Having a birthday in the same week as St. Valentine’s Day means I have never got caught up the commercial hype that surrounds today. I’d much rather everyone focus on my special day!
But it has been very interesting to observe both B23 and B20 this year with their girlfriends. Despite our parenting model of not observing commercially motivated events with extravagant presents, they have both embraced them. B23 loves the dramatic impact of flowers, chocolates, jewellery and a high class dinner booking. B20, in his first Valentine’s with a special girl, has chosen the fancy dinner booking with some jewellery on the side. When queried about the expense of this on his student budget, he replied, ‘we always pay our own way when we eat out’, even on Valentine’s Day. I like this girl!
(I feel I should qualify that statement by saying that I really like both of the lovely young women the boys have chosen).
I Am Reading:
- Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
- Wolf Hall Companion | Lauren Mackay
- Born into This | Adam Thompson
- The Pea-Pickers | Eve Langley
- First Person Singular | Haruki Murakami
- The Passenger: Japan | Various
- Vesper Flights | Helen Macdonald
- Very happy with my (re)read of Wolf Hall so far. I’m loving it as much as I did ten years ago. The ‘He/Cromwell’ device is much easier to navigate second time around and the historical elements are more familiar. Currently 26% done #WolfHallReadalong2021
- I still do not know if I will have the stamina required to (re)read all twenty Master & Commander books, but I so enjoyed reading the first book again, I know I will be lining up for book 2 in March #AubreyMaturinReadalong
Read But Not Reviewed:
- People From My neighbourhood | Hiromi Kawakami
- Master and Commander | Patrick O’Brian
- Homeland Calling | Ellen Van Neerven
- Honeybee | Craig Silvey
- Klara and the Sun | Kazuo Ishiguro
New to the Pile:
- The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives | Christopher Harding
- The Story of China | Michael Wood
- Dust Tracks on a Road | Zora Neale Hurston
- Miss Carter and the Ifrit | Susan Alice Kerby
- The Native Heath | Elizabeth Fair
- Spam Tomorrow | Verily Anderson
- Sansei and Sensibility: Stories | Karen Tei Yamashita
- Austen Years: A Memoir in 5 Novels | Rachel Cohen
- Into the Loneliness: The Unholy Alliance of Ernestine Hill and Daisy Bates | Eleanor Hogan
On My Radar:
- The Virus is Here: Pandemics in Fiction | Adelaide Writers Week 27 Feb 2021 featuring Emily St. John Mandel & Laura Jean McKay with Sophie Cunningham as one of the curated dozen available for live stream to those of us unable to make it to Adelaide.
- By our summer.
- Mostly wet, grey and cool.
- Not that I should complain too much after the horrendous bushfires last summer.
- But still a week of hot summer weather might have been nice.
- Laura Jean McKay has won the Victorian Prize for Literature with her pandemic story The Animals in That Country.
- Archie Roach won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Indigenous Writing for his memoir Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music.
- Paddy Manning won the Non-Fiction Prize for Body Count: How Climate Change is Killing Us.
- Winner of this year’s Costa Book Prize was Monique Roffey with her book The Mermaid of Black Conch.