I’ve had better.
I continue to feel too tired and wiped-out after work each day to even think about blogging. And I’m lucky to read a chapter of my book before falling asleep at night. I remember when I was a kid, how I would read on and off all day. Mostly on.
I was always being told to get my nose out of my book. I could read a Trixie Belden book in a day. I could read so much my eyes would hurt and my head would get that dull-I’ve-read-too-long-cotton-wool-feeling. I haven’t read like that since my early twenties. I love that my ten year old niece seems to have inherited this gene from me. She now has my box of Trixie Belden’s.
I Am Reading:
- The Mirror and the Light | Hilary Mantel
- The Satapur Moonstone | Sujata Massey
- The London Scene | Virginia Woolf (non-fiction)
- Into the Loneliness: The unholy alliance of Ernestine Hill and Daisy Bates | Eleanor Hogan (non-fiction) very slowly. I’m stuck in a section about Daisy Bates that is going on and on and on.
- Yuiquimbiang | Louise Crisp (poetry)
Read But Not Reviewed:
- Square Haunting | Francesca Wade
- The Pea Pickers | Eve Langley
- Gratitude | Delphine de Vigan
- Old Seems to be Other People | Lily Brett
New to the Pile:
- The Dictionary of Lost Words | Pip Williams won this year’s Indie Book of the Year Award after also winning her category of Debut Fiction. She also won the People’s Choice award at the NSW Premier’s Literary award ceremony.
- The Bass Rock | Evie Wyld won the 2021 Stella Prize.
- Phosphorescence | Julia Baird won the ABIA Book of the Year 2021 after taking out the non-fiction prize as well. She also won the 2021 Indie non-fiction book award.
- Throat | Ellen Van Neervan won the 2021 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry, the Multicultural award and the Book of the Year award.
In the Kitchen:
I’ve been enjoying the cooler autumn evenings and Ottolenghi the past couple of weeks.
From SIMPLE I
horrified surprised B20 by baking a Mustardy Cauliflower Cheese. I love it when the end result looks just like the photograph in the book!
It turned out to be a huge success, although B20 was not in a hurry for me to repeat the recipe.
From PLENTY I tried the Very Full Tart.
It took a lot longer than I thought, with lots of chopping, roasting of capsicums & sautéeing of onions. I should have followed my gut instincts to add an extra egg. The middle didn’t really set properly until it had been refrigerated overnight, which was great for the leftovers, but not so great for the evening meal.
Getting Excited About:
- Seeing Hamilton live in Sydney this weekend. I hope it lives up to the hype!
- Celebrating 34 years since Mr Books and I went out on our very first date.
- Spending Sunday night with the boys and their GF’s for Mother’s Day.
- Listening to Linda Jaivin talk to Jennifer Byrnes about her new book on China this Tuesday.
Not So Exciting:
- Wearing masks again thanks to a mystery Covod-19 case in Sydney on Thursday.
- Ali @Heavenali is hosting Daphne du Maurier Reading Week again. I suspect I will only have time to squeeze in a short story this year.
- It’s also time to get planning for 20 Books of
SummerWinter with Cathy @746 Books. Half the fun is in the selection process and seeing what other people pick. Will you be joining in this year? #20booksofsummer21