The autumnal months in Australia have turned into the busiest three reading months of the year. I’m struggling to stay on top of everything going on in my life right now, so creating a page that I can refer back to seems like an essential step in managing my reading and blogging life.
Let me present….
As the weather cools ever so slightly, we can only hope that this never-ending La Niña rain pattern moves on! Our summer was almost non-existant in Sydney, with only a handful of days making it into the 30’s. Not many people I know are actually unhappy about this state of affairs, but I do like a good, hot summer’s day every now and again so that I can go for a swim. I haven’t been for one single swim this summer. Our week at the beach in the New Year only involved wading and jumping the low waves, as the water was far too cold to stay in for long.
As I type south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern NSW are in the midst of a devastating flood event that is breaking previous flood records all over the place. Street, suburbs, and even whole towns underwater, bridges and roads closed, electricity out, and Mr Books and B24 in the middle of it with a van full of furniture. They are currently holed up in Byron Bay waiting for this ‘unprecedented’ system to ease and roads to open again. There are worse places to be marooned.
Some sun would be nice to dry everything out again.
- Reading Ireland Month with Cathy @746 Books #TheBegorrathon
- I plan to read Four Letters of Love, but only peruse sections of The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry and In Kiltumper.
- My aim is to find the very first female Irish and Welsh poet.
- Reading Wales Month with Paula @Book Jotter #Dewithon22
- Bruce Chatwin’s 1982 winner of the First Novel Whitbread Prize (now the Costa Book Awards) has been on my TBR pile for quite some time. It’s time has finally come in 2022!
Easter is in April this year, and I have two weeks annual leave planned. It may interfere with my reading and blogging plans though as we will be road tripping (I cannot read in the car) and visiting family.
- #Zoladdiction2022 with Fanda @ClassicLit – APRIL
- I’m up to book 6 in publication order – Son Excellence Eugène Rougon (1876) His Excellency Eugene Rougon
- #1954Club with Simon & Karen – 18th to 24th April 2022
- As you can see, I have one of the gorgeous Virago Designer Classic books lined up from 1954.
- The Tortoise And The Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins contains a 2011 Introduction by Hilary Mantel.
May is when Sydney finally does autumn. The leaves turn and the few local streets with deciduous trees come into their own. The nights draw in earlier and earlier and a chill lingers in the air all day. Good reading weather, but I am not a fan of being cold.
- Mary Gaunt biography, To the Ends of the Earth (plus short stories?) for Bill and AWW post.
- Kim @ReadingMatters has just started a new Reading First Nations Writers challenge that will run for the rest of 2022.
- My book group is reading Archie Roach’s memoir Tell Me Why for our March meeting
- Also on my TBR is Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia that I have been meaning to read for ages. The 50+ individual chapter/memoirs are perfect for me, as I can read one at a time in between other books.
- Nick’s Aubrey/Maturin Chapter-a-Week Readalong is chugging along nicely.
- However, I am behind. As I knew I would.
- I am thoroughly enjoying my rereads of this famous seafaring series about an unlikely friendship. I am part way through Book 4 – The Mauritius Command.
- Slow and steady as she goes.
What will you be reading this season?