And just like that another season is over.
enjoyed endured one of the wettest winter’s we’ve had in a very long time, while according to all news reports, the Northern hemisphere has sweltered with record breaking heatwaves and droughts.
Thankfully I had Cathy @746 Books challenge to motivate me to get out of bed as yet another grey, rainy day greeted me. I swapped a few books in and out as is my want, but in the end I didn’t quite make it. I could blame Covid, except my dose was fairly mild after the first couple of days, so I was able to use the week off work at the end of June to finish off three books.
The good news – I read 19 books, started the final one yesterday and have completed 17 of the reviews so far. I also have seven other books on the go. If only I had been more focused…being a mood reader does have it’s drawbacks.
I should add that four of the books were 650+ pages each…but then nine of the books were novellas or poetry collections. Swings and roundabouts.
How did you fare this year?
- 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
- Maigret Goes to School | Georges Simenon (Paris in July) Finished 15th July 2022
- Maigret and the Minister | Georges Simenon (Paris in July) Finished 17th July 2022
- The Inseperables | Simone de Beauvoir (Paris in July) Finished 20th July 2022
- The Paris Bookseller | Kerri Maher (Book Club & Paris in July) Finished 23rd July 2022
- No Document | Anwen Crawford Finished 14th August 2022
- Cold Light | Frank Moorhouse (readalong) Finished 15th August 2022
- how to make a basket | Jazz Money Finished 16th August 2022
- Marlo | Jay Carmichael Finished 17th August 2022
- The Jane Austen Remedy | Ruth Wilson (Austen in August) DNF/skimmed 20th August 2022
- Otherland: A Journey With My Daughter | Maria Tumarkin (Reading Ukraine) Finished 21st August 2022
- Chernobyl Prayer | Svetlana Alexievich (Reading Ukraine) Finished 26 August 2022
- The Last White Man | Mohsin Hamid Finished 28th August 2022
- Alone in West Africa | Mary Gaunt (Australian Women Writers challenge) (started but several weeks away from finishing)
In case you were wondering about the seven books I have on the go. They are:
- The Sun Walks Down | Fiona McFarlane (October release – absolutely stunning so far, but I’m in a fiction slump right now, so saving it for when the mood is right again.)
- Burning Questions | Margaret Atwood (my bathroom read)
- Womerah Lane: Lives and Landscapes | Tom Carment (began during my Covid week, when I was desperate to leave the house but couldn’t.)
- After Sappho | Selby Wynn Schwartz (Booker longlist – loving it – intelligent, gorgeous writing. I’m learning a lot.)
- A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century | Barbara Tuchman (Plague read – slow and steady)
- The Gates of Europe | Serhii Plokhy (Reading Ukraine – lives in my walking backpack, so only gets read 2-3 times a week.)
- Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here | Heather Rose (November release – my lunch time read at work – completely blown away. Completely! Not what I was expecting at all.)
- 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.