Last night, halfway through an episode in season three of For All Mankind, the ‘new-in-the-house’ book stack by my computer table spontaneously tumbled down across the kitchen floor. A sure sign it’s time to compile my next Stories and Shout Out post!
What’s On My Mind:
- So many reading events fast approaching on which I have barely spent any thinking or planning time.
- I had one rainy Sunday early in October when I started my Voss Readalong post, downloaded images for the various Non-Fiction November weeks and created draft posts for each one, started a William Trevor post and tried to write my next Australian Women Writer’s bio – the second half of Mary Gaunt’s life.
- As a result, I have a lot of half finished draft posts, but none anywhere near completion!
- Fortunately my next two weekends are ‘at home’ weekends. Maybe I will finish some of them soon.
What I’m Reading:
- The Jew’s Beech | Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (novella & German lit)
- Shrines of Gaiety | Kate Atkinson (lunch time read at work)
- A Woman in China | Mary Gaunt (in preparation for an AWW post. I really need to finish this, but it’s on my eReader – ugh!)
- Burning Questions | Margaret Atwood (trying to finish this for Margaret Atwood Reading Month)
- The Gates of Europe | Serhii Plokhy (Reading Ukraine)
Read But Not Reviewed (Yet):
- The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka (novella)
- Lucy by the Sea | Elizabeth Strout
- Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here | Heather Rose (non-fiction)
- Passing | Nella Larsen (1929 club, novella, cc spin)
- Runt | Craig Silvey (children’s book)
New to the Pile:
This Blogging Life:
- It’s probably a good problem to have, but I’m reading much faster than I can write.
- I’m keeping up with note making for each book – i.e. the things I want to remember about the book like the epigraphs and opening lines and which edition I’m reading and when.
- Pulling my thoughts together about what I’ve just read though, has become the hard part.
- I blame the never-ending perimenopausal brain-fog phase I seem to be stuck in!
Book Group Reads Coming Up:
- November – Sophie Cunningham | This Devastating Fever (my choice)
- February – The Island of Missing Trees | Elif Shafak
- 1929 Club with Simon & Karen is next week 24th – 30th October 2022
- Novellas in November with Cathy @746 Books & Rebecca @Bookish Beck is fast approaching. They have a number of weekly challenges you can join in but I will focus on the buddy read of Claire Keegan’s Foster.
- Non-Fiction November – I hope/plan to join in at least 3 of the 5 weekly challenges.
- Lizzy is once again hosting German Literature Month in November (
hopefully a confirmation post will pop up soon). I found it! Lizzy has a new website @Lizzy’s Literary Life Vol 2. Link will now take you to the appropriate 2022 post.
- Margaret Atwood Reading Month (MARM) is also in November, hosted by Buried in Print.
- Voss Readalong for AusReadingMonth. I’m just doing the one thing for this year’s AusReadingMonth, to keep things simple and easy. Although I’m not sure that Patrick White is either simple or easy!
- 2023 will be A Year With William Trevor thanks to Kim @Reading Matters and Cathy @746 Books. I have his second collection of short stories that I would like to make my way through.
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.