So – that was November!! Weather was pretty rubbish, so perfect to stay in and read a book! 😀
Anyway – on to all things bookish!
I managed 12 books in total this month, as well as having an interview with the classy, unassuming Birgitta Hjalmarson, author of Fylgia, a fascinating coming-of-age story set in rural Sweden, at the early part of last century.
I got to read books by 5 (FIVE!) emerging writers, and as well as reviewing the last four Shakespeare plays, I managed three books by very different authors, from historical fiction to history to fiction. I also SMASHED my Goodreads reading target, by getting to 160 books 😀 The target had been 150!
Thank you again to everyone out there who has read the reviews, who has posted comments, and who expressed a like for them. Your appreciation and feedback is really motivating for me, and is the real fun part of doing this. THANK YOU!!!!!
1: We Are Not Refugees – Agus Morales
True-life stories, of people who don’t consider themselves refugees. Gritty, holding no punches, yet there is a strong message of hope.
2: The Life of Dad – Dr Anna Machin
Interesting research into the importance of Dads, and the role they do and will play.
3: The Genius Habit – Laura Garnett
A non-fiction look at how one habit can change your life.
4: Grief Works – Julia Samuel
Dealing with the aftermath of death, a process we will all go through. An insightful and perceptive read.
5: Elsewhere, Home – Leila Aboulela
13 Stories dealing with very human conditions of loneliness, love, insecurity and a desire to belong, mainly from POV of Muslim women.
A wide variety from self-help, fiction to serious social commentary – all great reads.
“Exit, pursued by a bear”. Story of irrational jealousy, causing sorrow, death and remorse, and redemption and hope.
Mistaken identities, foiled social climbing, and unrequited love – If music be the food of love, play on!
8: King Lear:
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child – the classic dystopian family.
“Jealousy is the green-eyed monster”. Probably the bard’s finest play, with his most malevolent villain. Racism issues that still are relevant today.
10: Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
What happens in the space between death and re-birth?
11: Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
The Booker prize winner, the first in the trilogy on Thomas Cromwell, the original English political fixer.
12: Titans of History – Simon Sebag Montefiore
Vignettes into some of the main world historical figures, from biblical Egypt to the present-day.
I had such a sense of achievement when I finished Othello, (a play I really love, incidentally). I wrote a post in December on what it meant to me, and I have to say I’m rather proud of myself :D. It seems to have gone so fast, and I do miss the Bard now that we don’t talk as often!!
It’s now almost Christmas, and as I won’t be updating the blog from now until the New Year, I’d like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, and a safe and peaceful New Year! Thank you for all your comments, likes and support for the past year – I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!!