Here we go – November – last gasp before Christmas. Haven’t bought a thing and no ideas. Still, I’m trying to fight the panic and focus on the fun part of the festive period. When you haven’t had a breather since April, a whole shiny ten days off looks pretty tempting and cannot get here quickly enough. November has been ok as a month – lots of things were put into perspective, I had my knitting holiday and my favourite Labrador came to visit. When not doing fun things, I have been keeping my headphones on and tuned fairly consistently to RadioiPlayer or Audible – as the quotation goes, stories give us somewhere else to go when we have to stay where we are.
Books Read This Month:
- [5 Nov] The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch
- [10 Nov] Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
- [12 Nov] Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- [15 Nov] The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Top Tens This Month:
- [7 Nov] Top Ten Historical Heroines
- [14 Nov] Top Ten Unreliable Narrators
- [28 Nov] Top Ten Parties in Literature
Clean Out Your E-Reader Reads: 3
Discussions This Month:
I have bought no books at all this month – this is a thing most unheard of. I haven’t even bought any as presents. Between this and the fact that I off-loaded a bundle to the charity shop, I am actually at a net decrease for the first time in living memory. Success!
Blog and Bookish Highlights
- I’ve been reading Lady Audley’s Secret and it is fantastically good fun – think Gone Girl meets David Copperfield.
- I am very lucky to be a part of the most wonderful knitting group in the world and the winter retreat has been one of my favourite events of the year
- As well as a huge amount of audio productions, I also managed to see the Netflix production of Alias Grace – utterly mesmerising!.
Links I recommend:
I discovered the Playmobil production of Pride and Prejudice – it’s weird but I couldn’t stop giggling …
Christopher Bollen has won the Bad Sex in Fiction award – but the winning is never the fun part of this award, it’s all about reading the nominees, each of whom more than deserved to win.
Margaret Atwood (yes, that Margaret Atwood) has a short story in Granta – it’s about Martians invading Canada – loved it!