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Hi everyone,

 

I thought a blog would be a great way to exchange book recommendations as I love reading and writing reviews. I've also started putting pen to paper, and have recently completed a creative writing course. Maybe you'll be reading one of my books down the line!?

 

If you want to share about what you're reading, or anything at all for that matter, let loose and go for it!

Snakes and Ladders: Update 1

The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney

I've finally started playing after finishing my Forster and rolled a meagre one last night!  I decided that I'll read only books on my actual shelves at home for this game and this fit the mystery square perfectly. The only board I could find had the coffee cup on it. I'm not sure if that's the official board game or not, but went with it anyway and inserted a cute little puffin to mark the square I'm on.

 

 

 

Reading...

Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 240 pages.

A Room with a View - E.M. Forster

Finishing this one off then I'm onto snakes and ladders. I've loved it!

Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li

Dark Chapter - Winnie M. Li

Apologies for not putting up any reviews lately. I plan to write one for every book I’ve read recently and post them over the next few days.

 

Dark Chapters was a work of fiction, but inspired and based on a harrowing event that happened to the author when she came to my own city and hometown, Belfast, Ireland. It isn’t going to be much of an admonishment for Belfast when I say this, but it’s where the author was attacked and brutally raped. Of Chinese-American decent, she was living in London when she was asked to go to Belfast to commemorate the Good Friday Agreement, the peace agreement that put an end to the period of civil war in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles. While visiting she decided to go for a hike and was raped during this. I’ve actually been to the area she was describing, not that I intend to go back anytime soon now that I’ve been reminded of what happened there.

 

The book works in alternate chapters, from the victim’s point of view and also the attackers. What struck me was the bravery the author displayed in recounting the most horrific event of her life, never mind also writing from the viewpoint of her attacker and trying to understand his warped mind.

 

Much of the first quarter concerns the authors career and home life. She then comes to Belfast where the attack happens and this and the aftermath make up the middle section. Finally (and as this incident is true I don’t feel like I’m heading into spoiler territory here) there is a trial (in Belfast), with the victim being forced to come back to Ireland once more.

 

The chapters were quite short and written in a dark and visceral style, if that makes sense. I felt really close to the action as it transpired, which was good, but considering the nature of the book I think there should have been a little more distance for the reader.

 

It’s certainly not a light read and I doubt I would have read it if it hadn’t been for the fact I’m doing research for my new novel. I’m glad I did, however, as it’s extremely well written and attests to the human spirit and what people can and do survive.

Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 240 pages.

A Room with a View - E.M. Forster

My first Forster and I'm enjoying it immensely. Lucy is charming. Oh, and once I finish this I'll start snakes and ladders, although I'll only get to roll one dice unfortunately.

Non Book Related

Hi all,

 

Just to let you know I'm taking a few weeks off booklikes as I'm feeling quite dizzy at the minute and the scrolling etc is triggering it. Audio books for me! See you all in a few weeks.

Reading progress update: I've read 86%.

The Sundial - Shirley Jackson

Book burning aside, I've enjoyed this immensely. I am wondering, though, where is the horror? It seems very light on that side and more a parody. Ideas, Tigus?

Books...

Reading progress update: I've read 70%.

This Is How It Always Is: A Novel - Laurie  Frankel

I'm experiencing a ridiculous amount of brain fog at the minute, so this book is perfect for now. That's why I haven't reviewed recently, either, but they'll come soon.

Reading progress update: I've read 67%.

The Sundial - Shirley Jackson

"I must go and find Aunt Fanny," he said. "We are burning another ten shelves of books this afternoon."

 

*shudders*

Reading progress update: I've read 54%.

The Sundial - Shirley Jackson

Mrs. Halloran laughed. "Perhaps I am an instinctive book-burner."

 

I know this is a horror novel, but come on, this is too much.

Books...

Reading progress update: I've read 45%.

The Sundial - Shirley Jackson

 

"I could put up signs," Mrs Halloran said irritably ,"reading 'NO LANDING OF INTERSTELLAR AIRCRAFT PERMITTED HERE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.' If any spaceships land on my lawn we will give them Aunt Fanny and Miss Ogilvie. I am really very angry, Essex, Miss Ogilvie, with her wanton chattering, has very nearly sent us to Saturn."

 

This book is very funny. I love it. Book clubs are great (I'm reading this for one), you read books you'd normally pass by.

Reading progress update: I've read 27%.

The Sundial - Shirley Jackson

Things are starting to turn and I'm very excited to see where they lead. I'mm enjoying this immensely so far.

Reading progress update: I've read 11%.

The Sundial - Shirley Jackson

I didn't think I much liked Shirley Jackson, but I'm very pleasantly surprised. I'm really enjoying the family dynamics.

Reading progress update: I've read 5%.

The Sundial - Shirley Jackson

The new pick for the feminist book club that I will go to this month. I wanted to give Shirley Jackson another go, anyway and so far it's looking good.

Currently reading

Indigo by Beverly Jenkins
Progress: 85%
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
Progress: 5%
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
Progress: 30%
Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald
Progress: 100%
Spide: The Lost Tribes by Andy Luke
Progress: 64/64pages