What’s On My Mind:
- After my holiday, I flirted with the idea of giving up blogging.
- I’d run out of scheduled posts and I thought, that’s that.
- I’ve got nothing left to
- I backed up my blog and logged off.
- It lasted a week!
What I’m Reading:
- The Birds and other Stories | Daphne du Maurier
- October | China Miéville
- H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
- Burning Questions | Margaret Atwood
- Essays Two | Lydia Davis
- Collected Stories | Shirley Hazzard
- Mauritius Command | Patrick O’Brian
- Last Letter to a Reader | Gerald Murnane
- Fishing For Lightning: The Spark of Poetry | Sarah Holland-Batt
Read But Not Reviewed:
- Elizabeth Finch | Julian Barnes
- Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
- To the Ends of the Earth | Susanna de Vries
- The Moving Finger | Mary Gaunt
- Pure Colour | Sheila Heti
- Axiomatic | Maria Tumarkin
- Tumarkin is a Ukrainian – Jewish – Australian writer.
- Highlighting the disadvantage that many of our fellow citizens live under day in day out is a worthy project.
- Being reminded of our extreme good fortune and advantage in contrast is important to remember too.
- But after four nights of falling asleep utterly depressed and upset, I decided to call it quits..
- However, I have ordered Tumarkin’s earlier book, Otherland: A Journey With My Daughter (2011) detailing her trip back to Ukraine with her teenage daughter.
- Visit her webpage for links and information about Ukraine.
- Which is where I discovered her audio link for a reading of the final chapter in Axiomatic that she did last year (2021). It is ‘a conversation with my friend of 40 years Alexandra who has just escaped from Kharkiv‘.
- I listened and read along. It was incredibly moving.
- Sometimes you think you are done with a book, when you’re not.
New to the Pile:
This Blogging Life:
- Thanks to my holiday, not a lot of blogging happened.
- But I have been reading.
- I just don’t feel like writing about it very much at the moment.
- The Edith Trilogy Readalong
- Grand Days – June 2022
- Dark Palace – July 2022
- Cold Light – August 2022
- Daphne du Maurier Reading hosted by Ali @HeavenAli runs from the 9th – 15th May and celebrates the birthdays of both, Daphne and Ali.
- Cathy @ 746 Books has posted her annual reminder post that 20 Books of
SummerWinter is fast approaching. Time to start making lists!
- For quite some time now, the lovely Paula @Book Jotter has been spreading the love in bloggingland for anyone who wishes to promote a bookish event. Her weekly Winding Up the Week post features events, reviews and links to interesting articles. There is sure to be at least one that tickles your fancy. Including links like this – JSTOR Daily: Lesya Ukrainka: Ukraine’s Beloved Writer and Activist.
- Very pleased to see that Evelyn Araluen won this year’s Stella Prize with her poetry collection, Dropbear. Even if poetry is not your thing, her poems and poetic essays could be the ones that change your mind.
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.