What’s On My Mind:
- I’m so grateful that I thoroughly enjoyed the two weekends of sunshine we had in August, because Sydney in September is back to rain, rain, rain.
- Thankfully we are taking off for a week to (hopefully) find some sunshine and warmth in FNQ and to celebrate the birthday of Mr Books.
What I’m Reading:
- The Sun Walks Down | Fiona McFarlane
- Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here | Heather Rose (my lunch time read at work – not what I was expecting at all)
- Womerah Lane: Lives and Landscapes | Tom Carment
- After Sappho | Selby Wynn Schwartz (disappointed this did not make the Booker shortlist – fascinating feminist lit)
- A Woman in China | Mary Gaunt (in preparation for an AWW post)
- Burning Questions | Margaret Atwood (my bathroom read. The brief chapters/essays are perfect for this type of reading!)
- The Gates of Europe | Serhii Plokhy (Reading Ukraine) (my walking backpack book. How much I can read at a time depends on how noisy the cafe is when I stop for a coffee mid-walk)
- Essays Two | Lydia Davis (my loungeroom read. For some reason I have it my head that I need to read Proust before continuing with the next section of this book…)
- Last Letter to a Reader | Gerald Murnane (my Blue Mountains backpack read, stalled around the half way mark. The chapter titled ‘Emerald Blue” may have put me off…)
Read But Not Reviewed (Yet):
- Otherland | Maria Tumarkin
- She and Her Cat | Makoto Shinkai and Naruki Nagakawa
- Haven | Emma Donoghue
- Limberlost | Robbie Arnott
- Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs | Beth Ann Fennelly (with thanks to Kate for bringing this to my attention)
New to the Pile:
This Blogging Life:
- You may have noticed that my posting schedule has become pretty erratic lately.
- During the various Covid lockdowns of the past two years, I had developed a regular schedule of posting every 2-3 days. Now that life is all-but back to normal, I have found this too hard to maintain. I have also found it impossible to pick two regular days a week to be my posting days.
- I’m now simply happy to write two posts a week, publishing them whenever I get time to finish editing them to my satisfaction.
- I do my best to scan the comments filling up my spam folder on a daily basis, to make sure there isn’t a real comment hiding in there. But most of them are pretty vile, and incredibly long. Why they even bother, I do not know.
- Bulk deleting is the only way to get rid of so many – apologies if you have tried to comment and it never appears.
- Just a little whinge about the changes to the wordpress draft editing mode. Various options do not appear to be working properly (list indents is the latest)…until you preview them and see that they are.
- I guess as long as they work properly on the published page I can live with it, but it does make drafting & editing awkward.
- Starting to think about AusReadingMonth in November & the possibility of a readalong of Voss by Patrick White with Bill and Karen?
Book Group Reads Coming Up:
- September – Chloe Hooper’s Bedtime Story
- October – Damon Galgut’s The Promise
- November – my choice – Sophie Cunningham’s This Devastating Fever
- 1929 Club with Simon & Karen is due to run 24th – 30th October 2022
- It’s also time to start planning for Novellas in November with Cathy @746 Books & Rebecca @Bookish Beck – a buddy read of Claire Keegan’s Foster is on the cards.
- The Giller Prize Longlist 2022 has just been announced, which means the Shadow Giller with Penny & Lindy et al is up and running again. This Canadian Literature prize has always fascinated and I usually manage to read a few of the list each year….eventually! I’ve already read Sheila Heti’s Pure Colour, but would also like to read We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies | Tsering Yangzom Lama (set in Tibet) and the short stories of Kim Fu, Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century.
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.