- My writing hiatus is mostly a reviewing hiatus. The words to describe my reading journey have deserted me, for now.
- Instead, I have been tidying up behind the scenes.
- And catching up on my Classic Club duties.
- In case you were wondering, it’s still raining!
What I’m Reading:
- His Excellency Eugene Rougon | Emile Zola
- The Tortoise and the Hare | Elizabeth Jenkins
- H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
- Burning Questions | Margaret Atwood
- Essays Two | Lydia Davis
- Collected Stories | Shirley Hazzard
- Mauritius Command | Patrick O’Brian
- To the Ends of the Earth | Susanna de Vries
- Last Letter to a Reader | Gerald Murnane
- Fishing For Lightning: The Spark of Poetry | Sarah Holland-Batt
Read But Not Reviewed:
- French Braid | Anne Tyler
- Digging For Richard IIII: How Archaeology Found the King | Mike Pitts
- The Moving Finger | Mary Gaunt (short stories)
- The Space Between the Stars | Indira Naidoo
- Signs and Wonders | Delia Falconer
- During lockdown last year, I joined an online talk between Delia Falconer and Sophie Cunningham hosted by Readings in Melbourne. At this point (4th October 2021) I hadn’t started reading Falconer’s book, but I was curious.
- She talked about the fact that her book was a response to everything going on in the world in the past couple of years – fires, Covid, floods, politics – written in fragments to reflect the times, the busy nature of our lives, the rapidity of change, a snapshot.
- What captured my imagination that night, was Falconer’s renewed interest in photography during her lockdown walks and the use of the old Hipstagram app. This talk inspired me to download the app again and play with it’s many filters and films during MY lockdown walks.
- It now seems like this was the main thing for me to get out her book – to pay closer attention to my local environment – to capture the moment – to see and appreciate – to wonder. The rest I did not need.
- “doing anything is a little bit hopeful” after all. And sometimes abandoning a book you’re not really getting into is that thing.
New to the Pile:
This Blogging Life:
- So, tidying up behind the scenes – what does this mean? And what have I learnt/discovered so far?
- Brona’s Books was originally designed to talk about children’s books with parents and teachers.
- My methodical nature meant that ‘tidying up’ involved going back to the very beginning to these reviews about books for kids.
- They were very basic. An image, a brief commentary and a blurb.
- It was tempting to delete those old posts, but I refrained. They are part of my blogging journey.
- At some point, I started adding author details or links to the author webpage.
- I applied ‘clear formatting’ to each post and fixed any images that had gone missing.
- I checked links to make sure they still went where they were meant to.
- And I added/subtracted tags to be more consistent.
- Around the two year mark, the occassional adult book response appeared.
- During my third year, I started to join in various book and photography memes.
- I was clearly becoming disaffected with children’s books.
- My posts had moved from enthusaistic raves to grudging duty reads.
- A few posts have been deleted along the way – photos of my TBR pile and the odd weird book tag or meme that went nowhere/achieved nothing. But everything has stayed. Warts and all!
- Some themes or patterns were obvious though.
- I preferred historical fiction, memoirs and dystopian fiction.
- Character driven stories were more my style.
- Mood had a big impact on what I read.
- I felt strongly about reading and supporting Australian writers.
- Classic books and authors were my fall back position.
- At this point, I joined The Classics Club – August 2012.
- The Edith Trilogy Readalong
- Grand Days – June 2022
- Dark Palace – July 2022
- Cold Light – August 2022
- The 1954 Club starts next week. Visit Simon and Kaggsy for more details, but it really is as simple as finding a book that was published in 1954 and read it.
- I have a number of books about Russia, Putin and the Ukraine floating around my house. Would anyone else be interested in participating in or hosting/co-hosting a reading event to help us make sense of what is going on right now in that part of the world?
Until next time, stay safe, and happy reading!
- This post was written on the traditional land of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 clans of the Eora Nation within the Sydney basin. This Reading Life acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are this land’s first storytellers.