- Three Australian states are in various degrees of lockdown once again.
- The politics of fear is in full flight. It’s hard not to get caught up in it, as states are pitched against states against the federal government, who sends it back against the states!
- Trying to remember instead that I am/want to be a kind, thoughtful and generous person (& not a mean-spirited, narky, person who posts negative, unhelpful comments on social media).
- As a result I have basically stopped looking at facebook and twitter.
- All the weeks look the same at the moment.
- Work, eat, read a bit, watch the news, go for a walk, go to sleep, then repeat…and repeat…and repeat.
- I worry for B24 and about to be B21. Their young adult lives are stuck in this holding pattern. Thankfully they both have good work and lovely GF’s.
- I’m trying to summon up the energy to write a new Covid Chronicles but it’s all so dispiriting. It’s hard to imagine our lives ever returning to a pre-Covid existence. Not completely sure I want it to. But it’s also hard to see a way out of where we are now and an end to this virus. It keeps on mutating. Despite vaccinations, the number of cases continue to rise.
- I don’t mind the quiet life, but I do miss eating out – a lot! And art galleries.
- Hopefully my inner stoic will return soon.
What I’m Reading:
- Women | Mihail Sebastian (part of the Penguin European Writers series)
- The Labyrinth | Amanda Lohrey (winner of the 2021 Miles Franklin Prize)
- Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World | Laura Spinney (I felt it was time to tackle this one)
- Midnight Chicken: & Other Recipes Worth Living For | Ella Risbridger (recommended by a regular customer at work)
- Committed Writings | Albert Camus (non-fiction)
Read But Not Reviewed:
- Yuiquimbiang | Louise Crisp (poetry)
- Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction | Brian Nelson (non-fiction)
- Nothing Holds Back the Night | Delphine de Vigan (read for Paris in July)
- Virginia Woolf | Nigel Nicolson
- The Wingmaker | Mette Jakobson (an August new release with Text Publishing)
- Wandi | Favel Parrett (chapter book for children, due to be published in October by Hachette Australia. For some early thoughts click the link to my goodreads review)
- The Lincoln Highway | Amor Towles
- I was very excited to hear that Towles had a new book coming out later this year (October to be precise) and I was even MORE excited when my wonderful rep delivered an early proof copy in June. I raced it home and started it immediately. I was caught up in Emmett’s story and was delighted to meet his younger brother, Billy. I was thinking a long road trip with these two would be a worthwhile thing to do. I sensed a story about what it takes to become a good man developing. I was happy enough to go along with that.
- Then along came Duchess and Woolly. My heart plummeted along with my hopes. Oh no. Another bad guys versus good guys story. A book where action and reaction drive the story.
- I’m out.
- But not for good, or forever.
- Mr Books picked it up thanks to the great old car cover it sported. He devoured it during the first week of the soft Sydney lockdown.
- He thoroughly enjoyed it. He tells me I had it all wrong and that I should read it.
- I will!
- One day.
- My proposed Edith Trilogy readalong for Oct/Nov/Dec. Will try again next year – this one has got away from me.
New to the Pile:
On the Blog:
- I have been tidying up some of my old recurring posts and images. You may suddenly get weird pingbacks from old Stories and Shout Out posts as I get rid of the 60 plus images of my badge currently residing in my media gallery. I will eventually tackle my AusReading Month posts and some of my Classics Club posts as well.
- I’m in the process of converting to blocks, my TBR lists and classics club lists (see drop down menus above). It’s painful and tedious, but will make it easier for me to use going forward. In fact I have stopped using these lists thanks to how clunky they have been since my move to WP. That means 6 months of catching up and adding in all my new books!
- Time to put this lockdown to good use 🙂
- Adam’s much anticipated return of Austen in August will be a low-key affair. I plan to read my annotated edition of Northanger Abbey.
- For Paris in July I have read a Maigret, a memoir (Nothing Holds Back the Night), some Camus (his thoughts on war and peace and the death penalty) and although Mihail Sebastian is a Romanian writer, his stories are mostly set in Paris or the French Alps.
- I have cooked a Quiche Lorraine from Rachel Khoo’s The Little Paris Kitchen to great acclaim. It was even better cold the next day.
- I’ve read 14 books so far, for 20 Books of
SummerWinter, however I’ve only reviewed 10.
- For Lisa’s Indigenous Literature Week, I read Benang by Kim Scott, After Story by Larissa Behrendt as well as putting together my annual Indigenous Picture Book post. To see all the reviews for this week, visit Lisa’s Review Page.
- Only two more sleeps until we find out the longlist for this year’s Booker Prize. Robert @The Bobsphere has filed his predictions. What do you think?
Until next time, stay safe, and happy reading!