carey about her new bio-memoir, Only Happiness Here. Lisa summed up the chat beautifully and now I just have to find time to read the book!
- Next week I plan to join another Zoom event, this time with Gleebooks in Sydney for Gail Jones’ Our Shadows.
- Cathy @746Books has created a trend-setting Venn diagram to help her work out what to read in November with FIVE reading challenges on the cards (listed below).
- German Lit Month – is the month for reading all things originally written in German – in whatever language you wish to read it – and then telling the world about it #germanlitmonth – I plan to read The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller – a very slim book that has the benefit of also being another #ReadingtheNobels contender.
- Non-Fiction November – with 4 weekly hosts & questions/discussion points to help you through the month. I plan to finish Vesper Flights, The Salt Path and Phosphorescence (Australian) and if I have time I would like to read Stasiland by Anna Funder (an Australian writer on East Germany) or dip into The Griffith Review #68 Getting On (also Australian).
- Margaret Atwood Reading Month – with Naomi & Marci. I have a slim copy of The Penelopiad waiting for this event. I’m trying to work out if this is slim enough to also register as a novella?
- Novella November is still up in the air for 2020, but I have a few possibilities up my sleeve if it firms as an event.
- AusReading Month – hosted by moi. I have several non-fiction titles I’d like to finish, plus I have high hopes of dipping into another Miles Franklin-writing-as-Brent of Bin Bin story.