What’s On My Mind:
- July was a busy month with two weekends away from Sydney for various social gatherings. One with friends; one with family. The friend one was a catch up with all the women I worked with at Mudgee Preschool in my first year of teaching – 1990. Many of them are still close friends to this day, but some had moved away and been ‘lost’ to the rest of us. Some inspired sleuthing found all but one of them. The laughter and tears and shared stories flowed like wine, as did the wine! It was just like we’d never been apart.
- The family visit was to celebrate a 50th birthday. A wine tasting session at Philip Shaw wines lubricated the occasion and helped to keep us warm over one of the coldest weekends so far this winter. It feels weird to now have TWO younger sister’s in the 50 age bracket though!
- We have visitors coming to us this weekend – some of Mr Book’s family this time – to celebrate a belated 50th that has been held over ever since the first Melbourne lockdown. We hope the sun keeps shining for them, but we haven’t had a whole week of sunshine for a couple of years, so I won’t hold my breath!
- B21 is on the brink of becoming B22. At least this year we can go out to celebrate his birthday in style.
What I’m Reading:
- The Sun Walks Down | Fiona McFarlane (October release and absolutely stunning so far)
- The Jane Austen Remedy | Ruth Wilson (for Austen in August)
- Otherland | Maria Tumarkin (Reading Ukraine)
- Chernobyl Prayer | Svetlana Alexievich (Reading Ukraine)
- Burning Questions | Margaret Atwood (my bathroom read)
- The Gates of Europe | Serhii Plokhy (Reading Ukraine)
- Essays Two | Lydia Davis (my loungeroom read)
- Mauritius Command | Patrick O’Brian (a stalled attempt at a readalong)
- Last Letter to a Reader | Gerald Murnane (my mountains backpack read, also stalled)
Read But Not Reviewed:
- Marlo | Jay Carmichael (novella)
- Cold Light | Frank Moorhouse (Edith Trilogy Readalong)
- how to make a basket | Jazz Money (read for Poetry Month)
New to the Pile:
This Blogging Life:
- It has taken 18 months, but the spammers have found my WordPress blog!
- Thankfully the WP spam filter seems to be doing a good job of catching them, but please let me know if you spot any untoward comments.
- I continue to make progress in fixing old posts.
- Any time I link an old post to a newer one, or I get an alert that one of you have done so, I use that as a good excuse to wordpress-ise the post.
- To keep track of which posts I’ve fixed and which ones I haven’t, I use a couple of methods.
- The title-author heading on most of my old used the word ‘by’ inbetween. My newer posts use the symbol | . When I fix a post, I add the | . I also add a relevant #
- Tags are another clue. In the post itself, I now always use a tag for the authors name plus the year of original publication. I fix this in the older posts.
- If the text or spacing is distorted in the CLASSIC block, I either use ‘clear formating’ or the paragraph/preformat option. If neither of these fix the problem, I copy the entire page from the PREVIEW screen and paste it back into the bottom of the edit page using the BLOCK format. If it all looks good, I can then delete the original from the top of the post. I DO NOT use the ‘convert to block’ option. It just makes an even bigger mess.
- In the main menu tab, I have kept my old books read list under the Brona’s Books A-Z tab. I cleared all the old blogspot links. As I fix a post, I add the new WP link to this page.
- 20 Books of
SummerWinter with Cathy @746 Books
- Grand Days | Frank Moorhouse (readalong) Finished 10th June 2022
- The Coast | Eleanor Limprecht Finished 14th June 2022
- Assembly | Natasha Brown Finished 15th June 2022
- The Book of Form and Emptiness | Ruth Ozeki Finished 23rd June 2022
- My Heart is a Little Wild Thing | Nigel Featherstone Finished 24th June 2022
- The Sign of the Four | Arthur Conan Doyle (CC spin book) Finished 26th June 2022
- Dark Palace | Frank Moorhouse (readalong) Finished 13th July 2022
- The Inseparables | Simone de Beauvoir (Paris in July) Finished 20th July 2022
- The Paris Bookseller | Kerri Maher (Book Club & Paris in July) Finished 23rd July 2022
- Cold Light | Frank Moorhouse Finished 15th August 2022
- how to make a basket | Jazz Money Finished 16th August 2022
- Marlo | Jay Carmichael Finished 17th August 2022
Six of the books on my currently reading pile have the potential to be finished by the end of the month, but it’s beginning to look like this year will be one where I don’t quite hit the target. Oh well, it has been fun making the list and breaking the list. And it has been even more delightful to read so many wonderful stories. Given that four of them were chunksters at over 500 pages each, I could potentially count them as two books each #rulesaremadetobebroken
Oops – just realised I forgot to include my Maigret’s. Perhaps I will make it to 20 after all!
- Maigret and the Minister | Georges Simenon (Paris in July) Finished 17th July 2022
- Maigret Goes to School | Georges Simenon (Paris in July) Finished 15th July 2022
- I have gotten very behind in reading your latest blog posts. Please know that I really want to and will hopefully get back on track soon.
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.